City of College Park, Maryland

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness

 

Emergency preparedness is necessary in the event of a hurricane, tornado, winter storm, power outage, other utility service interruption, etc.

Regardless of the cause, it is generally recognized by emergency management experts that each one of us should take action to prepare for short-term emergencies.  Depending on the specific needs of your household (such as children, senior citizens, people with special health needs, animals), you should prepare now to be self-sufficient for a period of 3 to 7 days.  The following is an overview of general emergency preparedness procedures that should be followed in case of any type of emergency:

  1. Remain advised of current conditions - Follow recommendations from government agencies, utilities, other service providers, and the news media.
  2. Personal preparedness in your home - Be prepared at home for short-term emergencies.  Restock your home emergency supply kit with sufficient nonperishable food and water, a battery-powered radio, flashlight and batteries to last for 3 to 7 days.
  3. Valuable information on the Internet - You are encouraged to learn more about preparing for specific emergencies by visiting Ready Campaign at www.ready.gov
  4. The City of College Park  - City staff provide Emergency and Continuity of Operations planning for the City to ensure response to an emergency as well as maintenance of City services should a disaster or emergency strike the City.
  5. University of Maryland (UM) Early Warning Siren - UMD maintains a system of emergency warning sirens which are located on the campus but can be heard throughout the City of College Park. The system is tested on the first Wednesday of each month at 11:55 a.m. The sirens may sound when there is an imminent hazard such as a tornado. Should you hear these sirens at a time other than the monthly test day, you should take shelter immediately and seek current news and information by tuning into Radio 1640 AM, the local news or by visiting www.umpd.umd.edu
  6. You may register to receive text messages for emergency alerts and public safety announcements from Prince George's County at Alert Prince George's