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Arlington Plans National Preparedness Month Events

County to hold free shelter-in-place training training tonight at 2100 Clarendon Blvd.

September is National Preparedness Month, and Arlington County is planning several events and initiatives to coincide with it.

"As we saw , county resources can be stretched thin," said Jack Brown, director of the county's Office of Emergency Management.

"So, we want the entire Arlington community to be a part of the response. Whether it's a storm or a terrorist attack, we want people to be prepared for all hazards: stay informed, listen to the radio, keep your ears to the ground, and make the right decisions to keep yourself and your family safe."

Brown asks that everyone check their supplies and make sure to have three to five days of nonperishable food and water on hand, along with batteries, a battery-powered radio and medication.

The county is promoting its mobile app, Arlington Prepares, , along with other features.

For instance, for an earthquake, the app tells you to stay away from glass or a window.

"It's pretty basic information, but when an earthquake is happening, you might want to bring that up to make sure you're doing the right thing," Brown said. "If you're outdoors, stay there. But don't get next to a building or utility pole. It's all on there."

At 7 p.m. today, the county will hold free shelter-in-place preparedness training. The training is in Rooms C and D at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. See the PDF above for more information.

The Arlington County Emergency Preparedness Commission will hold its annual community forum at its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Arlington Career Center, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive.

Community Preparedness Week starts Sept. 26, and the county is asking people to assemble an emergency "go bag" and sign a preparedness pledge.

Finally, on Oct. 23, Arlington County will participate in the Great Shake Out Earthquake Preparedness Drill.

Barry September 06, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I have some SERIOUS problems with the County's 'shelter in place' advice, which must have been decided by a committee whose members live in single family detached homes with wood burning stoves, expensive backyard barbecues, fireplaces, and emergency generators. Please do not tell me to stay for 5 days in an all-electric apartment type condo when the power is off and the outdoor temperature is over 90 degrees when half of America is on summer vacation. Please don't tell me to keep a freezer full of food because it will all keep safely frozen for 48 hours, when the power goes off for 72 hours. Please don't tell me to preserve perishable food with ice, because it will be difficult or impossible to purchase ice. Regarding 'sheltering in place' in winter, I spent a couple days camping out in an unheated mountain shelter during February and I will never do that again.
Jason Spencer (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Arlington Transportation Partners reminds everyone to consider their commute when planning for emergencies and sent along this link: http://patch.com/bvdKP
CSG September 06, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Thanks Barry. I will visit family if the power goes off for 3 days next summer, taking the pets and frozen and perishable food with me.
Allie September 06, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I have -20 degrees sleeping bags and 100 of the large size hand warmers for winter loss of power.
Janet September 07, 2012 at 02:16 AM
"Brownie, you're doing a heckuv a job here...giving us WRONG advice!" W.
Don September 07, 2012 at 02:22 AM
First thing to do when the temp goes below 50 degrees and over 85 degrees outside and the power goes off...get elderly people outta there.

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