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National Preparedness Month 2017

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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.

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Week 1:  September 1-9
Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends

Turn Around, Don't Drown: Never drive through flood waters or flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast moving water to sweep you off your feet. It takes only two feet of water to move a SUV-sized vehicle.

Flooding Prevention and Preparedness Workshop Livestream
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017 from
Time: 10 - 11 am
Location: Online
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 dcracommteam@dc.gov. More information on DC Flood Maps can be found here.

Tips to Make an Emergency Plan:

Week 2:  September 10-16
Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community

Install Smoke Alarms: Put a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area. Also put a smoke alarm inside of every bedroom.

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

Evacuation: In case of a work place emergency evacuation, be sure to use emergency exits, do not use elevators, follow evacuation procedures and proceed to your assembly area.

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.
Register Here

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

Save a Life: For someone who's unresponsive, first check breathing. Next call 911 as soon as possible. Push firmly downwards in the middle of the chest and then release. Do this at a regular rate until help arrives.

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:

For additional information on being prepared for emergencies, please visit the following links below for additional resources: