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38 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, May 9.. May 8, 2003 OPM released preparedness guide for federal families The Office of Personnel Man- agement (OPM) has released a version of "The Federal Employ- ee's Family Preparedness Guide" designed for areas outside the na- tional capital region. The family guide is the third of three emer- gency guides the OPM has pro- duced to educate the federal work- force on general steps they can take to protect themselves from a potential biological, chemical or radiological event. "The ftrst two guides have been downloaded about 230,000 times," said OPM Director Kay Coles James. "Recognizing that the majority of our federal team- mates are located outside the D.C. metro area and are directly en- gaged in homeland security ef- forts, this guide will be of assis- tance to families nationwide. Working closely with our col- leagues at the Department of Homeland Security, OPM is com- mitted to assisting employees with safety planning both at home and at work." As with the employee and man- ager guides, the family guide re- lies on the best practices and ad- vice of two dozen experts from 18 departments and agencies across the government. Practical information on estab- lishing a family emergency plan and setting up emergency go-kits is included, as well as resources on responding to emergencies in- volving biological, chemical and radiological substances. OPM distributed a Washington, D.C.-specific family guide recent- ly at a briefing on workplace secu- rity that James and Mike Byrne, director of the Department of Homeland Security's Office for National Capital Regional Coor- dination, hosted for leaders of fed- eral employee unions and em- ployee associations. "The Federal Employee's Emergency Guide" provides gen- eral information on biological, chemical and radiological risks and what can be done to prepare for an emergency event involving these substances. The guide en- courages employees to ask their managers about procedures that are in place and to offer sugges- tions on what more can be done to secure their work environment. Each federal facility has unique factors that affect the security measures that should be taken to protect employees. ''The Federal Manager's Decision Maker's Guide" provides guidance on measures agencies may have al- ready put into place. General in- formation is provided on practical steps that can be taken to mitigate harm in the event of an emer- gency. Throughout the guide, web ad- dresses are provided on where in- dividuals can go to gather more in-depth preparedness informa- tion. All three guides can be found at gency. Also Contributing to the family guide was the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They have provided useful practical steps to protect family pets before and during an emer- gency. Team Garey earns Diamor a Level status Century 21 Real Estate Corpo- ration, franchiser of the world's largest residential real estate sales organization, has recognized the achievement of Team Garey fol- lowing its continuous sales suc- cess. Diamond Level status is award- ed to an agent who has met mini- mum adjusted gross commissions of $150,000 or 50 units. Gold-plated lapel pins with dia- mond accent were awarded to the team, in addition to a trophy and a personal invitation to attend a Century 21 Master's Retreat. "We are thrilled to recognize the work of Alan and Sherry Garey for this significant achievement," said Michael Wilgus, presi- dent and man- aging broker of Century 21 Wilgus. "The Centu- GARgY ry 21 system commends the dedication, profes- sionalism and commitment to quality service that is the hallmark of the Century 21 System." Both Gareys are accredited buyer representatives. Alan Garey is also a graduate of BBB to present seminar on membership benefits The Better Business Bureau of Delaware wi|l present a seminar, for members only, from 8 to 10 a.m., May 13, at the Dover Downs Hotel & Conference Center. The seminar will address getting the most out of bureau memberships, how to protect businesses from phony invoices and identity theft seams. The event will also offer an opportunity for members to meet bureau staff and fellow members. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers; the cost in- cludes a continental breakfast. For more information or to register, call 302-230-0112, Ext. 17. BOINES BEACH HOMES, INC.00 276 HIGHWAY ONE, LEWES, DE 19958 Phone: 302-644-7333, Fax: 302-644-7401 Visit us at: Email: Specializing in the Realtors Institute, the area's first seniors real estate specialist and has recently joined less than 2 percent of the nation's Realtors by completing the requirements for rresidential specialist. For more information, visit Century 21 properties can also be seen on BOA TER "S DELIGHT Large 3BR mobile home with additions, located on one of the largest waterfront lots in Pot Nets. Split Bedroom plan with wonderful water views. Great Bonus: Private dock is included in lot rent!! Listed at $91,000. Call Donna Atsidis , at 227-5091 NEW NUMBERS Direct: 302-227-5091 Toll Free: 866-651-2192 COIJI}UJleM. Office: 302-227-6200 BANlieR [3 Email: 4421 Coastal Highway Rehoboth Beach, DE