Anne Arundel County Urges Citizens to Prepare for Inclement Weather
Annapolis, MD (October 2, 2015) - County Executive Steve Schuh today urged citizens to prepare for possible inclement weather this weekend.
“Citizens should take steps to prepare as county departments mobilize to maintain services in the event of a serious weather event," said Schuh. “We encourage everyone to stay informed.”
Citizens can stay updated and "like" Facebook pages listed at www.aacounty.org, including the Office of Emergency Management. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed to receive updates on your smart phone.
Here are some useful tips for citizens to prepare in event of a major storm:
- Have a plan to shelter in place for 72 hours or evacuate
- Update your supply kit with water (gallon per person per day), non-perishable food, fresh batteries and flashlight, radio, medications, and special need supplies for babies, elderly, and pets.
- Fill your gas tanks in vehicles.
- Fill all prescriptions.
- Have cash available.
- Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
- Ensure your generator is safely accessible outside your home; a bicycle lock can be placed to secure your generator.
- Secure your home by closing shutters, and securing outdoor objects or bringing them inside.
- In a power outage, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage, it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Sanitize and fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
For all emergencies, information will be released on local TV stations (WBAL TV (NBC), WMAR TV (ABC), WJZ TV (CBS), WBFF TV (FOX), radio stations (WNAV 1430 AM, WYRE 810 AM, WYPR 88.1 FM, El Zol 99.1 FM, WFSI 107.9 FM, WBAL 1090 AM), and Anne Arundel County’s Community TV station Channel 98.
For information or non-emergency (life safety) help calls please call 410-222-0600.