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Plan to Help Your Neighbors and Community

Glen Burnie, MD (September 12, 2017) – As a part of September’s National Preparedness Month, September 10th through September 16th is week two, which focuses on, “Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community”. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 46% of individuals expect to rely a great deal on people in their neighborhood for assistance within the first 72 hours after a disaster.

You can make your community more resilient by taking the following steps prior to a disaster.

  • Get to know your neighbors; think about people in your neighborhood who may need your help, such as:
    • Older people living by themselves
    • Individuals with physical or sensory disabilities
    • Individuals with a chronic physical or mental illness
    • Single parents with young children
    • Large families
    • People new to the community
  • Talk to your neighbors to identify those who may need additional assistance, but remember, many people value their privacy
  • Pre-identify neighbors with special abilities that may be useful in times of need. These abilities may range from medical skills to technical or trade skills.
  • Pre-plan how the neighborhood can work together during a disaster
  • Help neighbors develop emergency plans and emergency kits
  • Assist neighbors with moving furniture, outside items, and valuables to safe locations in preparation for flooding or high winds

The following steps can help your neighbors and community during and after a disaster

  • Provide neighbors with up to date information on current situation
  • Offer transportation to those in need if evacuated from the area
  • Help your neighbors clean up after a disaster
To learn more about preparing your neighbors and community 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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