Media Contacts: John C. Shelton

314-615-8922

jshelton@stlouisco.com

Lori O. Willis

Schnuck Markets, Inc

314-994-4602

lwillis@schnucks.com

July 25, 2007

St. Louis County Health Department and Schnucks Team Up to Plan for Emergencies

ST. LOUIS - One year after families in the St. Louis region were severely impacted by two separate summer storms, the Saint Louis County Department of Health and select Schnucks stores have teamed up to help jump start family preparedness planning. Health Department officials will give away several family emergency kits in a series of four-hour, in-store events now through Aug. 30. (See schedule).

Health department employees will base their face-to-face presentations on Missouri's "Ready in Three" emergency preparedness program. The "Ready in Three" program features a pamphlet created by Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services that offers three steps to emergency response: Create a Plan, Prepare a Kit and Listen for Information.

"Families, schools, churches and other organizations can help save lives by making time to plan, prepare and take a proactive approach to disaster response education," said Health Department Director Dr. Dolores Gunn.

The health department has already put family emergency planning information in the hands thousands of people across the region," said Gunn. "Now, we are taking our message into Schnucks grocery stores where we can reach families right in their own neighborhoods."

Dianna Pasley, director of Food Safety at Schnucks says, "Our partnership with the Health Department is a complement to the planning that is underway at Schnucks. We are planning ahead and running various scenarios for ourselves to help ensure that, in the event of a disaster, we can continue serving our customers and the community."

Giveaways at the in-store events will include educational materials on how to stop the spread of germs, plan for emergencies including widespread disasters or pandemics, and a list of supplies you will need to ensure your family is prepared in the event of an emergency.
Along with brochures and personalized disaster preparedness training, at each Schnucks location, several families will win a 4-person, 3-day emergency kit on wheels.

Staff members of the St. Louis County Health Department are available to make special presentations to businesses across the community. For more information, please contact Eleanor Peters at 314-615-1646 or epeters@stlouisco.com

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 101 stores (including five Logli stores) and 98 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.

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Upcoming Health Department Visits at Schnucks (times are 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. for weekdays and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturdays):

Thursday, July 26 Creve Coeur 10650 Olive St. 63141

Thursday, July 26 Bridgeton 11253 St. Charles Rock Rd. 63044

Friday, July 27 Butler Hill 4333 Butler Hill Rd. 63128

Friday, July 27 Wildwood 16580 Manchester 63040

Saturday, July 28 University City 6920 Olive Blvd. 63130

Monday, July 30 Woods Mill 1060 Woods Mill Rd. 63017

Tuesday, July 31 Affton 10070 Gravois 63123

Wednesday, Aug. 1 Concord Village 5434 Southfield Center 63123

Thursday, Aug. 2 Cool Valley 1225 S. Florissant 63121

Thursday, Aug. 2 Westfall Plaza 8037 W. Florissant 63136

Friday, Aug. 3 Cross Keys 13987 New Halls Ferry 63033

Saturday, Aug. 4 Ballwin 15425 Manchester 63011

Monday, Aug. 6 Sierra Vista 1589 Sierra Vista Pl. 63138

Saturday, Aug. 11 Kirkwood 10233 Manchester 63122

Monday, Aug. 20 Florissant 8200 N. Lindbergh 63031

Tuesday, Aug. 21 Brentwood 8800 Manchester 63144

Monday, Aug. 27 Eureka 245 East 5th St. 63025

Tuesday, Aug. 28 Grandview 74 Grandview Plaza 63033

Wednesday, Aug. 29 Webster Groves 8650 Big Bend 63119

Thursday, Aug. 20 Crestwood 9540 Watson Rd. 63126