September 2010 marked the seventh annual National Preparedness Month and the Joint Forces Headquarter-National Capital Region/J34 and Ft. Myer emergency manager hosted an Emergency Management EXPO on Ft. McNair, Sept. 28 to highlight Emergency Preparedness.

This awareness month is held each Sept. to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, and communities.

Coordinator of the event on McNair, Larry Krauser, Air Force civilian and emergency management specialist with the U.S. Army Military District Washington emergency preparedness branch, invited exhibitors to set up information booths as well as offer simulations, to raise interest in emergency preparedness. His efforts, along with the lure of free emergency weather radios handed out at the Army Community Service (ACS) booth, produced sizable early morning crowds.

"We were supplied with these weather radios by the Red Cross, and we hoped that people would come see our booth and learn about our services," said Carla Moss, information and referral program manager for ACS. "Soldiers are often called upon during a national emergency or natural disaster and that's where ACS can help. We provide family readiness group assistance, deployment cycle support briefings and referral services as well as many other programs for the Army community."

Exhibitors at this year's EXPO included HSEMA with their Mobile Command Post;
Ft. Myer Fire Department's fire extinguisher simulator; Pentagon Federal Credit Union with information on financial disaster preparedness; Army Community Service JBM-HH; Va. Dept. of Emergency Management; WMATA (Metro); Ft. Myer Safety; Md. Emergency Management Agency; American Red Cross; FEMA; 121WF/DCANG with a mobile weather forecasting unit and the Andrews AFB Family Support Center.

"This is an awesome way to learn about Emergency Preparedness," said Kerry Fray, Air Force civilian with the Washington Headquarters Service. "Getting to Ft. McNair was easy, and the information is great for everyone to keep on hand."

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