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Ready? Set? Good!

Extreme weather, pandemics, terrorist and cyber attacks happen every day around the world. If an emergency occurred today, would you and your family be prepared?

“Ready? Set? Good!” is a call-to-action emergency preparedness campaign that encourages people to put aside a portable, battery-powered radio, flashlight and one gallon of water per person, per day to help get them through those first critical hours when basic services are down.

“Ready? Set? Good!” is a regional effort funded by the Baltimore Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), using a preparedness grant from the federal government. “Ready? Set? Good!” kicks off in September as part of National Emergency Preparedness Month.

The campaign targets homeowners, heads of households, moms, dads, caregivers and families to prepare for an emergency before one happens - especially people caring for children, older adults and those with disabilities.

The first 72 hours into an emergency situation are critical, because that generally is how long it takes to get basic services - electricity, heat, water, clearing of streets from snow and debris, etc. - back up and running.

By preparing at home with, at minimum, a radio, flashlight and water, residents will be able to: receive critical information about the situation; navigate safely around their homes; and stay hydrated.

We encourage residents to use a checklist to prepare other items - blankets, non-perishable foods, pets, etc. - beforehand; keep the checklist in their wallet or purse; and purchase items whenever they’re at a store running other errands. Residents also are encouraged to create a household/family plan.