County executive emphasizing readiness

October 26, 2008

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has proclaimed Nov. 1 the beginning of Community Readiness Week in the county. Events held during the week will emphasize the importance of individual and family preparedness for possible disasters.

* A Personal Preparedness Public Safety Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the James N. Robey Public Safety Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive, Marriottsville.

Those who attend will see exhibits by the Departments of Fire and Rescue Services, Police, Health, Public Works, Corrections, Citizen Services and the bureaus of Animal Control and Communications (911). Organizations that help manage disasters - the Civil Air Patrol, RACES, CERN, the Volunteer Center Serving Howard County and representatives from FEMA and MEMA will be on hand. A display of vehicles and equipment used to manage emergencies is also planned.

Admission is free and open to everyone. Information: 410-313-2036.

* A drive-through flu clinic will offer vaccinations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Columbia Gateway Drive Loop. Information: 410-313-6503.

* Operation People-Mover, an exercise conducted by the Office of Emergency Management, will test the county's ability to evacuate residents in case of a disaster from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 3. The location is still to be announced. Information: 410-313-6030.

* Ready When the Time Comes training will be offered from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Savage branch library, 9525 Durness Lane, North Laurel. Information: 410-715-3172.

* A Child Safety Seat Inspection will be available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at Clarksville Volunteer Fire Station No. 5, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. Appointments are not necessary.

* The county's automated community notification system will call households in the county each day between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Residents will receive a message to remind them that the system is in place and can be used in emergencies.

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