Make a plan. Build a kit. Help each other.
That’s what Baltimore residents did on April 22, 2014 at the Annual Sustainability Town Hall. Mayor Rawlings-Blake welcomed the event’s attendees, which included residents from all over the City, as well as City Council members and key partners who are helping Baltimore be more resilient.
As attendees arrived at the Humanim American Brewery Building in East Baltimore, they were asked to describe their level of preparedness before heading upstairs to enjoy some delicious food while participating in a number of activities.
Attendees were guided by green arrows on the floor. They first learned about some of the hazards which threaten the City of Baltimore, and attendees were then given assistance as they filled out their own FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN (visit the Get Prepared pages of this website to download a PDF of the plan template!).
With their family emergency plan filled in, attendees proceeded to stuff a bag full of free items for their EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KIT; supplies included flashlights and batteries, crank-powered radios, fans, face masks, waste baggies, can openers, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, a SAFE/NEED HELP WINDOW SIGN (see the Get Prepared pages of this site!), and more!
With their plans and their kits, attendees could walk around the floor to learn about how City partners are helping Baltimore become more resilient, and about what Baltimore’s residents can do to HELP EACH OTHER. When all that was done, attendees could browse the 2013 Annual Sustainability Report, get on film talking about their experiences with hazards, and contribute a post-it to the sustainability and resiliency wall!
Children who attended were invited to participate in some fun activities in the “Kids Zone”—including food art, planting seeds, coloring in hazards drawings, a disaster supply memory match game, and a fun round of Pin the Gear on the Turtle.
What turtle, you ask?
At the Town Hall, the Baltimore Office of Sustainability had the pleasure of introducing residents to Baltimore’s new turtle friend, a champion of resiliency and sustainability!
If you couldn’t join us for the April 22nd event, you can read about it in this Baltimore Sun article on the Annual Sustainability Town Hall! Or, if you’re interested in hosting a similar event in your own neighborhood, check out the Make a Plan. Build a Kit. Help Each Other—Small Neighborhood Meetings page to learn more!