MARYLAND - Forecasts for Hurricane Sandy are still uncertain, but it is possible that Maryland is right in its path. The Maryland Emergency Management Team is reminding residents to make an emergency plan, before the storm hits.
Officials are saying that if the storm does hit our area, it could bring 48 hours of heavy rain and strong winds. These are the kinds of conditions that lead to power outages. Ocean City and Assateague Island are expected to see higher than usual waves.
MEMA is encouraging residents to watch the forecasts and be prepared. They offer the following tips to be prepared in case Sandy hits locally.
- Prepare for possible power outages lasting several hours or even several days.
- Realize that the daytime temperatures are expected to be about 20 degrees cooler after the storm. If the power goes out, make sure you have extra blankets and appropriate clothing to deal with cooler temperatures if you power is out.
- If using a generator, make sure it is not in a basement or garage and make sure it is located a safe distance from any door, windows or ventilation systems.
- Make sure cell phones and other electronic devices are fully charged. Consider purchasing a car charger if you don't already have one.
- Secure any loose items such as yard furniture and grills outside of your house.
- Make sure you have a disaster supply kit with water, non-perishable food, a change of clothes, extra medications and any special items you might need for infants, children and pets.
- Have a battery-operated or crank powered radio available to follow news and weather reports if the power goes out.
- Stores may be crowded on Sunday; consider stocking up on essentials a day or two sooner.
- If you lose power, practice safe food handling. Several web sites can provide appropriate information.
- If you are driving in or just after heavy rains and you see standing water, do NOT drive through it. TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN.
For more preparedness information, please visit the following web sites:
MEMA Maryland - www.Mema.maryland.gov/prepared
Ready.gov - www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Hurricanes - www.hurricanes.gov