Calvert County, Maryland is subject to many hazards that have the potential for disrupting the community, causing damage and creating casualties. Natural hazards include hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, winter storms and even earthquakes. There is also a threat of a war-related incident, such as nuclear, bio-chemical or conventional attack.
Other disaster situations could develop from a hazardous materials accident, peacetime nuclear accident, major transportation accident, terrorism or civil disorder.
In the event of an emergency, natural or otherwise, it is important to make sure that your family's basic needs are being met and that they are safe. The most effective way of to do this is to have a plan in place. It's very easy to panic during an emergency; being mentally and physically prepared may help to minimize that feeling of panic and enable you to keep your family calm, cool, collected, and most importantly, safe. An emergency preparedness plan should include a disaster supply kit, as well as any emergency essentials. Emergency preparedness supplies should also be arranged and easily accessible. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance for how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in different situations.
FEMA's Ready.gov is full of great information on how best to prepare for emergencies and disasters. Visit Ready.gov.
See our Preparedness Video Library page for a selection of preparedness videos for the whole family as well as a selection for young children.