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County Executive Laura Neuman Announces the Start of National Hurricane Preparedness Week

Publish Date: 05/31/2013

Hurricane Season Begins June 1

Annapolis (May 31, 2013) - Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman
today announced that Anne Arundel County is proud to promote the 2013
National Hurricane Preparedness Week 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 County Executive
Neuman.  “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.    Last year many residents experienced property damage
as a result of El Derecho and Superstorm Sandy.   It is important for
citizens to 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 Management’s website:  Additional
information is available at the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Anne Arundel County also has an Emergency Mass Notification System
called CodeRED.  This system uses phone numbers from Verizon’s
database and matches it to landline phones in the County.  For citizens
who not longer use a landline phone the Office of Emergency Management
encourages them to visit their website to register their cell phone and
email information on the CodeRED page.

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