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8.29.12 County Executive Ulman Declares September Preparedness Month in Howard County

August 29, 2012

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Kevin Enright, Director, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

County Executive Ulman Declares September Preparedness Month in Howard County


ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Ken Ulman is joining the rest of the nation in proclaiming September “National Preparedness Month” in the County. The initiative highlights the importance of disaster preparedness and reminds individuals, families and businesses that emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility – everyone needs to do their part.

“This year we faced the effects of a derecho; last year it was Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee; and a few years ago it was a record-breaking snow storm. Whether you lost power to your home or business, experienced flooding or damage to your property, or were just inconvenienced, these disasters show us how important it is to take some simple steps now and prepare for emergencies before they strike,” said County Executive Ulman.

There are a number of ways you can prepare your family or business for a disaster:

• Create an emergency plan
• Assemble an emergency supply kit with enough supplies to last three days
• If you have a kit already, check expiration dates and update supplies
• If you have a pet, include how to make provisions for them as part of your plan
• If you haven’t done it already, sign up for NotifyMeHoward and receive timely emergency notifications sent directly to your cell phone or email address

Sign up for NotifyMeHoward at www.notifymehoward.org or by texting HOWARD to 411911. For help creating your own emergency plan or assembling your own emergency supply kit, visit www.ready.gov.

Throughout the month of September, be sure to check out the County’s Facebook page for tips on what you can do to be better prepared.

In addition, the following activities will be taking place:

Thursday, September 13 from 6:30-7:30 PM

Disaster Volunteer Orientation & Information Session: Learn what you can do today to be ready to volunteer when disaster strikes. For questions or registration contact Pam at pam@volunteerhoward.org or call 410-715-3179
Location: Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia

Monday, September 17, 11 a.m.  

Emergency Preparedness Workshop, sponsored by the Department of Citizen Services/Office on Aging. Learn what you need to know to be ready for an emergency.
Location: Longwood Senior Center, 6150 Foreland Garth, Columbia

Tuesday, September 18 from 6:30-8:30 PM  

Mobilizing Disaster Volunteers: Become familiar with the process used to refer “unaffiliated” volunteers (those not a part of an established response organization) to requesting organizations following a disaster. For questions or registration contact Pam at pam@volunteerhoward.org or call 410-715-3179
Location: Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia

Tuesday, September 25 from 2-4 PM  

Organizational Access/Additional Volunteers After a Disaster: Learn what organizations need to have in place in order to request and effectively utilize volunteers following a disaster. For questions or registration contact Pam at pam@volunteerhoward.org or call 410-715-3179
Location: Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, 10221 Wincopin Circle, Columbia.

Throughout September, the Department of Fire & Rescue Services will also offer two free programs to prepare you to help save the life of someone who goes into sudden cardiac arrest. The Department will teach Hands-Only CPR (45-minute class), appropriate for use on victims over the age of eight, at Howard County Library’s Elkridge branch. They will also offer the more in-depth Family & Friends CPR® course that includes Hands-Only CPR for victims over the age of 8, infant and child CPR with breaths, automated external defibrillator (AED) use, and choking relief. For a complete schedule of classes and locations, go to www.howardcountymd.gov/cpr.htm. These classes do not provide a CPR certification card.

Preparedness events continue in October and include free Citizen Emergency Readiness Training (CERT), sponsored by Howard County’s Community Emergency Response Network (CERN) in partnership with the Department of Fire & Rescue Services. Classes include information on personal preparedness and disaster recovery. There is also a class on adult compression CPR and the proper use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The sessions will all be held at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center. For information visit www.howardcountymd.gov/CERT. To register, go to CERT@howardcountymd.gov.