Best Resources For Emergency Preparedness In Washington DC

February 1, 2013 8:00 AM

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Emergency preparedness is necessary for the home and workplace since there is no guarantee where an individual may be when the situation occurs. Fires, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, winter storms and extreme heat and other natural disasters all have the potential to impact the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that happened Sept. 11, 2001, the threat of another terrorist attack has continued to heighten the awareness of the importance of emergency preparedness. Education and training in the types of emergencies and the appropriate course of action to take during an emergency can save lives.

CERT Training
Serve DC
1 Judiciary Square
441 4th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-7925

Price: free
Hours: Feb. 16 to Feb. 18 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Community Emergency Response Team provides training to individuals to ensure they are prepared during an emergency. Topics include ways to respond to public health issues, terrorism, crime and natural disasters. The training is designed to provide information that can not only help the individual but provide assistance to the community as well when faced with an emergency. The training is open to all individuals who live or work in Washington, DC.

CPR Training Program
DC Fire/EMS Department
1923 Vermont Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 673-3320

Price: free
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:45 p.m.; first and fourth Thursday of each month

The DC Fire/EMS (CPR) training to members of the community every month. When you complete the four-hour training course, you become certified in CPR for adults, infants and children. This training will be useful in coming to the aid of someone who may suffer cardiac arrest during an emergency and medical help is not readily accessible. Pre-registration is required because the class size is limited.

READY – Preparedness HQ
Retail Store & Headquarters
10335 Kensington Parkway
Kensington, MD 20895
(301) 949-9600

Price: $22.99 to $7,436.58
Hours: Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The store offers a variety of items that will assist in assembling supplies needed to prepare in advance for an emergency or disaster. Items include a 6-month supply of freeze dried and dehydrated food, a72-Hour Emergency Meal Kit, a 55 gallon water drum, emergency kits, food, water and electricity alternatives. There is also a pet first aid kit to ensure the family pet is taken care of as well.

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Red Cross Store
8550 Arlington Blvd.
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 584-8400

Price: $3.50 to $100

The Red Cross is an active participant in all efforts to respond to natural disasters and emergencies. Their online stores offers essential that can help support individuals during emergency situations. Items include a three-day emergency preparedness kit, mini water storage system and emergency radios. There is also “A Family Guide to First Aid and Emergency Preparedness” that will be useful in learning more about how to ensure preparations are in place.

First Aid-Blended Course
8777 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(888) 973-6569

Price: $60
Hours: Feb. 16 – 4 p.m.

The course provides basic first aid information which will allow individuals to give initial aid to victims. Topics include treating cuts, bruises and minor burns. Successful completion of the course will result in participant certification. Blended courses allow participants to take some on the class online and complete the skills assessment at the training location. Training is provided at an American Heart Association certified education training site of the D.C. based World Safety Institute.

Related: US Roads, Airports Not Prepared to Deal With Extreme Weather Catastrophes

Sarah Hearn is a freelance writer covering all things DC. Her work can be found on

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