Baltimore City Announces Participation in National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month, and the City of Baltimore has committed to participate to increase preparedness in the City and throughout the United States. This event, now in its ninth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by the Ready campaign and Citizen Corps, which encourages households, businesses and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.
The Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management is participating in National Preparedness Month by partnering with community groups, neighborhood associations, and area hospitals to teach community members how to prepare. For more information, please visit our website at emergency.baltimorecity.gov.
One of National Preparedness Month’s key messages is: be prepared in the event an emergency causes you to be self-reliant for 72 hours without major utilities including electricity and water, access to groceries or possibly without police, fire or ambulance.
Preparing can start with four important steps:
- Be informed about emergencies and identify sources of information in your community that will be helpful before, during and after an emergency.
- Make a plan for what to do in an emergency.
- Build an emergency supply kit
- Get involved
Preparedness is a shared responsibility; it takes a whole community. This year, the focus is on turning awareness into action by encouraging all individuals and all communities nationwide to make an emergency preparedness plan.
Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility! Click I WANT TO PREPARE! to learn more.