September is National Preparedness Month: Learn Life Saving Skills

While AIA Maryland continues work to ramp up the Statewide Disaster Assistance Program, we want to remind all our members to prepare for a disaster BEFORE the disaster strikes. We are happy to share the following from FEMA with you:

While we can’t prevent unexpected emergencies, we can increase our preparedness for the next event.  Before a disaster, we must make preparedness actions part of our daily routine at work and at home and learn critical response skills. Neighbors, by-standers, and co-workers are usually the most immediate supporters.

These simple, life saving measures could be critical in reducing injuries and fatalities attributed to a disaster:

– Know basic home maintenance to protect your family and home. Learn how to mitigate your home against flood damage, or protect against the impacts of earthquakes.

– Take a Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid class so you will know what to do if a family member, neighbor, or co-worker is injured. Take Until Help Arrives training, which empowers people to take action in emergency situations and provide lifesaving care before professional assistance arrives.

Put smoke alarms on every level of your home, test them monthly, and replace them when they are 10 years old.

Know the ways to keep your home safe from cooking, heating, and electrical fires. Change the batteries in smoke, carbon monoxide, and natural gas detectors at home, and help people who aren’t able to change batteries on their own.

Saturday, Sept. 15 is the National Day of Action when individuals, organizations and businesses are encouraged to take an action, such as participating in an exercise, drill or other action that will increase preparedness. For more information, go to