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Hundreds Attend Emergency Preparedness Fair


Do you know how to stop someone from bleeding? What about how to shut off the water and gas in your house? And would you know what to pack in an emergency supply kit?

These lessons and more were taught to the hundreds of people who attended the second annual Emergency Preparedness Fair, held in September at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus. JHU coordinated the event with the National Cancer Institute.

The fair was held to commemorate 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 was, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” Several exhibits were set up showing fair attendees what goes into an emergency kit: duct tape, batteries, non-perishable food, hand sanitizer, first aid supplies, bottles of water and much more.

Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, had one of the most popular exhibits. Emergency medicine nurse Virginia Schad, using a medical manikin that was bloody and banged up, explained how to tie a tourniquet and how to apply direct pressure to an open wound. Everyone should learn basic bleeding control techniques, Schad said. People can bleed to death in three minutes, she said, and that can be before emergency personnel arrive at the scene of an incident.

Also at the fair, Johns Hopkins University distributed emergency blankets that are small enough to keep in a car’s glove compartment. The blankets help people maintain body heat.

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue discussed the importance of replacing smoke alarms.  The National Institutes of Health Radio Amateur Club demonstrated how ham radio communications can be used in emergencies.

Others participating at the fair included: Disaster Aid USA; Montgomery County Auxiliary Communications Service; Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team; Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security; National Cancer Institute Emergency Management and Physical Security Branch; National Cancer Institute Emergency Response Team; National Institutes of Health Division of Emergency Management; National Library of Medicine Disaster Information Management Research Center; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/ National Weather Service; Rockville Police Department; and Verizon.



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