Information taken from DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs web page.
September marks the annual observance of National Preparedness Month. DCRA is partnering on a local and national level to promote and provide resources to our local communities. During this time and throughout the year, government agencies, nonprofits, and all of community support services come together to remind us that we all must prepare now and consistently throughout the year for any and every emergency that could and will affect our lives.
Take time to learn lifesaving skills—such as CPR and first aid, check your insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face, such as flood, earthquakes, and tornados. Make sure to consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency. Check out the events that DCRA is hosting below to assist you in being more prepared for disasters.
The devastating hurricanes and wildfires of 2017 reminded the nation of the importance of preparing for disasters. Often, we will be the first ones in our communities to take action after a disaster strikes and before first responders arrive, so it is important to prepare in advance to help yourself and your community. For more information and for year-round tools to help you prepare for disaster visit Ready.gov's website.
Learn Life-Saving Skills: Prepare Your Family For Any Disaster Panel Discussion
Tuesday, Sept. 18, noon–1:30 pm
1100 4th Street SW, 3rd Floor, Room E300
Prepared Anywhere: First Aid and Hands-Only CPR Training
Tuesday, Sept. 25, noon-1:00 pm
1100 4th Street SW, 2nd Floor, Room E200
Life-Saving Skills for Seniors
Thursday, Sept. 27, 11 am–noon
Hattie Holmes Senior Wellness Center, 324 Kennedy Street NW
For additional information on being prepared for emergencies, please see these resources:
Ready.gov and to make your Family Emergency Communications Plan today!
Visit HSEMA at hsema.dc.gov for more preparedness information.
Mayor Bowser’s office on volunteerism at serve.dc.gov.
AlertDC is the official District of Columbia communications system that sends emergency alert to DC residents. Sign up for alerts at AlertDC.com.
Visit redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/be-red-cross-ready to learn about how to become “Red Cross Ready.”