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:
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:
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.