September 11, 2019

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and it is a good time for you and your loved ones to prepare for an emergency. Montgomery County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) joins with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in promoting this year’s national preparedness campaign themed "Prepared, Not Scared."

OEMHS is providing and supporting dozens of events throughout the month to help residents with emergency planning. The 2019 national preparedness campaign has four unique themes:
  • Sept. 1 - 7: Save Early for Disaster Costs
  • Sept. 8 - 14: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters
  • Sept. 15 - 21: Teach Youth to Prepare for Disasters
  • Sept. 22 – 30: Get Involved in Your Community’s Preparedness
The Montgomery County Business Connect program will present a workshop titled, “When Disaster Strikes – A Guide to Preparing Businesses”. This free workshop led by OEMHS experts will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Upcounty Regional Services Center located at 12900 Middlebrook Road Germantown.

Small businesses are especially vulnerable to disaster with 43 percent of businesses impacted by a disaster never reopening and 29 percent closing permanently within two years of a disaster. The class will help ensure you are prepared to react and recover when the unexpected happens.