CAMDEN — Camden Public Library will present the Midcoast Medical Reserve Corps and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an online workshop that will introduce concepts from the OPEN program, Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. The program is designed to teach participants how to identify risks, locate resources, and take disaster preparedness actions. Individuals, community-based nonprofits, service groups, and businesses of all kinds are invited to learn the strategies and general principles for preparedness. The registration link for this free online program can be found on the library’s “What’s Happening” events calendar at

“From the 9/11 anniversary to tropical storms and wildfires, there has been a lot in the news lately about challenges that arise when areas are hit with emergency situations,” says Julia Pierce, Programs Coordinator at the library. “September is Disaster Preparedness Month — an ideal time to empower our community with these lessons.”

Representatives from FEMA will be focusing on three fundamental areas in this workshop: understanding risks, mitigating risks, and establishing a communications plan. These foundational concepts can be broadly applied, enabling everyone to be more prepared and resilient.

The presentation will be conducted by Arlene Magoon, FEMA Region I individual and community preparedness officer, and Jed Fiato, a regional preparedness liaison supporting the Individual and Community Preparedness Division in FEMA Region 1.