Anne Arundel County Maryland, OEM Host Hurricane Workshop

Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Office of Emergency Management, Hurricane Workshop,
Anne Arundel County, Maryland, Office of Emergency Management, Hurricane Workshop

GLEN BURNIE, MD – The Office of Emergency Management hosted a Hurricane Workshop on August 30, 2016 to strengthen the County’s capabilities to prepare for, respond to, and recovery from hurricanes with the focus on resources. Participants included Anne Arundel County Central Services, Department of Public Works, Fire, Police, Department of Health, Department of Inspections and Permits, Office of Planning and Zoning, Department of Social Services, Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, Annapolis County and City of Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and Anne Arundel County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES).
“With Hurricane Season now in full force, we in county government needed to ensure we are prepared,” said County Executive Steve Schuh. “Our more than 530 miles of shoreline leave us vulnerable to these types of weather events, but I am confident our team will be ready for any challenge we may face.”
The workshop commenced with presentations to set the stage for resource management. Christopher Strong from the National Weather Services discussed what elements are produced by hurricanes and tropical storms as the County continues efforts to prepare for Hurricane Season. To expand on resource management, Jennifer Gray, Maryland Emergency Management Agency, explained the resource request process to obtain resources from State, Federal, and other jurisdictions if the County has exhausted of. its local resources. Christine Romans, Director of Central Services, highlighted the purchasing guidelines for County Departments and how the process is streamlined for emergencies.
Staff from Office of Emergency Management; Director J. Kevin Aftung, Teresa Chapman, and Melissa Serich conducted the second half of the workshop to discuss County critical facilities, prioritization of power restoration, generator capabilities, potable water, fueling, emergency communications, damage assessment, debris removal, and disaster recovery centers.
This is reprinted from a PRESS RELEASE from Anne Arundel County, Office of Emergency Management. Written by: Chrissy Calp, (410) 222-0605, (443) 679-8475 (cell).

Search & Rescue (SAR) in Community Disasters

Are You Trained and Prepared to Search and Rescue in Community Disasters?
Are You Trained and Prepared to Search and Rescue in Community Disasters?

Anne Arundel – Annapolis CERT is pleased to host “Search and Rescue in Community Disasters” presented by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

The Search and Rescue in Community Disasters course provides training for community members to safely conduct search and light rescue response to aid their family and neighbors in the immediate aftermath
of a natural catastrophe, technological accident, or human-caused incident. The course is intended for members of the whole community and draws on information and lessons learned from a variety of disaster incidents such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and man-made events for discussion points. The course also uses hands-on training to demonstrate best practices for effective search and light rescue, which can be used in both residential and commercial environments.

Topics
– Developing a mindset to prepare, act and survive in a disaster involving your community
– Using survival strategies to rescue and care for yourself, your family, and your pets during and in the immediate aftermath of an event
– Providing assistance in the search, light rescue, care, and safety of your neighbors

Participants
The target audience encompasses the whole community, including, but not restricted to:
Religious Organizations
Volunteer Fire Departments
Community Emergency Response Teams
Youth Organizations
American Red Cross and other Non- Governmental Organizations
Other Interested Members of the Community

Prerequisites
FEMA / SID Number
Students must register and bring a copy of their SID number to class.
Register online: cdp.dhs.gov/femasid

Course Length 1 1/2 Days (12 hours)
2015 October 14 – 18:00 – 22:00
2015 October 15 – 08:00 – 17:00
Anne Arundel County Fire Academy
415 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, MD 21108

Lunch on Saturday is on your own and it is recommended that you brown bag it! Water will be provided.

Register through the Eventbrite box on the right of this post.

Questions, contact us through the contact form.

Tuning in for Tornadoes

Tuning in for Tornadoes

Tornadoes are one of nature’s most violent storms and can cause death, injury, and destruction within seconds. Having advanced notice that a tornado isapproaching your area can give you the critical time needed to move to a safeplace for protection. Before severe weather strikes, pay attention to weather reports and be sure to sign up for text alerts and download smart phone apps that provide weather warnings.

Whileyou may not always receive an official tornado alert in your area, there arewarning signs that can indicate a tornado is near. Page four of the How to Prepare for a Tornado guide from America’s PrepareAthon! highlights these signs, including:

  • A change in the color of the sky;
  • An approaching cloud of debris;
  • A strange quiet occurring within or shortly after a thunderstorm; or
  • A loud roar that sounds similar to a freight train.

Ifyou experience these signs, take action immediately and go to the safest placefor protection such as a FEMA saferoom or InternationalCode Council 500 storm shelter. If you do not have access to one of these structures, move to a small, interior, windowless room such as a closet or bathroom, on the lowest level of your building and cover your head and neck with your arms.