The Emergency Preparedness Committee was established by the City Council to provide community input to and assist in the City's planning and preparations for emergency operations and to involve residents in providing appropriate assistance during emergency operations.
- Contact the Emergency Preparedness Committee via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a preparedness presentation for your Takoma Park neighborhood, business, or organization.
- Preparedness public service announcements created by City TV and posted on YouTube:
- The Emergency Preparedness Committee is featured on a segment of "We Are Takoma," produced by City TV. View the episode here.
Committee membership includes seven Takoma Park residents appointed by the City Council, senior City Staff selected by the City Manager, one member selected by the Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department, one member selected by the Washington Adventist Hospital, and one member selected by the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. The Council may, by resolution, appoint up to five additional representative members to serve on the Committee. These members may represent educational institutions, faith communities, businesses or business associations, landlords or managers of multi-unit residential properties in the City, and other appropriate sectors or stakeholders in the community. Appointees should have some professional background in emergency preparedness or operations and be available to perform committee duties when required.
Representative committee members serve as long as determined by their agency or organization.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Emergency Preparedness Committee shall assist in:
- Reviewing the City’s Emergency Operations Plan and other supporting emergency documents and recommending changes to the Council and City Manager.
- Exploring the formation of volunteer neighborhood emergency teams that can assist City Departments in carrying out emergency activities when called upon.
- Coordinating with the City, Montgomery County, and other agencies to educate residents on their individual responsibilities for preparing their households for emergencies and providing information on what residents can expect from the City and County during an emergency.
- Collecting and providing, as appropriate, research and data as well as assembled comments on emergency-related events for the Council.
- Reporting to the Council on the Committee’s progress six months after the Committee starts operating and every six months thereafter. Each report will provide information on upcoming plans for the Committee along with recommendations for improving the City's preparedness, if appropriate.
- Coordinating with Montgomery County to offer and promote citizen training programs for residents.
- Identifying and promoting volunteer opportunities during emergency situations to neighborhood safety contacts, citizen patrols, citizen associations, persons who serve or care for special City populations, and other City residents in concert with the agency within Montgomery County that is responsible for volunteers during emergencies.
- Advising the City on strategies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the City preparedness activities and its relationship with relevant agencies, organizations, and community groups.
- Providing opportunities, when appropriate, for Councilmembers to be present during emergency exercises as observers and solicit their feedback after an event.
- Rebecca Chestnutt, Takoma Park resident member
- Ron Hardy, Takoma Park Emergency Manager
- Thomas Horne, Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department
- Andy Kelemen, Takoma Park resident member
- Patrick Kimvilakani, Takoma Park resident member
- Jennifer Kurtinitis, Takoma Park resident member (Community Co-Chair)
- Herma Percy, Washington Adventist University
- Claudine Schweber, Takoma Park resident member
- Kathleen Quinn, Takoma Park resident member
- Vacant, Washington Adventist Hospital
- Vacant, Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
The Emergency Preparedness Committee generally meets the fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Takoma Park Community Center. All meetings are open to the public.
General Emergency Preparedness Information for City of Takoma Park Residents
- Takoma Park ALERT contacts you in the event of a major crisis or emergency.
- Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS) Website The site includes information on how to prepare your family, your business, and your community for disasters and contains links to other documents and websites with preparedness information.
- Follow this direct link to the OEMHS Volunteer Page to learn about volunteer opportunities.