Septem­ber is Na­tional Pre­pared­ness Month

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

You and your fam­ily’s lives can change with one emer­gency sit­u­a­tion. In Septem­ber, take time to pre­pare your home, busi­ness and school for emer­gen­cies. One way to pre­pare is to reg­is­ter for the county’s Cit­i­zen No­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem (CNS) so you will be in­formed in the event of an emer­gency. Charles County Gov­ern­ment and af­fil­i­ated agen­cies, such as the Charles County Public Schools and the Charles County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, use CNS to send im­por­tant no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

When you reg­is­ter for CNS, you will be able to subscribe to no­ti­fi­ca­tion cat­e­gories of in­ter­est to you, such as:

• School clos­ings/de­lays

• In­clement weather up­dates

• Public health ad­vi­sories

• Crime alerts

• Emer­gency alerts

• Re­cy­cling

• Road clo­sures

• Util­ity ser­vice de­lays Dur­ing the reg­is­tra­tion process, you will choose what kind of no­ti­fi­ca­tions you wish to re­ceive, and the way you would like to re­ceive them. CNS no­ti­fi­ca­tions can be sent via text, phone call or email. CNS no­ti­fi­ca­tions can be ac­cessed on any com­puter or mo­bile de­vice with in­ter­net ac­cess, and through the free An­droid or iOS Ever­bridge mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions, avail­able for down­load from the Ap­ple Store or Google Play.

To reg­is­ter for CNS or for ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion, go to www.Charle­sCoun­tyMD.gov/CNS. Be­fore a dis­as­ter or emer­gency, help en­sure you and your fam­ily’s safety by tak­ing the fol­low­ing pre­cau­tions:

1) Cre­ate a fam­ily emer­gency plan.

2) Pre­pare emer­gency sup­ply kit for your home and car.

3) Tune into your lo­cal ra­dio and tele­vi­sion weather sta­tions for se­vere weather and emer­gency up­dates.

4) Visit www.Ready. gov and learn what to do be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter an emer­gency.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice des­ig­nated Charles County as “Stor­mReady” for be­ing pre­pared to save lives from the on­slaught of se­vere weather through ad­vanced plan­ning, ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness. The Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices, Of­fice of Emer­gency Man­age­ment of­fer the SKYWARN Spot­ter class, which trains in­di­vid­u­als to rec­og­nize fea­tures as­so­ci­ated with de­vel­op­ing, ma­ture and dis­si­pat­ing thun­der­storms. The depart­ment’s Com­mu­nity Emer­gency Re­sponse Teams and County An­i­mal Re­sponse Teams are trained on dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness.

To learn more about the Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices, go to www. Charle­sCoun­tyMD.gov/ ES/Wel­come.

Wil­liam Stephens is the Charles County Di­rec­tor of the Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices.

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