From Harford County government:
September is Emergency Preparedness Month and the Harford County Emergency Operations Center’s Citizen Corps Council recommends all citizens, including those with disabilities, develop an emergency plan. “No one knows what may occur,” said Citizen Corps Council Chairperson Brian Bauer, “but preparing a plan to cover the basics can make all the difference in the world in an emergency.”
Emergency preparedness is the responsibility of every citizen. Preparing for an emergency involves asking questions about what kind of emergencies could arise, who would be available to help, how to obtain information about the emergency, how to stay in touch with family and friends, how to shelter at home, and what would happen if an evacuation is ordered.
“These questions seem daunting,” admits Bauer, “but with planning tools available from the Emergency Operations Center, the Health Department, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities, anyone can make a plan.”
These planning tools, along with “Surviving the Storm: the Official Hurricane Guide for Harford County” will be available at no charge at all branches of the Harford County Public Library and Harford County Senior Activity Centers during Emergency Preparedness Month in September.
In addition to these documents, visitors can sign up for a chance to win a fully stocked Emergency Survival Kit to be given away at each branch and senior activity center at the end of September. The Survival Kit includes items such as emergency food and water, water purification tablets, first aid kits, hygiene kits, and batteries, packed in a back-pack. The Survival Kits are provided by the Harford County Health Department.
“We can’t provide survival kits for every county resident,” said Lisa Swank, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, of the Harford County Health Department, “but we do offer information on our website about how to create your own 72-Hour Family Disaster Supply Kit. For additional information visit www.harfordcountyhealth.com.
The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations works to educate and inform the public on how to be properly prepared for all types of emergencies and potential disasters that could occur in Harford County. For more information on developing emergency plans and creating disaster supply kits, visit www.harfordpublicsafety.org.
The Harford County Department of Community Services was established in 1979 via Executive Order and works daily to meet the needs of our seniors, youth, persons with disabilities and those struggling to overcome addiction. The Department works with federal, state, local and private agencies to ensure our county continues to evolve and remains dedicated to providing the best possible services for our citizens and community.
The Harford County Public Library operates eleven branches located throughout the county. The library serves over 200,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has an annual circulation of almost 5 million. The core purpose of the library is connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.
The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations is comprised of the 9-1-1 Communications and Dispatch Center, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT). The Division of Emergency Operations staffs the Harford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), a command and control center where local and state representatives continue to run the government and direct resources during an emergency or disaster.
The Harford County Health Department is the local operating arm of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) in Harford County and is responsible for the delivery of a wide range of preventative health care, clinical services, and environmental health services to citizens living in Harford County. The mission of the Harford County Health Department is to protect and promote the health, safety and environment of the citizens of Harford County through community assessment, education, collaboration and assurance of services.