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County Executive John R. Leopold Announces the Start of National Hurricane Preparedness Week Hurricane Season Begins June 1

Annapolis, Maryland (May 31, 2012) - Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold today announced that Anne Arundel County is proud to join and promote the 2012 National Hurricane Preparedness Week and Be a Force of Nature to help spread the word to citizens of how to best prepare for hurricanes and other natural disasters.

With hurricane season upon us, I urge everyone to prepare their homes and families for upcoming severe weather, said Mr. Leopold. In addition to our first responders and the Office of Emergency Management, citizens are key to ensuring their families are safe during natural disasters. Now is the time to make appropriate plans and assemble emergency supply kits.

Hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and continues through November 30th. This is the first year that a tropical storm has formed before the start of the season, and we are already on our second named storm. It is important that everyone be aware of the risks and take steps now to prepare before severe weather strikes.

It is recommended that citizens should assemble disaster supply kits to include at a minimum the following items: 1 gallon of water per person to last at least three days, non-perishable food supply for at least three days, battery or crank powered weather radio and extra batteries, flashlight, first aid kit, and required prescription medication. Disaster supplies should also include special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members and pets.

For more information on how to prepare for hurricanes visit the Office of Emergency Managements website: http://www.aacounty.org/OEM/index.cfm. Additional information is available at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/hu_before.shtm and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) www.ready.gov/hurricanes.


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