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County Executive Leopold Encourages Citizens to Check on Neighbors who are Vulnerable to Heat

Citizen teams will knock on doors at senior living facilities

Annapolis, MD (July 3, 2012) — County Executive John R. Leopold today urged citizens to "check on" their neighbors during the holiday weekend as power outages continue coupled with hot weather.

"With the excitement of the holiday, we want to remember to watch out for senior citizens and disabled people who might be alone without air conditioning or water," County Executive Leopold said. "I want to thank our citizen teams for helping in this effort."

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will visit senior housing complexes in Annapolis today to check on the residents there who are out of power. The purpose is to make sure they have the essentials and to reach potentially socially isolated individuals.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. CERT is a proud partner of Citizen Corps and the effort to have everyone in America prepare, train, and volunteer.

For more information, call 410-222-0600 or visit the Office of Emergency Management's Facebook page. You can also find a full list of Independence Day closings and information on cooling centers at


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