Charles County Department of Emergency Services

Charles County Department of Emergency Services To protect the safety, health and well-being of the community
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09/08/2020

Additional Emergency Supplies
Since Spring of 2020, the CDC has recommended people include additional items in their kits to help prevent the spread of coronavirus or other viruses and the flu.
Consider adding the following items to your emergency supply kit based on your individual needs:
• Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
• Prescription medications
• Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
• Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
• Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
• Pet food and extra water for your pet
• Cash or traveler's checks
• Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
• Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
• Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
• Fire extinguisher
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
• Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
• Paper and pencil
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

09/07/2020

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit
To assemble your kit store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:
• Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation)
• Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
• Flashlight
• First aid kit
• Extra batteries
• Whistle (to signal for help)
• Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
• Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
• Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
• Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
• Manual can opener (for food)
• Local maps
• Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery

09/05/2020
09/04/2020

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like operating medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
• Different ages of members within your household
• Responsibilities for assisting others
• Locations frequented
• Dietary needs
• Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
• Disabilities or access and functional needs including
devices and equipment
• Languages spoken
• Cultural and religious considerations
• Pets or service animals
• Households with school-aged children

09/03/2020

Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.
1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
2. What is my shelter plan?
3. What is my evacuation route?
4. What is my family/household communication plan?
5. Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
6. Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and
update my emergency plans due to Coronavirus.
7. Get cloth face coverings (for everyone over 2 years old),
disinfectants, and check my sheltering plan.

Please join us in congratulating Paramedic Kevin Reilly on his retirement from service with the Charles County Departmen...
09/02/2020

Please join us in congratulating Paramedic Kevin Reilly on his retirement from service with the Charles County Department of Emergency Services. Paramedic Reilly served the community and kept it safe for 10 years. We thank you for your service to the community and dedication to our mission, you will be greatly missed. Enjoy your retirement.

September is National Preparedness Month
09/01/2020

September is National Preparedness Month

The Charles County Citizen Notification System (CNS), is a free service that allows you to receive emergency, weather an...
08/31/2020
Citizen Notification System | Charles County, MD

The Charles County Citizen Notification System (CNS), is a free service that allows you to receive emergency, weather and community notifications via phone calls, text messages, email and more, for the locations you care about
in Charles County. You can choose to receive notifications about events that may affect your home, your child's school, your parent's home, your workplace or other locations. Signing up keeps you informed!
Register to receive emergency, weather, and community notifications – www.charlescountymd.gov/CNS.

Who saw this paramedic out doing station deliveries today!? Less than 6 months from diagnosis! Welcome back!#remission
08/01/2020

Who saw this paramedic out doing station deliveries today!? Less than 6 months from diagnosis! Welcome back!
#remission

Charles County Department of Emergency Services's cover photo
07/27/2020

Charles County Department of Emergency Services's cover photo

NOW HIRING!!Charles County Emergency Services, 9-1-1/Communications, is looking for a Chief of 9-1-1/Public Safety Commu...
07/16/2020

NOW HIRING!!
Charles County Emergency Services, 9-1-1/Communications, is looking for a Chief of 9-1-1/Public Safety Communications. Apply and learn more at: https://bit.ly/3h6Mnel

If you have experienced flooding in Charles County, we are encouraging residents to record and describe your flooding ev...
07/09/2020
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If you have experienced flooding in Charles County, we are encouraging residents to record and describe your flooding event(s) at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/e5452b1189624200b66d00dd62dfaa1e

Charles County Nuisance and Urban Flooding Plan
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Charles County Emergency Services
10425 Audie Lane La Plata, MD 20646
[email protected], 301-609-3429

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Please join us in welcoming Cameron Brown to our DES family. Cameron is our summer intern, working on updating and moder...
07/07/2020

Please join us in welcoming Cameron Brown to our DES family. Cameron is our summer intern, working on updating and modernizing our department webpage. She comes to us from our very own St. Charles High School and is on her way to North Carolina where she will be studying computer engineering. Welcome aboard Cameron!

The Charles County Department of Emergency Services was recognized for their commitment to helping improve out-of-hospit...
06/17/2020

The Charles County Department of Emergency Services was recognized for their commitment to helping improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival. RQI Partners and the Resuscitation Academy Foundation virtually presented the department with the "Resuscitation Trailblazer" award, which signifies Charles County’s commitment to improving telephone CPR practices and promoting mastery of high-quality CPR for EMS providers to increase cardiac arrest survival.

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06/15/2020

Charles County Government

The Charles County Department of Emergency Services was recognized for their commitment to helping improve out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival. RQI Partners and the Resuscitation Academy Foundation virtually presented the department with the "Resuscitation Trailblazer" award, which signifies Charles County’s commitment to improving telephone CPR practices and promoting mastery of high-quality CPR for EMS providers to increase cardiac arrest survival. See More Here: https://bit.ly/3fsal30

06/08/2020
Ambulance Decontamination

Please take some time to watch this demonstration on how to properly decon your Ambulance after an EMS call. As always, thank you to all of the employees taking the proper precautions to keep yourself and our citizens safe!!
https://youtu.be/QYMLHwkQNvY

NOW HIRING!!Charles County Emergency Services, 911/Communications, is looking for a Full-Time Public Safety Dispatcher I...
06/03/2020

NOW HIRING!!
Charles County Emergency Services, 911/Communications, is looking for a Full-Time Public Safety Dispatcher I. Apply and learn more at:
https://bit.ly/2xxhLS0

Dennis Welch, EMT for Charles County Government, shared how COVID-19 is impacting his life with his family. He stated, “...
06/01/2020

Dennis Welch, EMT for Charles County Government, shared how COVID-19 is impacting his life with his family. He stated, “When you are essential and haven’t seen your daughter in a long time". Thank you to all the frontline & essential workers who are risking your life and time with your families to keep citizens safe!!

NOW HIRING!!Charles County Emergency Services, Division of Animal Control, is looking for a Full-Time Animal Care Suppor...
05/27/2020

NOW HIRING!!

Charles County Emergency Services, Division of Animal Control, is looking for a Full-Time Animal Care Support Specialist. Apply and learn more at:
https://bit.ly/2xxhLS0

We have a ❤️ for animals.Our medics in Waldorf today witnessed this sweet little one get clipped by a car. They assessed...
05/23/2020

We have a ❤️ for animals.
Our medics in Waldorf today witnessed this sweet little one get clipped by a car. They assessed her and found just one rear leg sore. Animal Control had the crew take her to an emergency vet for care. Keep an eye out for her pictures should she need a furever home. She certainly had a rocky start.

In recognition of EMS Week 2020 (May 17th - 23rd) Thank you to the EMS professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 pa...
05/18/2020

In recognition of EMS Week 2020 (May 17th - 23rd) Thank you to the EMS professionals on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that the 2020 EMS Week will not be celebrated in it's normal ways, however, we're continuing to celebrate you with our "new normal", and what better quote for this year than, “ EMS Strong: Ready Today. Preparing For Tomorrow”. We all recognize that EMS professionals are on the frontlines of this pandemic everyday--planning, adapting and responding to take care of Charles County residents and the Community. For that, we THANK YOU, for all of your hardwork and dedication! Happy EMS Week!

05/12/2020
Recycling PPE

Chief of EMS, John Filer, explains how to recycle PPE. This process only applies to N95 mask, without the exhalation port, goggles and face shields. Recycling bins are located at CRMC, D1, D2, D3 and the Detention Center. Only CRMC accepts goggles and face shields.
https://youtu.be/TDNY_MO5hOQ

Chief of EMS, John Filer, explains how to recycle PPE. This process only applies to N95 mask, without the exhalation port, goggles and face shields. Recyclin...

Thank you!!
05/07/2020

Thank you!!

It's #PublicServiceRecognitionWeek! From emergency dispatchers and responders, to animal control and animal shelter services, to the False Alarm Reduction Unit and emergency management, our Charles County Department of Emergency Services works to protect the safety, health, and well-being of our community. Thank you to our staff for your dedication each day to our residents, especially during COVID-19! #PSRW #MyCharlesCounty

Another big THANK YOU to Carrie Summers (Wife of EMS LT. Joe Summers)! She is a Tupperware business leader and coordinat...
05/07/2020

Another big THANK YOU to Carrie Summers (Wife of EMS LT. Joe Summers)! She is a Tupperware business leader and coordinated “Sponsoring a Soup Mug for 1st Responders” as a way to show community support and appreciation for those on the front line. The response was unbelievable and she was able to put together 147 Soup Mug kits which were then donated to the Department of Emergency Services.

Host Jeff Duer and Chief of EMS, John Filer talk with Samantha Lane, Infection Prevention Specialist with Charles Region...
05/05/2020
COVID-19 Testing - Roll Call

Host Jeff Duer and Chief of EMS, John Filer talk with Samantha Lane, Infection Prevention Specialist with Charles Regional Medical Center about COVID-19 testing and the measures CRMC takes to prevent infections.
https://www.buzzsprout.com/171685/3620551

Host Jeff Duer and Chief of EMS, John Filer talk with Samantha Lane, Infection Prevention Specialist with Charles Regional Medical Center about COVID-19 testing and the measures CRMC takes to prevent infections.

Another huge THANK YOU, to Antioch Baptist Church of Clinton for donating 40 masks. We now have a total of 1,872 masks! ...
05/05/2020

Another huge THANK YOU, to Antioch Baptist Church of Clinton for donating 40 masks. We now have a total of 1,872 masks! Thank you everyone for your continued support during this difficult time.

This weekend, staff, friends and family helped bring one of our very own home. Marcus Paxton lit up a room whenever he e...
05/04/2020

This weekend, staff, friends and family helped bring one of our very own home. Marcus Paxton lit up a room whenever he entered and was so compassionate about everything he did. We are saddened by the loss of Marcus Paxton. Please keep the Paxton family in your thoughts and prayers and respect their privacy as they take the time that’s necessary to grieve this devastating loss. We hope you join us as we extend our deepest condolences to his entire family during this difficult time. Rest In Peace Marcus! We will truly miss you!

FREE Breakfast Sandwich for Healthcare workers & First Responders‼️ Gets yours now - May 3rd at any Dash In location.
04/30/2020

FREE Breakfast Sandwich for Healthcare workers & First Responders‼️ Gets yours now - May 3rd at any Dash In location.

Thanks to our awesome, caring residents we have collected 1,601 cloth masks for local first responders, volunteers, and ...
04/28/2020

Thanks to our awesome, caring residents we have collected 1,601 cloth masks for local first responders, volunteers, and staff 😷 The note below was left with 100 of those masks donated. We appreciate each of you and your support of our community!

Providing care in our community and reaching out to our citizens is the cornerstone of EMS in Charles County. In these C...
04/25/2020

Providing care in our community and reaching out to our citizens is the cornerstone of EMS in Charles County. In these COVID times, personal touches keep us all connected and ease the anxiety. In this heartwarming shot, our own Paramedic Herbicek-Fehn walks a citizen safely home. We are here for you and we love our clinicians!

The local first responders of Charles County showed their support today for our brave healthcare professionals at the Un...
04/24/2020

The local first responders of Charles County showed their support today for our brave healthcare professionals at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center. As a show of solidarity, public safety personnel brought a parade of apparatus through the hospital parking lot and presented the staff with a thank you banner for all of their hard work and dedication. Our partners in the trenches of the COVID-19 insurgency risk their health and lives every day to serve this community. Please take the time to thank them when you can.

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