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NEWS
February 21, 2003
The Washington County Department of Emergency Services-Emergency Management Agency, in cooperation with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency, is offering the public tips on being better prepared in case of flooding conditions. The recent heavy snow, the following warming trend plus the prediction of heavy rains today and Saturday, mean flooding is possible in Western Maryland. Owners of flat-roofed structures should have snow removed, and obstructions should be cleared from drains and gutters.
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NEWS
November 23, 2008
4-H Tailwaggers Club member Daniel Speck, left, hands out an emergency preparedness information bag at the Animal Clinic of Funkstown's Pet Fair on Oct. 18 to fair participant Lindsey Harden and her miniature pinscher Tyson. Washington County received a $500 mini-grant for community service projects and educational activities that encourage Maryland citizens to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies, including people with disabilities and the elderly. Seventeen 4-H clubs distributed 655 bags filled with educational and marketing materials throughout Washington County.
NEWS
By HEATHER LOWERY | August 12, 2010
o Hostage Drill - University System Two people portraying "gunmen" entered the University System of Maryland at Hagerstown building on West Washington Street as a part of a drill Thursday morning to test the university's emergency preparedness plan. The Board of Regents requires USMH to test its emergency plan every year, said C. David Warner III, USMH executive director. A scenario such as the one portrayed Thursday "is to help us be as prepared as we can be for a real emergency and to discover where we have our weaknesses," Warner said.
NEWS
by MARLO BARNHART | August 26, 2004
This year's Citizen Emergency Preparedness Day activities on Saturday, Sept. 11, will combine 9/11 tributes with demonstrations and displays on how people can protect themselves. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the planting of four trees at Hagerstown City Park - one each for career firefighters, law enforcement officers, volunteer fire and ambulance personnel and active military. Trees have been donated by local businesses and citizens. From the park, there will be a procession to Valley Mall with all fire, emergency medical, law enforcement and military agencies invited to contribute one marked unit.
NEWS
By MARLO BARNHART | September 24, 2007
HAGERSTOWN - As a critical-care nurse and patient advocate for 25 years at Washington County Hospital, Marie Thompson is no stranger to emergency preparedness. So when Thompson heard about the Washington County Citizen Corps Red Bag project, she thought it would be a great idea for the 76 people associated with her current agency - Hospice of Washington County. The bags are filled with food, first aid and other supplies to be used in an emergency. Thompson is quality improvement director at Hospice, which is now at 747 Northern Ave. A Hagerstown native, Thompson is married and has three children, five stepchildren and eight grandchildren.
NEWS
by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | February 19, 2007
SMITHSBURG - Calvin Andrukat has two younger sisters, and he said it was important for him to learn basic first aid and emergency preparedness. "I figured it would help me with them ... in case," the Smithsburg High School junior said. He was one of about 14 students from the school who participated in three days of Community Emergency Response Team training that concluded Sunday. The students met at Smithsburg Volunteer Fire Co., where they were joined by three Boys Scouts of America from Troop 136 in Halfway.
NEWS
by RICHARD F. BELISLE | October 23, 2004
waynesboro@herald-mail.com WAYNESBORO, PA. - It's as important for individuals and families to be prepared for man-made or natural disasters as it is for emergency, police, fire and other front-line units. That's the theme of the first Franklin County Emergency Preparedness Fair, which continues today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the intersection of Mentzer Gap and Old Forge roads. The fair is sponsored by the church. It is being coordinated by church member Cindy Reese.
NEWS
August 14, 2002
Williamsport Crime Watch members will participate in Citizens' Emergency Preparedness Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 17 at Robinwood Medical Center. Crime Watch members will share information about the community-based organization and recruit new members.
NEWS
By HEATHER KEELS | September 15, 2008
SHARPSBURG - What began as a 4-H service project has branched out into a multipronged effort to improve emergency preparedness in Sharpsburg for 18-year-old Seth Marvil, who presented his work to the Sharpsburg Town Council this month. Marvil's efforts over the past year have included creating digital maps for emergency responders, surveying officials about the town's emergency preparedness tools, handing out emergency survival kits to seniors and even completing Citizen Emergency Response Training so he is prepared to assist rescue crews in an emergency.
NEWS
June 6, 2011
A workshop titled “Floods, Tornadoes and Blackouts — An All-Hazards Approach to Personal, Family and Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness” will be held Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Morris Frock American Legion Post 42 on Northern Avenue in Hagerstown. Presenters will include Verna Brown, coordinator, Washington County Emergency Management; Mike Mowen, director of Emergency Services, Red Cross of Washington County; and Kyd Dieterich, Hagerstown Fire Department chief. The program is free and open to the public.
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