Emergency Planning Resources
Below are some basic "emergency planning" suggestions, as well
as helpful links and resources gathered from various Washington
Metropolitan area media.
In Case of an Emergency Evacuation
* Rehearse your personal and family plan of escape.
* Consider the special needs of elderly people and very young children.
* Know the green route signs which mark evacuation routes.
* Keep emergency supplies in your home and in your car. Check with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA - www.fema.gov) and the Red Cross (www.redcross.org) for a list of supplies.
* Consider your pet’s needs.
Emergency Planning at Work
* Emergency supplies at work include a battery radio, cell phone, sturdy shoes, medications, a flashlight, water, etc. Keep them near your work area in a portable pack.
* If you have to take shelter at your worksite, know where to go for greatest protection, good ventilation and warmth.
* Have a communication plan for keeping in touch with family and other people important to you.
* Ask your workplace to post crisis procedures and its evacuation policy.
* If you leave the workplace, let someone know where you are going.
* For all employees: maintain an up-to-date list of phone numbers, cell phone numbers, email addresses, emergency contact persons and their numbers.
* Stay in contact with events by video, radio, phone, etc.
Web Resources - National
www.redcross.org - American Red Cross
www.fema.gov and http://www.ready.gov/kids Federal Emergency Management
www.cdc.gov - U.S. Center for Disease Control
www.dhhs.gov - U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
www.usdoj.gov - U. S. Department of Justice
www.dhs.gov - U. S. Department of Homeland Security
CHEM/BIO Hotline 800-424-8802
FBI Headquarters Operations Center 202-323-3300
DC Metro Area Resources - Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia
Arlington County Public Health - 703-228-4992
D.C. Emergency Management Agency (24 hour) - 202-727-6161
(for hearing impaired - 202-727-3323)
Fairfax County Hotline - 703-817-7771
Montgomery County Health Department - 240-777-1755
Prince Georges County Health Department - 301-883-7879
Anne Arundel County - 410-222-7256
Baltimore City - 410-396-4436
Baltimore County - 410-887-6011
Charles County - 301-609-6900
Frederick County - 301-600-1029
Howard County - 410-313-7500
Prepared by Helene King, PhD, CEAP
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