Montgomery County Officials Identify Changes One Year After Silver Spring Tragedy (VIDEO)

The tragic loss of seven lives in Silver Spring  continues to teach Montgomery County officials lessons about what to do when a catastrophe strikes. An auditor’s report in February made 14 recommendations based on what was learned from the deadly natural gas explosion last August 10 at the Flower Branch Apartments. MyMCMedia’s Phyllis Armstrong reports the agencies that saved lives and helped survivors are evaluating their efforts and planning some changes to better prepare for disasters.

September is National Preparedness Month.  Montgomery County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security has information on its website that will help you and your family plan for a natural disaster or an unexpected crisis. Check the Extras on MyMCMedia’s Related Posts for information about new housing code enforcement and upcoming emergency planning drills for county employees. You can also hear Councilmember Tom Hucker’s comments on the National Transportation Safety Board report on the explosion that is expected to be released soon.

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Phyllis Armstrong

About Phyllis Armstrong

Phyllis Armstrong is a multimedia journalist with more than 30 years of experience in writing, reporting and broadcasting. She covered a wide range of news interests and issues as a general assignment reporter for WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C. from 1984 to 2009. Phyllis has continued to produce feature stories about local restaurants, culinary professionals and minority achievers for several online publications. Cooking, reading and Tai Chi are among are favorite things to do.


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