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Friday, August 30, 2013


Opportunities for ESL teachers to work with the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)

Opportunities for ESL teachers to work with the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)
 
The role of OEMHS is to ensure that residents in the county stay safe by preparing for, responding to, and recovering after an emergency has taken place. OEMHS educates the public about hazards within the county and the best way to prepare for them.
 
In order to promote a new initiative of reaching out to non-native and non-English speakers, the Montgomery County OEMHS is hoping to work with ESL instructors in a variety of ways.
 
Interested groups can choose from the following ways to work with OEMHS:
1-      Utilize and adapt already prepared lesson plans and powerpoints on emergency preparedness to greater educate those residing in the county. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xeq34hqp19f36y8/-111GAzwRr or Emergency Preparedness PowerPoint
 
2-      Attend a training held by OEMHS (date to be determined) to learn about emergency preparedness (including hazards in the county, actions to take in emergency situations, and individual preparedness) to be better informed. Instructors can then use their own unique ways to convey this information to students.
 
3-      An OEMHS staff member can come to ESL courses and teach the information.
 
4-      Request preparedness materials from OEMHS (brochures, flyers, etc).
 
Questions can be directed to Becky Zorn, OEMHS Outreach Coordinator at 240-777-2203 or becky.zorn@montgomerycountymd.gov . Preparedness information is available in brochures in English, Spanish, French, and Chinese. One page flyers are available in a wider range of languages.
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