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Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard Counties Unite to Prepare for Disaster

Annapolis, MD (May 9, 2006) - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens, along with Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith and Howard County Executive Jim Robey joined together to prepare residents for any disaster.

A regional emergency preparedness campaign, called "Ready? Set? Good" was launched today, and was developed by the Public Information Sub-Committee of the Baltimore Urban Area Work Group. The campaign encourages residents of the Baltimore region to prepare home disaster supply kits.

"The kits should always include water, a flashlight, and portable radio with extra batteries," said County Executive Owens. "It is critical that residents prepare to shelter in place if the need should arise, and have at least the bare necessities in their homes."

The region’s emergency planners identified a home disaster kit as the most important element to be promoted, since most disaster scenarios would involve sheltering in place rather than evacuation

During today’s launch, Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith emphasized the importance of a regional approach to homeland security and emergency preparedness, while Howard County Executive Jim Robey reminded residents that being prepared for the first 72 hours of a disaster is key.

The regional, public outreach campaign features a combination of paid and public service TV, radio and print ads with a concentration this spring. A Spanish language version of the radio TV ad will be available as well.

For more information on the regional campaign, log on to www.readysetgood.org


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