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  September is National Preparedness Month!



September is National Preparedness Month. The theme this year is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

The emphasis is on 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. The following is an easy-to-follow planning guideline: 

Step 1: Stay Informed

Know what kind of hazards you’re susceptible to, and how to get information about emergencies that are occurring in your area. Montgomery County offers Alert Montgomery emergency messaging, which sends emails and texts to your cell phone so that you can be informed about severe weather, traffic disruptions, power outages, and floods, among other events. Sign up for Alert Montgomery .

Step 2:  Make a Plan

Take some time to figure out how you are going to reach your family in times of disaster. Do you have an in-town contact, as well as an out-of-town contact?  This is important because it may be easier to reach someone out of town during an emergency because of overloaded phone lines in the affected area. Also have two places to meet your family and loved ones in case you need to evacuate. One outside your home in a safe location, and one outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home.  Be sure your plan has considerations for children, older adults, pets, and those with access and functional needs, if needed. Find more information about making a plan.

Step 3: Make a Kit

Think about what you’ll need for basic survival, and make an emergency supply kit to have readily available in case you need to evacuate or shelter in place. Items that should be in your kit include: water, batteries, flashlight, food, clothes and shoes, can opener, hygiene products, medication, and others.   Find more information about emergency kits.

Step 4: Get Involved

Finally, help others to be prepared, once you have your items and plan ready. Contact older relatives, neighbors, and friends to assist them in getting prepared, and also check on them after an event.  Support neighborhood associations that are involved in emergency response, or better yet, join an emergency volunteer association, or get training on CPR and first aid. Find more information about some of these groups.

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 those losses.



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National Preparedness Month Events

September 12, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Senior Preparedness Seminar
White Oak Recreation Center
Silver Spring, MD


September 19, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Emergency Preparedness
Silver Spring Civic Center
Silver Spring, MD
Registration required

September 21, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Community Emergency Preparedness
Upcounty Regional Services Center
Germantown, MD

Registration required 

September 22, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Senior Preparedness Seminar
Long Branch Recreation Center
Silver Spring, MD

September 23, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Senior Preparedness Seminar
Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center
Silver Spring, MD

September 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Community Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Headquarters
Gaithersburg, MD
Registration required

September 28, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Senior Preparedness Seminar
Damascus Senior Center
Damascus, MD

September 30, 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Disaster Movie Event (Outbreak)
Executive Office Building
Rockville, MD

Emergency Management Accreditation Progam Seal

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