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Residents of Anne Arundel County Urged to Prepare Now

Governor Larry Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Florence
Residents of Anne Arundel County Urged to Prepare Now

(September 11, 2018) - After Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Florence, residents of Anne Arundel County should prepare now for potential effects from the storm.  The executive order will allow the state to more efficiently coordinate support and provide assistance to local jurisdictions within Maryland and neighboring states.

"We are still not certain of the storm’s path, but we are preparing for any possible outcome,” said County Executive Steve Schuh “We urge our residents to take every precaution. Stay tuned to your local news stations for the latest updates, listen to any instructions we may provide."

Weather forecasters have indicated that there is the potential for life-threatening conditions, including catastrophic flooding as well as high winds and dangerous conditions in our waterways. Current forecasts indicate that torrential rains, tropical storm force winds, and tidal flooding/storm surge could impact the area beginning as early as Thursday.

The state of emergency allows the movement of critical resources to local jurisdictions that need them, like the Maryland National Guard. It also allows Maryland to receive assistance from other states as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. This compact serves as the cornerstone of the nation's mutual aid system and offers assistance and aid during states of emergency through member states.

“A state of emergency is a good indicator that residents should remain alert and follow
officials’ orders, news stations, and weather forecasts in order to be informed of the situation,” said County Executive Steve Schuh

For more information, residents can go to Facebook: Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management or on Twitter: AACO Emergency Mgmt.

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