What more appropriate way to kick off the official start of the hurricane season than by a PrepareAThon Party? On Sunday, June 1, Dave & Buster’s Virginia Beach hosted Coastal Virginia’s Hurricane PrepareAThon Party, organized by Mrs. Virginia International 2014, Cheryl Nelson. Nelson, a Smithfield resident, is a freelance broadcast meteorologist and ambassador for NOAA’s Weather Ready Nation. As a partner with IAEM & FEMA’s Ready.gov campaign, the title holder saw FEMA’s initiative as a perfect opportunity to help raise awareness about hurricane preparedness. “I thought, bring everyone together to have some fun and learn information about hurricane preparedness. Having a kit, having a family plan and knowing what your risks are. Yes, we are prone to hurricanes in Coastal Virginia. People are more prone to learn by having some fun & winning prizes. That was the whole point of the party,” she shared.
With over 30 vendors, including American Red Cross, Survival Food Plan and Thrive Life, there was a wealth information available to help area residents to become informed and aware regarding storm preparation. US 106.1‘s Dave Parker, a former meteorologist himself, lent his voice and WAVY TV’s Don Slater, Jeremy Wheeler and Jeff Edmondson made appearances and signed autographs. Boy Scout Troop #63 from Virginia Beach led a preparedness demonstration, informing the crowd of what to do in different weather-related scenarios. The event wrapped up with great giveaways and prizes donated by attending vendors. From the freebies on vendors tables to the gift baskets, gift cards and even cash, attendees left with their hands full.
As Mrs. Virginia gave back to the area through the PrepareAThon party, if you would like to support her in return, you can head to her website, CherylNelsonVA.Com to support her efforts at the 2014 Mrs. International Pageant. The pageant will be held July 25-26, 2014 in Jacksonville, Florida. To vote for Cheryl online, click here.