We all need to be prepared, as individuals and as a community, for whatever emergencies may occur. The Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) is sponsoring a series of community-based tabletop exercises to help you, your family, and your neighbors take appropriate steps to prepare for an emergency and understand recovery measures during and after an emergency.
Experience has shown that after a major disaster, requests for fire, police, medical, and other public services begin to mount. At some point, the increased demand for services could result in delayed response times. For this reason, neighborhoods should learn to be self-reliant in an emergency. Individuals and organizations should be prepared to be without assistance for 72 hours or longer.
A neighborhood that has organized prior to a disaster will know what to do when the disaster occurs and not waste precious time figuring out who can do what. Individuals and neighborhoods that are prepared will know what to expect during times of disaster, what to do, and how to come together in an organized, timely response.
HSEMA Emergency Management Plan Videos
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Be Ready DC Episodes
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Emergencies can strike at any time … at any place … morning or night … at the office or at home. If an emergency happens at home, sometimes your family and your home's best protection can be your neighbors. Working with neighbors in an emergency can save lives and property.
If You Have Pets
In the event of an evacuation, you must take your pet with you. Make arrangements for pets in advance of an emergency.
If Your Power Goes Out
During an emergency it's important to stay calm. Even after an event, there may still be dangers. What seems like a safe distance or location may not be. Remember to stay tuned to your local emergency station WTOP 1500 am, and follow the advice of trained professional.
Recovering From An Emergency
Recovery from an emergency continues even after you return home, as you and your family face the emotional and psychological effects of the event. Reactions vary from person to person. Join Dr. Dorree Lynn as she prepares you for the aftermath of disaster.
Technological Hazards Emergencies
In the event of a technological hazards emergency -- don't panic. Remain calm. The best defense from any of these emergencies is education and awareness. Watch this show and find out how!