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Emergency Preparedness and Response


News, information, and updates for the Montgomery County Volunteer Center’s Emergency Action Team and Medical Reserve Corps

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Preparing for Winter Storms

Last night's ice storm left Montgomery County's roads, sidewalks, and parking lots covered in ice. We're you prepared? Montgomery County's Office of Emergency Management has suggestions on what everyone should do before, during, and after a winter storm. Tips include:

  • Before the storm, check your portable radio, smoke detector, and flashlights to ensure batteries are working. Ensure your car is winterized and has a blanket and snow shovel.
  • During the storm, only travel when absolutely necessary
  • After the storm, watch for downed power lines. Do not touch downed lines. Contact your local utility company.

To read the full list, visit the Office of Emergency Management's winter storm page.

 

CATEGORIES: Preparedness
POSTED: 12:35:00 PM |

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

EAT Orientation - February 18, 2009

The Emergency Action Team will hold an orientation for new members on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm at the Volunteer Center (401 Hungerford Drive). We will offer an overview of roles and responsibilities, as well as review ACTIV and take pictures for badges.

EAT members who are not new but would like a refresher are welcome to attend. We will hold these orientations approximately quarterly. RSVP by logging onto ACTIV. Under the 'Training' header, click 'Training Curriculum'. Select the EAT Orientation class, then click on 'Enroll' at the bottom of the page.

If you just want your picture taken for your badge, you can stop by the Volunteer Center anytime between 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Monday - Friday.

The next training will be held in March. More on that in the coming weeks. 

CATEGORIES: Training
POSTED: 10:32:00 AM |

Monday, January 05, 2009

Welcome to our Blog

Welcome to the Montgomery County Volunteer Center's Emergency Volunteer Blog. This blog will offer Emergency Action Team and Medical Reserve Corps members an opportunity to receive information and news about the teams and preparedness in general.

We hope this blog will help reduce the amount of e-mail you receive to just the most important information. We will still send training announcements and mobilization messages through ACTIV. 

We also invite you to take part in the conversation by offering feedback, comments, and questions about postings or other issues. Please send comments by clicking on the picture of the envelop at the bottom-right corner of this post. Or, you can always e-mail Michael.Goldfarb@MontgomeryCountyMD.gov. We will post feedback and questions regularly.

CATEGORIES: General
POSTED: 9:00:00 AM |
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