Governor Albert Bryan Jr. has issued seven proclamations for October honoring and commemorating a variety of organizations, public education initiatives and other noteworthy causes, including a proclamation noting National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
National Domestic Violence Month honors efforts to educate the public and raise awareness of the lives lost and families damaged by domestic abuse. One in every three women and one in every four men has been affected by domestic violence.
Fire Prevention Week, which takes place Oct. 5-9, honors the V.I. Fire Service for its commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of all residents of the territory. The 2020 theme is “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen.”
Careers in Construction Month notes the efforts of educating and expanding jobs and careers in the construction industry.
National Cybersecurity Awareness Month notes the vital role technology plays in all aspects of daily living and commemorates efforts to make the public aware of the necessity to protect their data from identity theft.
National Farm to School Month commemorates farm-to-school programs that connect schools with local farms and food producers to strengthen local agriculture and increase student access to nutrient-dense foods for their health and well-being.
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month recognizes the rare genetic neurological disorder that affects almost exclusively girls and women. Those diagnosed with Rett Syndrome require maximum assistance with daily living activities because more than half of those affected lose their ability to walk.
Red Ribbon Week recognizes the problems caused by drug abuse/alcohol addiction and the unified efforts across the community to help those who suffer from addiction. It is celebrated across the nation Oct. 23-30.