States of Emergency are being declared up and down the east coast as local governments and residents prepare for Hurricane Irene. In Harford Co., County Executive David R. Craig declared a State of Emergency, effective Aug. 26, as did Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake.
All county-owned facilities, including Parks & Recreation facilities are closed and will remain closed until further notice. Be advised that this includes boat launching ramps that are owned by the county.
Harford County Government and the Department of Social Services will be opening an emergency shelter on Saturday at noon at Patterson Mill High School (85 Patterson Mill Road, Bel Air). The shelter is available to any citizen who feels as though they are not safe in their homes. Representatives from many county agencies, including Animal Control, will be on hand to meet citizens’ needs.
The Harford County Information Hotline (410-838-5800) will be operating beginning at 7:00 AM Saturday. The hotline is available to answer citizens’ questions before, during, and after the storm, and to relay timely emergency status information.
County residents who own boats that are docked in a body of water are advised that the National Weather Service is expecting Harford County waterways to be subject to large, battering waves. Boat owners who have not already done so should take appropriate action as soon as possible.
“Hurricane Irene is a significant storm, and citizens should know that we are taking our preparations very seriously,” stated County Executive David R. Craig. “Our Emergency Operations Center will be staffed with representatives of all county departments, state agencies, law enforcement, fire & EMS, and other emergency management professionals. While we cannot do anything to prevent the storm, we can take steps to lessen its impacts through preparedness, effective coordination, and quick action.”
“Citizens should prepare by reviewing their storm survival plan and restock any needed food, water or other supplies to get them through the storm. In addition, citizens should remove any potential hazards such as debris that could become projectiles in high winds, or that could block storm drains and cause flooding.”
“Finally, those residents who will use generators should make sure that there is adequate ventilation so that they are not exposing themselves or their families to deadly carbon monoxide,” County Executive Craig added.
For additional storm preparedness tips, go to the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations website at www.harfordpublicsafety.org and click on “Surviving the Storm” icon.
Mayor Rawlings-Blake Declares State of Emergency for Baltimore
And yesterday in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officially declared a State of Emergency for Baltimore in order to ensure comprehensive preparations for Hurricane Irene and to help allow for future federal reimbursement of potential storm costs.
Earlier in the day, Mayor Rawlings-Blake participated in a White House conference call with President Barack Obama, homeland security officials, and other east coast local and state leaders. Mayor Rawlings-Blake said she “has been assured that that federal government is fully prepared to provide additional resources and support to cities and states that may be affected by the storm.”
At noon yesterday, the Baltimore City Department of Transportation encouraged residents in Southeast and South Baltimore located in low-lying areas to relocate vehicles to higher elevations. Mayor Rawlings-Blake ordered the opening of free, designated parking facilities for residents who need to relocate vehicles from low-lying areas.
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All Residents should take these steps to prepare for severe weather:
- Have an emergency kit, including a three-day supply of water, battery operated AM/FM radio, and a flashlight.
- Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations, and listen for instructions from City officials.
- Have a personal or family plan to shelter-in-place or evacuate if told to do so.
- Batten down any loose items, and secure property as best as possible.
- Clear outdoor storm drains near their property to prevent flooding during heavy rains.
- Report blocked storm drains and downed trees to 311.
- Dial (877) 778-2222 to report power outages.
- Do not DRIVE on flooded roads or PARK in flood-prone areas.
- Stay informed. Monitor the storm on local TV and radio stations, and listen for updates from City officials.
- Citizens who live along streams or in places that are subject to flooding are especially urged to stay alert and to be prepared to move their vehicles or evacuate.
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