Harford County to Host Free Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training

Harford Emergency Classes

The Harford County Department of Emergency Services (DES) is hosting a series of free Citizen Emergency Preparedness Training Courses beginning next month.

In order to help citizens feel more prepared in a wide-range of potential disasters and emergencies, Harford County has developed the Prepare Because You Care (PBYC) citizen training class.

From Harford County’s website:

Prepare Because You Care (PBYC) 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.

Each PBYC offering consists of four classes (one class per week for four consecutive weeks). Each class begins at 7 PM and ends at approximately 9 PM. 

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 PBYC!

Persons interested in registering for Prepare Because You Care must be at least 18 years old.  For younger attendees who are interested in attending, a parent, close relative, or guardian will need to sign a consent form on the first day of class.

The next PBYC class will be held at the Harford County Government Building beginning Wednesday, February 5, and continuing each Wednesday evening through February 26.

For more information on the classes, or to sign up, visit Harford County’s website.