Last summer was considered a catastrophic hurricane season, with Harvey, Irma and Maria battering Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Would you be prepared if a hurricane or other disaster struck our community?
In an effort to ensure the community is safe in the event of an emergency, Johns Hopkins University, the National Cancer Institute, and other local, state and federal agencies are working together to bring the fourth annual Emergency Preparedness Fair to the JHU Montgomery County Campus.
The Emergency Preparedness Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in the JHU parking lot at the corner of Key West Avenue and Broschart Road. (The rain date is Sept. 12). The event coincides with the Shady Grove Farmers Market, also held on campus.
The fair is being held during National Preparedness Month, which is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready campaign. It is a nationwide effort to encourage families, businesses and communities to work together to prepare for emergencies at home, work, businesses, schools and places of worship.
This year’s theme is “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” Attendees will be reminded that everyone should prepare themselves and their families now -- and throughout the year -- for emergencies.
Each week of National Preparedness Month has a different focus: Make and Practice Your Plan; Learn Life Saving Skills; Check Your Insurance Coverage; and Save for an Emergency.
Expected participants at the fair include:
- American Red Cross
- Disaster Aid USA
- Gaithersburg Police
- Johns Hopkins University
- Maryland Emergency Management Agency
- Maryland Insurance Administration
- Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps
- Montgomery County Commuter Services
- Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
- Montgomery County Auxiliary Communications Services
- National Cancer Institute Emergency Management and Physical Security Branch
- National Institutes of Health Civil Program
- National Institutes of Health Division of Police
- National Institutes of Health Radio Amateur Club
- National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center
- Suburban Hospital
- Washington Gas
At the fair, the National Cancer Institute will discuss its volunteer emergency response team.
The NCI also will bring disaster bags, kits, handouts and displays to teach attendees how to prepare emergency bags for schools, homes, cars and public transportation. JHU and other organizations will hand out supplies that could be helpful in preparing an emergency kit.
Washington Gas will provide information about the benefits of natural gas; resources on how to get the most out of your energy services; and safety and emergency tips.
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, will highlight the Stop the Bleed campaign, a nationwide initiative to teach people how to use tourniquets and provide other live-saving measures before first responders arrive at an emergency scene.
The emergency preparedness fair is free and open to the public.
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