September is National Preparedness Month & local officials are urging residents to have a kit handy


If a disaster were to ever strike, Frederick County official Seamus Mooney says he and his family will be well prepared.

“So in my home there’s three members in my household… that’s two adults and a child; so we have water…one gallon per person per day, we also have a dog and a cat… So we have extra water for them. We have nonperishable foods- so we have some canned items…some freeze dry goods and some snacks.  We also have other items like our important documents; like copies of our health insurance and our home insurance,” said Director of Emergency Preparedness for Frederick County, Seamus Mooney.

Mooney added that all these things are in a safe place, so that they can get to it if needed. He says having things like this can possibly help save your life until help arrives.

“A kit is essential to a family, or an individual because it gives them supplies. We always tell people they need to prepare for at least 72 hours after an event; to be without power,” said Mooney.

Mooney says your home isn’t the only place that you need to keep a kit…

“Maybe keep a smaller version of that in their car or at work; in case they get stuck away from home,” added Mooney.

Other officials, like County Executive Jan Gardner is also urging residents to be prepared; and most importantly be aware.

“People can get alerts through Frederick County about emergency events, weather events…man made emergencies through an alert system,” said Gardner.

Gardner says residents are strongly encouraged to register to receive emergency information alerts at

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