September is National Preparedness Month and the Department of Emergency Services reminds residents to review their preparedness plans to ensure you and your family are ready throughout the year. The theme this year is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

The Department of Emergency Services has a clear message for its residents:

  • Prepare for an emergency before it happens. Develop an emergency kit. Visitwww.ready.gov/build-a-kitto learn more.
  • Have a plan in place. This means a communications plan, an evacuation and reconvening plan, and a plan for your pets. Visitwww.ready.gov/make-a-planfor help in developing your plan.
  • Visitwww.KnowYourZoneMD.comto determine your evacuation zone. The new system features three evacuation zones–A, B and C. A is the most flood-prone area, with B and C following respectively.

In addition to flooding, some common hazards to Charles County include high wind, severe thunderstorms, and winter weather. Be prepared.Sign up for the Citizen Notification System (CNS), the county’s free emergency notification system, atwww.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CNSto receive weather, traffic, and road closure notices by text message, email, or phone.

Tag Charles County Government on social media and use hashtag #PrepareNow to let us know how your family is ready in any emergency.

To get the latest Charles County severe weather updates visit:
Charles County Government website:www.CharlesCountyMD.gov
Facebook:www.Facebook.com/CharlesCounty
Twitter:www.Twitter.com/CharlesCoMD
Charles County Government Television (CCGTV): Comcast channel 95 or Verizon channel 10
SMECO Power Outage Map:stormcenter.smeco.coop(Call877-747-6326to report an outage.)

Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.

Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD:800-735-2258.