Released on July 22, 2009 - 3:07pm
Sep 10

Mayor Craig A. Moe and Emergency Management Director, Marty Flemion, of the City of Laurel are encouraging the entire Laurel Community to be prepared for the unexpected by taking action now.
September is Emergency Preparedness Month! The goal is ensure that every Marylander is prepared for disaster situations, before they happen.

Follow these day-to-day tips to become prepared for unexpected emergency situations:

1. Find a backpack or duffel bag that will be your disaster supplies kit.
2. Buy flashlights & batteries for every member of your family and put it in the bag.
3. Choose a family member or friend out of town to be your Emergency Contact.
4. Make a wallet card for everyone in your family with the contact number.
5. Add other family members' and doctors' numbers to the contact cards.
6. Choose a place out of the area that you and your family can go if you need to evacuate. Remember pets!
7. Learn the difference between a watch and a warning.
8. Purchase three gallons of water for everyone in your family (including pets).
9. Put a map in your car in case you must use unfamiliar roads to evacuate.
10. Talk with your neighbors about emergencies. Arrange for someone to check on older or disabled residents.
11. Find out if you live in a disaster prone area and what types of disasters can occur in your area and prepare for those.
12. Decide who in the family will be responsible for helping children or older adults if you need to evacuate.
13. Put a first aid kit into your disaster supplies bag.
14. Pack medication (and a copy of the prescription) for individual family members in your disaster supply kit.
15. Put canned food into your disaster supplies kit.

Mayor Moe and Emergency Management Flemion agree, to minimize the impact a disaster will have on our lives is to be prepared before an emergency happens. For more information on preparedness information and resources go to U.S. Department of Homeland Security web site www.ready.gov. Online copies of the FEMA

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