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JHU, Government Agencies, Red Cross Hold Emergency Preparedness Fair

Don't Wait, Communicate.

Would you know what to do in a disaster?

A hurricane? A tornado? Or a terrorist attack?

If you’re not so sure – or even if you think you are – come to the emergency preparedness fair scheduled for 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the parking lot near 9605 Medical Center drive on the JHU Montgomery County Campus. The parking lot is at the corner of Key West Avenue and Broschart Road.

Johns Hopkins University is working with the National Cancer Institute on organizing the emergency preparedness fair to mark National Preparedness Month. The fair will be free and open to the community.

National Preparedness Month 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.

This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” FEMA asks the public to make plans for their communities, families and pets.

At this fair, information will be provided on how to make an emergency plan and how to put together an emergency supply kit. Attendees also will receive information about how they can stay informed during emergency situations.

National Preparedness Month aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Each week of September is dedicated to a different hazard-focused theme: floods, wildfires, hurricanes and power outages.

Confirmed participants at the fair include:

* American Red Cross
* Federal Emergency Management Agency
* Johns Hopkins University
* MD Responds
* Montgomery Amateur Radio Club
* Montgomery County Auxiliary Communications Service
* Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team
* Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
* National Cancer Institute Emergency Response Team
* National Cancer Institute Emergency Management and Physical Security Branch
* National Institutes of Health Division of Emergency Management
* National Library of Medicine’s Disaster Information Management and Research Center
* City of Rockville Police Department
* U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Many participating organizations will have interactive displays. For example, the American Red Cross plans to offer tours of an emergency response vehicle. The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club will show how ham radio communications can be used in emergencies. Some groups will hand out products to help people in emergencies. JHU, for example, will distribute survival rescue blankets and key chain flashlights with compasses.

The event is scheduled to coincide with the Shady Grove Farmers Market, also held on campus that day, so the community can learn about preparedness while enjoying the farmers market.

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