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Practice and Build Out Your Plans

GLEN BURNIE, MD (September 20, 2017) – As a part of September’s National Preparedness Month, September 17th through September 23rd  is week three, which focuses on “Practice and Build Out Your Plans”.

The Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management encourages everyone to have emergency plans in place and take the time to practice them with your family.

Once your family has mapped out your emergency evacuation plans practice with set goals, such as:

  • Have all household members out of the house and on the lawn in (specific) minutes
  • Have each person pick one important or special item (if safe to do so) and get out of the house in (specific) minutes
  • Practice carrying emergency kits as household members go to the designated meeting place
  • Practice using secondary exits of the house, because primary exits might be inaccessible.
  • Practice calling/texting out of state contacts to let family members know they are safe.

After a disaster residents at all income levels can experience challenges in rebuilding their lives. By building out your plan to include alternative access to insurance, medical, financial, and other critical documents can aid your recovery process.

Take the time now to gather and secure essential documents will ensure that you have the information needed to start the recovery process faster. The following list contains suggestions for vital documents that may be needed after a disaster:

  • Photo IDs of household members
  • Birth certificates
  • Social Security Cards
  • Passports
  • Pet ID tags and pet photos with your contact information
  • Insurance policies
  • Deeds
  • Wills (if not stored elsewhere)
  • Tax statements
  • Physician’s information
  • Immunization records
  • List of medications

To learn more about practicing and building out your plans be sure to attend the Office of Emergency Management’s Emergency Preparedness Expo on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie.

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