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County Executive John R. Leopold Emphasizes Emergency Preparedness on September 11 Anniversary

Annapolis (September 10, 2007) - County Executive John R. Leopold announced today, on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, that Anne Arundel County has made several public safety and public health enhancements and encourages residents to also practice emergency preparedness at home.

"Anne Arundel County is very much aware of the potential natural and manmade threats that face our communities," said County Executive Leopold. "It is our duty to constantly prepare, plan, and exercise our capabilities. Through cooperative efforts and strong working relationships with all levels of government, we will continue to enhance our ability to mitigate or respond to any type of emergency situation."

In a move that is not common in the emergency management area, County Executive Leopold combined police and fire together for increased capabilities and preparation for all-hazard emergencies, so that first responders are trained and capable of handling incidents, whether they are natural or manmade.

Both the county Office of Emergency Management and the county Department of Health have developed plans to respond to a variety of emergencies, from weather-related emergencies, to terrorism, to large-scale disease outbreaks.

Some county enhancements include:

  • Installation of a new "Reverse 911" system that can be utilized to quickly notify a small community or the entire county of potential safety-related concerns.
  • Assignment of County Police officers to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center.
  • Opening of a new, state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center, where all county operations can be centrally located, if needed, during an incident.
  • Established a stockpile of pharmaceuticals in order to protect first responders at the onset of a major health emergency.
  • Increased training for all personnel involved in public safety to educate our responders on the National Incident Management System and the Incident Command System.Community-based trainings and presentations by the health department to empower community groups, businesses, public and private schools, government agencies and the general public to be ready for a pandemic flu or other emergency, through its Emergency Preparedness and Response Program.

County Executive Leopold also urges county residents to get ready for emergencies at home by creating an emergency plan and preparing a disaster supply kit by gathering the following items:

  • A battery operated radio and extra batteries
  • A flashlight and extra batteries
  • A first-aid kit
  • A three-day supply of non-perishable foods that do not require refrigeration, cooking, a lot of water, or lengthy preparation with a non-electric can-opener and utility knife.
  • A three-day supply of water (one-gallon per person per-day).
  • A map of the area
  • A signal flare
  • One complete change of clothing and footwear per person.
  • Specialty items such as infant formula, prescription medications, and important family documents.

For a full list of disaster supply kit items or to view the Anne Arundel County Emergency Preparedness Guide please visit the county’s Office of Emergency Management Website or call (410) 222-0600 for more information. Any suspicious activity should be reported to 1-800-492-TIPS.


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