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.
As a resourceful participant local government agency, DCRA has prepared a month long of happenings for the community.
Be sure to follow us on our social media accounts for safety tips and event updates. Use and follow hashtags: #PrepareEarlyBeReady #NatlPrep #DCDCRANatlPrep #PlanAhead #SafeandSimple.
Week 1: September 1-9
Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends
Flooding Prevention and Preparedness Workshop Livestream
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017 from
Time: 10 - 11 am
Description: Follow DCRA on Facebook or Twitter to learn more about flood prevention and preparedness in the District of Columbia.
Missed our livestream on Flood Prevention and Preparation with our Chief Building Official Lynn Underwood? We have you covered. Click here to watch. If you have any questions, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information on DC Flood Maps can be found here.
Tips to Make an Emergency Plan:
- Make an Emergency Plan.
- Sign up for alerts and warnings in your area.
- Learn your evacuation zone and have an evacuation plan.
- Check your insurance coverage and review the Document and Insure Property Guide.
- Plan financially for the possibility of disaster.
Week 2: September 10-16
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community
Senior Fire Safety and Awareness
Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Hayes Senior Wellness Center
Description: DCRA and FEMS will partner to conduct an hour long session for District seniors on Fire Safety and Prevention.
Tips to Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community:
- Learn skills you need to help yourself and others until help can arrive.
- Take Until Help Arrives training.
- Check on your neighbors.
- Talk with your Power Company about utility safety.
- On National Prepareathon Day, Friday, September, 15, hold an event in your community.
Week 3: September 17-23
Practice and Build Out Your Plans
Hands-Only CPR Training: Essentials for Being Prepared Anywhere
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 1 pm - 1:30 pm
Location: DCRA, 1100 4th Street SW, Conference Room E200, Washington, DC
Description: This workshop will offer a hands-only CPR and first aid training by a Public Health Analyst from DC Fire and EMS. Note: Attendees will not receive a CPR certification for this workshop.
Tips to Practice and Build Out Your Plans:
- Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
- Maintain emergency savings for use in case of an emergency
- Participate in an emergency drill
- Know how to access community resources (e.g., shelters, food banks)
Week 4: September 24-30
Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger
National Preparedness Month Kids Zone
Date: Monday, September 25, 2017
Time: 9:30 am - 12 pm
Location: Van Ness Elementary School, Washington, DC
Description: This workshop includes an interactive presentation to middle school students on Building Safety and Fire Safety, and how to be better prepared in the event of an emergency.
Tips on Getting Involved:
- Get your campus, business, faith-based organization and community organization prepared for an emergency
- Join Weather Ready Nation
- Sign up for Ready Business Workshop
For additional information on being prepared for emergencies, please visit the following links below for additional resources:
- Ready.gov and to make your Family Emergency Communications Plan today!
- Visit HSEMA at hsema.dc.gov for more preparedness information.
- Mayoral Bowser’s office on volunteerism 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.”