Johns Hopkins University encourages residents to be prepared no matter where they live

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As natural disasters continue to pummel the U.S. and neighboring countries, Johns Hopkins University is encouraging residents to be prepared no matter where you live.

The university’s Montgomery County campus hosted an emergency preparedness fair Wednesday, featuring nearly two dozen organizations.

Tents ranged from educating folks on updating smoke alarms to teaching people how to stop major bleeds before first responders arrive on scene.

In its third year, the event attracted more than 300 locals.

“You always need to have an emergency plan or an emergency kit, regardless of whether if you live in an earthquake zone, a hurricane zone [or] a tornado zone,” said Ellen Poltilove, Communications Manager, Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus.

The fair is part of a nationwide campaign to plan ahead before disaster strikes, led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. (FEMA)

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