Upper Marlboro, MD – Today marks the twelfth anniversary of the devastating terrorist attacks that took place in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. As Prince George’s County remembers the victims and the families and friends they left behind, we cannot forget the brave acts of heroism that the many first responders displayed throughout the crisis.
STATEMENT FROM PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY EXECUTIVE RUSHERN L. BAKER, III:
“Twelve years ago, Americans experienced a day filled with horror, fear and tremendous sorrow as a result of the attacks on September 11, 2001. Many people in Prince George’s County were directly or indirectly affected on that dark day in American history and we continue to wish peace for those who lost a friend or loved one.
We thank the countless first responders in this County and around the country for their tireless efforts and sacrifice to keep us out of harm’s way. They are heroes and we owe each of them a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice. Although it was over a decade ago, we remain ever vigilant in the protection of our citizens, our communities, our County and this country.”
NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH INFORMATION FROM PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY
“Although twelve years have passed, we remember 9/11 as if it were yesterday”, said Brian R. Moe, Director, Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security. “We remember where we were and what we were doing. We immediately began to communicate with our families and implement protective measures to safeguard them from harm. This is still the primary message that we want to continue to convey today, that public safety remains a top priority.”
September is also “National Preparedness Month” and the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) encourages residents to think more about emergency preparedness and take precautionary measures to help protect their families and communities.
“Whether disasters are man-made or natural, we must use every opportunity possible to be prepared,” said Ronald E. Gill, Jr., Emergency Manager for Prince George’s County.
The Office of Emergency Management recommends that residents adopt the following best practices to safeguard family members, friends and communities during times of disasters or other significant events.
Register for Notify Me Prince George’s, the County’s Community Emergency Alert Notification System. Registered subscribers will receive critical, real-time information on situations ranging from weather-related emergencies to traffic alerts. Other notifications include: amber alerts, school and government delays and closings, utility interruptions and specific instructions regarding emergency protective measures. In the event of an emergency, designated personnel in OEM will send text messages, e-mail alerts and pages directly to your registered devices. Register for NotifyMe Prince George’s today and stay informed.
Get involved with your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and become more active in your neighborhoods, communities and workplace. CERT offers a seven-week, 20 hour, instructor-led training course that includes: Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, CERT Organization, Light Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology and Terrorism. If you are interested in learning more about CERT or obtaining information regarding upcoming training classes, please contact: Tonie R. Davis III, President, Prince George’s County Council of CERT via e-mail at
CERTpgmd@gmail.com or Calvin Hawkins, Division Manager, OEM Outreach & Education via email at: CSHawkins@co.pg.md.us
The Office of Emergency Management will be presenting an Emergency Preparedness Conference “Creating Resilient Communities” on Saturday, September 28, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden Ministry Center, located at 3600 Brightseat Road, Glenarden, MD.
“Creating Resilient Communities” speaks to the need to ensure that everyone – individuals, families, the faith-based community, and businesses understand their role in preparedness and the County’s responsibilities when disaster strikes. Registration for the conference is free. It will feature workshops, roundtables, panel discussions and Q&A sessions focused on providing information and insights on how we, as a community, can ensure our readiness in the event of an emergency.
To Register, Click https://pgpreparednessconference2013.eventbrite.com or to obtain more information, call the Office of Emergency Management at: 301-780-8313.
Since hazards and acts of destruction can happen anytime and anywhere, we must take every opportunity to help prepare our residents for a multitude of events and the impact on Prince George’s County.