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September is National Preparedness Month!


The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has been gearing up for National Preparedness Month (NPM) by conducting and supporting a number of events to help our community prepare for disasters.  Registration is open for many of them, so check our calendar below for a list of these events and information about how to register.  We are still planning other events, so also check our website frequently for future additions!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter  and  Facebook  for preparedness tips throughout the month of September, as well information about other events that we will be participating in. Be sure to use the hashtag  #MoCoPrepares  on social media when promoting or attending NPM events so that we can help promote your event and share our community's involvement in NPM activities. 
If you would like to plan or are planning your own preparedness event in your community, feel free to include us!  You can use the Speaker Request form on our website to request a speaker.  If you need some of our emergency preparedness outreach materials for the event, you can email Emergency.Management@montgomerycountymd.gov or call 3-1-1 to make that request.  

We look forward to seeing you at our National Preparedness Month events!

Practice Your Plan

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Once you have an emergency plan established for your household or business, it's important to practice! Practicing your plan does not have to be complicated; it's as simple as practicing a fire drill at home, practicing how to shelter-in-place whether you're at home or work, or just practicing evacuating with your pets in the car. 

Have a discussion afterwards to determine what parts of your plan worked and what parts didn't. Then go back in your plan and revisit the parts that didn't work so well and try something else. After practicing, your family will become more comfortable with the plan and more comfortable using it during a real emergency. 


Build Out Your Plan

Now that you have a plan that your family has practiced an become comfortable with, build out your plan! FEMA has put together a list of things you can do to build out your plans:

  1. Build an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit which includes household, financial, and legal documentation, in addition to medical documents and contact information
  2. Maintain savings for use in cases of an emergency
  3. Participate in an emergency drill with your neighbors
  4. Know where to access community resources near you, such as shelters or food banks
  5. Safeguard your valuables
  6. Switch to electronic payments to receive necessary payments and benefits online
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