Glen Burnie looks into emergency preparedness

September 7, 2017 by  

The Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management will be bringing its annual Emergency Preparedness Expo to the area this month. This is in accordance with National Preparedness Month.

Families can learn how to get ready for disasters, such as how to receive emergency warnings and alerts, establish a family emergency location such as a local parking lot or coffee shop, and how each member of the family can get to the emergency location. They will also learn how to set up a household emergency communications plan, including ways to get in touch with family members if public communication avenues are unavailable and how to make 72-hour kits for each family member.

Over 20 public service and safety organizations will be presenting interactive displays, passing out information flyers and other freebies, and presenting live demonstrations. Some of these will be given by police K-9 groups and local rescue units. The local fire department will be showing how it pries victims out of vehicles after accidents.

Children can touch and explore emergency equipment and participate in activities. They can crawl into a helicopter, a fire truck, and an armored SWAT vehicle and meet search dogs.

The Emergency Preparedness Expo will be Sunday, September 23 at Marley Station Mall from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The event will be free to attend.