National preparedness month fair hosted in Montgomery County spreads awareness to the community


Virginia Schad, who is an emergency nurse at Suburban Hospital, says it’s important to educate people about bleeding control.

She says with all the recent mass shootings and bombings, many people bleed to death before help arrives.

“Bleeding control is important because you can bleed to death in about three minutes, and in a lot of the mass shooting and mass casualty incidents over the past several years, they’ve found that people are bleeding to death before the scenes can be cleared by squad and deemed safe for emergency personnel to enter,” Schad said.

On display, she had a medical manikin for people to see exactly what they should do.

“You have somebody who is meant to mimic somebody who has multiple areas of bleeding – perhaps a result of an explosion somewhere. There’s an amputated leg, so, we would just like to teach people the basic tourniquet applications on how to apply this tourniquet, which would be in the bleeding control kit,” added Schad.

On Wednesday, Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County campus and the National Cancer Institute held an emergency preparedness fair.

Virginia’s booth was one of many focusing on spreading awareness to the community on what to do in case of an emergency.

“Well, we’ve seen even in our local community that we have instances where families need to be prepared. We’ve had floods in the last two years in Montgomery County. We’ve had a devastating fire a few weeks ago- so it’s important for families to think about how they’re going to communicate with each other if they have to suddenly evacuate and try regroup in another location,” said the director of campus community affairs for Johns Hopkins Montgomery County campus, Leslie Weber.

Officials say brochures, family emergency checklists and emergency blankets were some of the many things given away during the fair.


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