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Hurricane Florence Preparedness

As Hurricane Florence moves towards the East Coast, the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring the situation and posting updates on the

Office’s social media accounts. Follow the Office of Emergency Management on Facebook at Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management and on Twitter at AACO Emergency Mgmt.


"Taking the proper cautions before a storm hits can help avoid property damage or injury," said County Executive Steve Schuh. "I am encouraging every Anne Arundel County resident to begin preparing now for the effects of Hurricane Florence”.


Preparedness Steps:


  • Have a plan to shelter-in-place for 72 hours or evacuate.
  • Update your supply kit with water (one 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 vehicles’ gas tanks.
  • Refill 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.
  • Prior to a power outage, turn your refrigerator and freezer thermostats to the coldest settings and keep the 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 is available for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Sanitize and fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.


Additional preparedness information can be obtained at


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 concerns, please call 410-222-0600.

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