Community and personal preparedness is important all year long! Having the tools and plans in place could help you survive a public health emergency. Disasters don't plan ahead - you can!
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Your emergency supply kit can have a variety of items in it for varying stages of preparedness. Here's the basics:
A family communications plan includes:
Keep copies (not originals) of these important documents in a waterproof, portable container. You can also keep a password-protected CD or USB drive in your emergency supply kit.
Learn about potential emergencies that can happen where you live (for example: hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, and how to respond).
Contact your county local health department to learn about the emergency plans already established in your area.
Prepare for man-made and natural disasters. Know what to do during an emergency - it makes all the difference when seconds count.
In Maryland, our Governor can declare a state of emergency. This allows Maryland state agencies to coordinate and request emergency resources and support. Resources, like the National Guard, can increase the State's response to an emergency.
During a state of emergency, residents should watch local news reports and weather forecasts and follow official's orders.
A state of emergency does not close schools automatically. Local school districts will decide whether to stay open or close.
A state of emergency does not require businesses to close. Employers are asked to consider employee safety when deciding whether to stay open or close.
Motorists are not forbidden to drive on the roads during a state of emergency unless the Governor has issued a travel ban. If no ban has been issued, use common sense when driving. Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination. Let your family know your route and expected arrival time.
Local officials will tell you whether to evacuate or shelter-in-place during an emergency. Listen to your radio or TV and follow the directions of emergency officials.
Pregnancy can bring its own emergency preparedness needs.