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Emergency Preparedness Fair Coming Up to Mark National Preparedness Month

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In an effort to ensure the community is safe in the event of an emergency, the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus, National Cancer Institute and other local and federal agencies are working together to bring the second annual Emergency Preparedness Fair to the Rockville campus.

The Emergency Preparedness Fair is scheduled for 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the JHU parking lot at the corner of Key West Avenue and Broschart Road. (Rain date is Sept. 28). It coincides with the Shady Grove Farmers Market, also held on campus.

The fair is being held during National Preparedness Month, which is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready campaign. It is a nationwide effort to encourage families, businesses and communities to work together to prepare for emergencies.

For the second year, the theme will be, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” The emphasis will be on preparing children, older adults and the disabled with information about emergency preparedness. Each week of September has a different focus: preparing family and friends; preparing through service; and individual preparedness.

Participants at the fair include:

-          Disaster Aid USA

-          Johns Hopkins University

-          Montgomery County Auxiliary Communications Service

-          Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team

-          Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

-          Montgomery County Police Department

-          National Cancer Institute Emergency Management and Physical Security Branch

-          National Cancer Institute Emergency Response Team

-          National Institutes of Health Division of Emergency Management

-          National Institutes of Health Radio Amateur Club

-          National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center

-          National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ National Weather Service

-          Rockville Police Department

-          Suburban Hospital

-          Verizon

At the fair, the National Cancer Institute will talk about its volunteer emergency response team and try to recruit more people. NCI will also bring disaster bags, kits, handouts and displays to educate people about how to prepare emergency bags for schools, homes, cars and public transportation.

The Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team will provide information about its training sessions.

The National Institutes of Health Radio Amateur Club will demonstrate how ham radio communications can be used in emergencies.

JHU and other organizations will hand out supplies that could be helpful in preparing an emergency kit.