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Emergency Planning for Communities and Businesses

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is an all-hazards program sponsored by the Office of Emergency Managment and designed to teach citizens how to help themselves, their families and their neighbors during the first 72 hours following a disaster.

The program rotates to various communities throughout the county. NEPP participants finish the program qualified to help themselves and their neighbors though the emergencies most likely to occur in our area. They have the opportunity to become certified in CPR and first aid.

Planning For Businesses

Businesses need their own disaster plans and a knowledge of the resources available in case an emergency strikes. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency offers a useful emergency resource site for businesses.

Planning For Long-Term Care Facilities

Nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care facilities are exceptionally vulnerable during an emergency. Baltimore County urges these institutions to construct emergency plans and to refine and practice them regularly. Maryland House Bill 770 requires such facilities to develop emergency plans that include, among other things, specific procedures for sheltering in place or evacuating.

The Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is a resource for local long-term care facilities who need guidance with emergency planning.

Emergency planners recommends the five-unit "Emergency Management Principles and Practices for Health Care Systems" as a key planning tool. These documents are in PDF format and will open in a new window. Please note that these are lengthy files and may take a few minutes to open.

Long-term care providers also should consider these resources:

Free Emergency Preparedness Presentations

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program offers free presentations for community groups that are interested in learning more about the steps individuals can take to become prepared for natural or domestic emergencies. Each Emergency Preparedness Presentation includes:

  • A basic overview of natural and man-made disasters that includes hazardous weather and potential threats from hazardous materials, transportation accidents, fire and explosion, and dam failure.
  • An overview of our emergency management agencies and their role in providing support during disaster situations.
  • Detailed information regarding sheltering in place, evacuating, preparing a family communication plan, items to include in a disaster supply kit, designating a family meeting place, and the importance of having a school communication plan.
  • An overview of the Homeland Security Advisory System.

For more information, contact Baltimore County Volunteers, 410-887-2715.

Visit www.readysetgood.org, a preparedness site for Baltimore-area residents.

  

Revised October 31, 2011

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