safety

October 12, 2021 | Rosa Pyo

Montgomery County Commission for Women to Host Self Defense Workshops

Women of all ages can enroll in an introductory self-defense seminar hosted by the Montgomery County Commission for Women. The self-defense awareness and familiarization exchange event, also known as S.A.F.E., takes place over zoom for a fee of $10. The class focuses on reducing safety risks and physical defense. The seminar also teaches Rape, Aggression, […]

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October 6, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Walk to School Day Encourages Safe Routes and Practices for Students, Drivers

International Walk to School Day encourages students to walk or bike to school and promotes safe practices and routes. Students at Summit Hall Elementary School in Gaithersburg arrived to a lively Walk to School Day event Wednesday morning. Montgomery County leaders, fire/rescue personnel and playful mascots interacted with children while promoting safe travel to school. […]

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August 27, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

County Pushes ‘Walking School Bus’ Program as Alternative to Cars and Buses

With Montgomery County’s push to eliminate serious and fatal collisions by 2030, and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) still in need of about 100 bus drivers, the Department of Transportation is encouraging families and neighbors to become a Walking School Bus. A Walking School Bus is a parent or guardian-organized effort, much like a carpool, […]

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August 4, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

After Pandemic Cancellation Last Year, Police and Residents Connect In-Person for National Night Out

Montgomery County leaders and public safety officials joined residents at neighborhood events Tuesday for National Night Out. The annual event is meant for police to connect with residents and for leaders to encourage community relationships with law enforcement. Residents could also learn about crime prevention and other safety information or about county resources like COVID-19 […]

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August 4, 2021 | Joshua Casazza

Small Earthquake Shakes Parts of Maryland

The U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Center reported a small earthquake early Wednesday morning in Howard County. The 2.1-magnitude earthquake occurred near Clarksville, Md. around 2:11 a.m. Some Montgomery County residents took to the neighborhood app Nextdoor to see if anyone besides them felt the vibration. A resident in White Oak wrote, “Did anyone hear what […]

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July 13, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Issues Another Hyperthermia Alert for Tuesday

Montgomery County is under a Hyperthermia Alert on Tuesday until 7 p.m. The county also issued the alert yesterday and several days over the past two weeks. “It’s going to be a pre-hydrate, hydrate and re-hydrate type of week,” Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer wrote on Twitter. As of about 11:30 […]

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July 12, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Under Hyperthermia Alert Monday 

Montgomery County has issued a Hyperthermia Alert until 7 p.m. Monday. The alert is sent when temperatures/heat index is forecast to be at least 95 degrees. The county says this creates a “hazardous situation in which heat-stroke and heat exhaustion are likely.” Emergency Management and Homeland Security cautions residents to stay hydrated and take measures […]

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July 7, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Montgomery County Issues Hyperthermia Alert Wednesday

Montgomery County is under a Hyperthermia Alert from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday. The county issues the alert when temperatures/heat index is forecast to be at least 95 degrees. This creates a “hazardous situation in which heat-stroke and heat exhaustion are likely,” according to the county.  A Hyperthermia Alert was also issued Tuesday as well as […]

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June 17, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

County Launches ’20 is Plenty’ Pilot Program to Reduce Speed Limit on Select Roads

Montgomery County leaders on Thursday launched a new pilot program called “20 is Plenty” to reduce the speed limit on select roads to 20 miles per hour. The program is intended to help improve road safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. The five pilot roads are in North Bethesda, Germantown and Long Branch. They are: […]

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April 23, 2021 | Maryam Shahzad

Leaders Announce Joint Initiative to Address Student Safety and Wellbeing 

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich joined local leaders Friday to announce the interagency “Reimagining School Safety and Students’ Well-Being Initiative,” which aims to reshape public safety in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and provides social and mental support to students. A steering committee will lead discussion and implementation of recommendations for reimagining safety and mental […]

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