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Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Meeting

The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) invites residents to attend a planning meeting on December 14, 2017 to review and update the County Hazard Mitigation Plan, which must be reviewed and updated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) every five years. The purpose of the update is to ensure that the Mitigation Plan reflects relevant information, enhanced analysis, and revised community priorities. The current plan was approved by FEMA in 2013.

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Gaithersburg Library at 18330 Montgomery Village Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879. There are limited free parking spaces.

Sign language interpreter services will be provided only upon request with at least 72 hours notice prior to the event. If these aids or other services or information are needed, please call OEMHS at 240-777-2334 or email 

Winter Weather: Are You Prepared?

While the first day of winter is not officially until December 21st, the threat for winter weather begins now. As our calendar year comes to an end, the days and nights turn colder and the potential for winter weather conditions begins. With winter weather, there are several aspects that you may want to be aware of and prepare for, such as: slippery road/sidewalks, cold temperatures, heavy snow and ice, frostbite, and windchill. The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security encourages you prepare, dress warmly, and stay safe.

The arrival of winter also means many of us will be participating in holiday events. Between cooking a holiday dinner, decorating our homes, shopping online, and traveling to and from family and friends, it’s important to recognize the hazards that lie beneath the merriment. To keep our holidays festive and fun, consider the following safety tips:
  • Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant or flame retardant.
  • Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
  • Keep children and pets away from lit candles.
  • If you have a tree, add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily.
  • Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of light strands to connect.
  • Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.
  • Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.
  • Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector.
  • Keep fire extinguishers on hand, and make sure everyone in your house knows how to use them. House fires pose an additional risk, as more people turn to alternate heating sources without taking the necessary safety precautions.
In addition, get prepared for this upcoming winter season by updating and stocking your emergency supplies! For a complete list of supplies, check out our Emergency Kit webpage .
Winter emergency kit

Winter Weather: Have You Prepared Your Vehicle?

Don't let winter storms take you by surprise! Now that the middle of autumn is upon is, residents should take some time to review make preparations for winter weather. Winter storms can occur as early as mid-fall, so it's best to prepared early. We recommend updating your emergency kit  to include items for the winter weather; such as seasonal clothes, blankets, and a shovel for your car. You never know when you could encounter car troubles or road closures during winter weather. 

Building an Emergency supply kit for your car.

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