September 1, 2015

September is National Preparedness Month: Don’t wait, Communicate!


The Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) reminds residents that September is National Preparedness Month. Every year, emergencies affect millions of people globally, causing injuries, fatalities, economic losses and emotional stress. However, simple emergency planning and preparedness can greatly decrease losses.

This year’s theme of “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today” emphasizes taking action now to be prepared for eventual emergencies. Planning strategies should be in place for family and pets, as well as the workplace and the greater community.

See the list of tips and links to more information from press release.

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  1. A Preparedness Fair on September 16th will be held on the parking lot at Johns Hopkins and NCI at the Shady Grove Farmers Market. Information on how to make an emergency plan and how to put together an emergency supply kit will be provided. Attendees also will receive information about how they can stay informed during emergency situations.
    FEMA has dedicated each week of September to a different hazard-focused theme: floods, wildfires, hurricanes and power outages.
    Confirmed participants at the fair include:
    * American Red Cross * Johns Hopkins University * Montgomery Amateur Radio Club* Montgomery County Auxiliary Communications Service* Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team* Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security* National Cancer Institute Emergency Response Team * National Cancer Institute Emergency Management and Physical Security Branch * National Institutes of Health Division of Emergency Management * National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management and Research Center* U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
    Many participating organizations will have interactive displays. For example, the American Red Cross will have the emergency response vehicle on location. The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club will show how ham radio communications can be used in emergencies. Some groups will hand out products to help people in emergencies. JHU, for example, will distribute survival rescue blankets and key chain flashlights with compasses.
    The event is scheduled to coincide with the Shady Grove Farmers Market, in the parking lot across from NCI/JHU also held on campus that day, so the community can learn about preparedness while enjoying the farmers market. The event starts at 11:00 and will end at 2:00.
    - See more at: http://mcc.jhu.edu/news/jhu-government-agenices-red-cross-hold-emergency-preparedness-fair#sthash.Ub0iscer.dpuf

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