September is recognized as National Preparedness Month and is a great time to review your readiness for severe weather and other emergencies. Throughout the month, government agencies, businesses, community groups, schools and families are participating in events under the theme “Prepared, Not Scared.”
“Damage from natural or man-made disasters can strike without notice and are indiscriminate across all lines of the socioeconomic spectrum,” said Calvert County Director of Public Safety Jackie Vaughan. “Citizens must take proactive steps to be prepared in the event a disaster strikes. Every family, household and business should develop a disaster plan, build an emergency kit, and practice the plan to be better prepared when disaster strikes.”
Making preparations before an imminent threat can make communities more resilient. Hazards common to Maryland include flooding, high wind, severe thunderstorms and winter storms. Below are a few tips from www.ready.gov to get you and your family on the right path to being prepared.
Discuss these four questions with your family and friends to start your emergency plan:
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
Be sure to fill out a Family Emergency Plan. As you develop your plan, tailor it and your supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss roles and responsibilities with people in your network and cover topics like communication, care of children, pets or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Keep in mind these factors when developing a plan:
- Different ages of members within your household
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Locations frequented
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
- Languages spoken
- Cultural and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals
- Households with school-aged children
To keep abreast of local conditions and emergency information, residents are encouraged to download the free “Prepare Me Calvert” emergency preparedness mobile application available for iOS (Apple) and Android devices. Residents can also sign up for Calvert County ALERT online at www.CalvertCountyMd.gov by clicking on the Emergency Alerts button.
Those without internet access can contact the Calvert County Division of Emergency Management at 410-535-1600, ext. 2638, to sign up or to receive additional emergency preparedness information.
For information on Calvert County Government, visit www.CalvertCountyMd.gov.
The Calvert Board of County Commissioners that the month of September 2019, be known as “Calvert County Preparedness Month.” It was further proclaimed that all citizens are urged to join with the Calvert County Department of Public Safety and Division of Emergency Management in carrying the message of preparedness to the community.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon