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JHU Teaches Community How to be Ready for Emergencies

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Hurricane Florence tore through the Carolinas.

Ellicott City continues to recuperate from the devastating floods, and Massachusettes is grappling with the aftereffects of gas explosions that have thousands unable to return to their homes.

And before we know it, we’ll be bracing for blizzards.

To educate the community about how to prepare for these types of disasters and others, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus organized its fourth annual Emergency Preparedness Fair with the National Cancer Institute. The event was held in September, which is National Preparedness Month. The initiative is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Ready campaign. (Watch a Montgomery County video about the event.)

The theme this year was "Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How." Attendees were reminded that everyone should prepare themselves and their families now -- and throughout the year -- for emergencies, whether natural or manmade. Attendees learned how to create an emergency plan and how to assemble an emergency supply kit.

Johns Hopkins handed out emergency Mylar survival blankets. JHU staff encouraged event attendees to keep the blankets in the glove compartments of their cars; they could come in handy if stranded on a cold winter night.

Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps distributed small flashlights. The National Cancer Institute discussed its volunteer emergency response team and taught attendees how to prepare emergency go bags for schools, homes and cars. Washington Gas provided information about the benefits of natural gas, resources on how to get the most out of energy services, and safety and emergency tips.

Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service distributed information about replacing smoke alarms and the importance of carbon monoxide detectors.

Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, highlighted the Stop the Bleed campaign, a nationwide effort to teach people how to use and provide other live-saving measures before first responders arrive at an emergency scene. In one of the fair’s most popular exhibits, several nurses from Suburban Hospital showed attendees how to use T-shirts to stanch the flow of blood from an open wound.

Other participants at the fair included: American Red Cross; Disaster Aid USA; Gaithersburg Police Department; Maryland Emergency Management Agency; Maryland Insurance Administration; several Montgomery County offices; and several divisions of the National Institutes of Health.

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