September is National Preparedness Month!

September is “National Preparedness Month” and Montgomery County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) is joining with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Maryland Department of Emergency Management (MDEM) in encouraging residents to be prepared for all emergencies.
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This year’s national preparedness campaign theme is “A Lasting Legacy: The life you have built is worth protecting. Prepare for disasters to create a lasting legacy for you and your family.”

Preparing before an emergency is one of the best means of protection from the financial and emotional effects of an emergency. During National Preparedness Month, residents should build an emergency kit, make a plan, educate and involve young family members in preparedness and know how to take practical safety steps like shutting off water and gas in your home.

National Preparedness Month also is a good time to check insurance policies for what types of coverage are included. Residents should know the levels of coverage they have for possible incidents such as floods, earthquakes, extreme heat and tornadoes. Flooding is the most common hazard in Maryland. The best financial protection is to be properly insured for property owners and renters. Typically, flood damage is not covered by property insurance.

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Be sure to tune in to our Facebook and Twitter pages to see our #MoCoPrepares Preparedness Tips daily. Residents are encouraged to share their own preparedness events and tips by using #MoCoPrepares on Facebook and Twitter. 

Emergency Preparedness Events

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Please choose one of the following events below to register:

OEMHS recommends four steps for emergency preparedness: 

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  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

a group taking a selfie with the text 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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