Prepare Because You Care - Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training

Are you prepared for the next emergency? The Harford County Department of Emergency Services (DES) wants to help!  

When it comes to emergencies and disasters, it's not a question of IF, but WHEN. The demands placed upon our first responders increase dramatically in an emergency and their ability to respond quickly can be significantly impacted. Additionally, the next emergency may cause power to be out for an extended period of time. You may want to consider the following questions regarding your personal preparedness:

  • Do I have an emergency supply kit?
  • Do I have drinking water (one gallon per person/per day for at least three days)?
  • Do I have a working radio and flashlight with fresh batteries?
  • Do I have extra medications on hand and do I have extra supplies for my pets?
  • Will my neighbor's with functional and special needs require assistance? 
  • Can my family be self-sufficient for 72 hours or longer?
  • Do I have the correct type of fire extinguisher and do I know how to use it properly?
  • What actions can I take to prevent crime in my community?
  • Do I know the basic steps in helping to save a life?
If you are unsure about the answers to any of these questions, we invite you to attend Prepare Because You Care (PBYC)!  

PBYC is a citizen training class that is designed to address preparedness for a wide-range of disasters and emergency situations. PBYC classes are free of charge and are offered multiple times each year at different locations around Harford County.

Our next PBYC class will be held at the Harford County Department of Emergency Services (located in Hickory at 2220 Ady Road, Forest Hill, MD 21050) and will take place on Wednesdays beginning on September 14th 2016. You must register for this free class.

The PBYC program consists of 1 two-hour class per week for 4 weeks (all class sessions will begin at 7 PM and will end around 9 PM). The class syllabus is as follows:

Class #1: DES and Emergency Preparedness 101 (2 hours)
  • What is Emergency Management?  
  • What public safety roles does the Department of Emergency Services fulfill?
  • Maryland’s disaster history and an introduction to natural and man-made hazards
  • Assembling a disaster readiness kit
  • Basic cybersecurity in the home
Class #2: Fire Safety and Awareness (2 hours)
  • Learn fire types and how it occurs
  • An introduction to the different types of fire extinguishers and how to operate one
  • Fire risk and prevention
Class #3: Crime Prevention/Awareness (2 hours)
  • Overview of HCSO
  • Learn how to recognize suspicious activity and how to report it to 911
  • Learn personal safety techniques (e.g. walking and driving)
  • Learn steps to protect your home against break-ins
  • Learn about the “Neighborhood Watch” program and how to implement it in your neighborhood
Class #4: Hands-Only CPR/First Aid (2 hours)
  • Hands-Only CPR
  • Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) usage
  • Patient assessment and basic first aid
  • DES building tour that includes the Harford County 911 Communications and Dispatch Center!
The four-week PBYC Program will conclude at the end of Class #4 with a brief “graduation” and the presentation of completion certificates.

If you have any questions about this program or are interested in signing up for the next class, please contact:

Steven M. Welzant, CEM
Emergency Management Specialist
Office phone: 410-588-5739 or email.
Prepare Because You Care, Building a Resilient Harford