County to Distribute

Emergency Planning Kits

The Prince George's County Health Department will launch its emergency preparedness campaign, "Pack, Plan, Practice," and distribute free emergency-preparedness starter kits Saturday at eight locations. The program is designed to stress the importance of planning for emergencies, and to help the county's 800,000 residents prepare for natural disasters, inclement weather and terrorist attacks by giving them information and resources to simplify emergency planning. The kits contain durable bags for emergency essentials, a detailed brochure, wallet cards, a reminder refrigerator magnet and a preparedness checklist. They will be available at the following sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday: Boulevard at the Capital Center Food Court, Capital Center Boulevard and Arena Drive, Largo; Bowie Town Center Food Court, 15606 Emerald Way, Bowie; Home Depot, 1505 Hampton Park Blvd., Capitol Heights; Clinton Hardware, 9005 Woodyard Rd., Clinton; Home Depot, 4800 Cherry Hill Rd., College Park; Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt; Laurel Mall Center Court, 14828 Baltimore Ave., Laurel; and Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover. For more information about emergency planning, call the Health Department at 301-883-7879 or TDD 301-883-7877.

Starbucks Sponsoring

Children's Book Drive

Starbucks Corp. is renewing its annual "All Books for Children Book Drive." New and gently used children's books may be dropped off this month at any of the chain's Washington area locations. Donations made at stores in Prince George's will go to the Prince George's County Memorial Library System. To find a store near you, go to the "store locator" part of the Web site at

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER