September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” National Preparedness Month is a great reminder for us and our loved ones to develop, update, and communicate our emergency plans.

Each week this month, focus on different elements of your preparedness:

September 1-4: Make A Plan

Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Make sure to update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations due to COVID-19.

OEMHS will host a "Making a Plan" Zoom webinar on Thursday, September 2 at 6:30 PMRegister for the Making a Plan Zoom Webinar
 

September 5-11: Build A Kit
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Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your home.  Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

OEMHS will host a "Building a Kit" Zoom webinar on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 PM. Register for the Building a Kit Zoom Webinar.


September 12-18: Low-Cost, No-Cost Preparedness


Limit the impacts that disasters have on you and your family.  Know the risk of disasters in your area. Learn how to make your home stronger in the face of storms and other common hazards.  Check your insurance coverage to make sure it is up-to-date.





September 19-25: Teach Youth About Preparedness


Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.

 



Emergency Preparedness in 4 steps

1. Stay Informed

As a part of your emergency planning process, plan to stay informed. Tune into local news broadcasts via radio or television before, during, and after emergencies to be sure your getting the latest information. You can also go to the County's main website to check for updates. 

Alert Montgomery Logo Subscribe to Alert Montgomery  to receive emergency alerts from Montgomery County directly to your mobile devices. Through this service, Montgomery County officials can send event updates, warnings, and instructions right to you. With Alert Montgomery, you can pick and choose what categories you would like to subscribe to, such as: severe weather, severe traffic, public health, school closures, community use of public facilities, and more. This is an accessible emergency notification service provided by the County to send alerts via text, email, phone, and TTY/TTD to people who live or work in the County.

2. Make a Plan

Do you have an emergency plan for yourself, family, or friends? If not, now is the perfect time to look for resources and create those emergency plans! 

Photo of the Covers for the Are You Ready Emergency Preparedness WorkbooksCreating your Family's emergency plan doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. OEMHS has plenty of   resources  to help you get started with your plans! Our   Are You Ready? Emergency Preparedness Workbooks are a fill-in-the-blank emergency plan that also includes a guide for local sources of information. 


This workbook can help you keep all of your emergency information in one place, such as: Insurance information, contact information for doctor's and specialists, veterinarian contact information, as well as contact information for your support network (ie. family and friends). This workbook is available in  English Spanish French Simplified Chinese Amharic Korean Russian , and  Vietnamese .

If you would like a hard copy of this workbook, please call 3-1-1 or send an email to  Emergency.Management@montgomerycountymd.gov  to place your request.

3. Make a Kit

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One of the most critical steps you can take to sustain yourself and your family during a disaster is to create an emergency kit before the disaster strikes. An emergency kit contains items you might need during an emergency to sustain yourself and your family. These items will help you if you are asked to stay home for as many as three days.

 

4. Get Involved

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Get involved
in emergency preparedness by helping your community! Request a speaker from OEMHS to come and speak on emergency preparedness at your organizations next event. Routinely check our website and social media pages to see what community trainings are being offered. Lastly, check out some organizations involved in emergency preparedness and volunteer!

 

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