Talbot marks Preparedness Month
The Talbot County Council proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12. National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to prepare for disasters and emergencies. This year’s theme is “Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can.”
EASTON — The Talbot County Council proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12.
The proclamation followed a presentation by Jim Bass, county emergency management coordinator, who was accompanied by Holly Guschke, 911 dispatch captain, and Judy Micheliche, EMS captain.
National Preparedness Month is a nationwide coordinated effort sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) each September to encourage Americans to prepare for disasters and emergencies.
The goal of National Preparedness Month is to increase the number of people and communities who engage in preparedness actions at home and in schools, businesses and neighborhoods, Bass said. The theme is “Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can.”
“We really encourage people to put some time and effort into being prepared for disasters of all shapes and sources,” Bass said.
The four weekly themes of the month are “Make a Plan for Yourself, Your Family and Your Friends,” “Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community,” “Practice and Build Out Your Plans,” and “Get Involved and be Part of Something Larger.”
Bass said there are three things the Talbot County Department of Emergency Services (DES) encourages everyone to do during September. The first is to “make an emergency plan for your family — think about whether you and your family are going to shelter in place or evacuate, and if you are going to evacuate, where are you going to go?” Bass said.
The second and third considerations are, “How are you going to communicate with your loved ones and what are you going to take with you?” Bass said. To answer the third question, Bass encouraged everyone “to put together an emergency supply kit which would (include basics) like food, water, clothes, medication, sheltering supplies and pet supplies.”
Bass reported that DES was involved in conventional and social media campaigns and a free, seven-week CERT or Community Emergency Response Training class, which began in September with about 20 people who were learning a range of emergency preparedness skills.
The next CERT training will be offered in the spring.
DES is encouraging residents to register for the Talbot County Citizen Alert Mass Notification System and to download the free app for Android and iPhones to get the latest preparedness information.
In its proclamation, the council “officially recognizes the Talbot County Department of Emergency Services and its community partners, including the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), the Talbot County Department of Social Services, the Talbot County Health Department, our volunteer fire departments and law enforcement agencies, as well as the many other volunteer and civic organizations that routinely offer their invaluable services to our community.”
For more information about emergency preparedness and to sign up for the citizen alert system, log onto Talbot DES at www.tal botdes.org.
On behalf of the Talbot County Council, Councilman Chuck Callahan, left, thanked county emergency management services (EMS) personnel for their service to the county after the council proclaimed September National Preparedness Month at its Sept. 12 meeting. Accepting the proclamation are Clay Stamp, director of Talbot County Emergency Services, executive director of the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC), senior emergency management advisor to the Governor and chair of the Governor’s Emergency Management Advisory Council; Holly Guschke, 911 dispatch captain; Judy Micheliche, EMS Captain and Jim Bass, emergency management coordinator.