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Montgomery County Emergency Operation Center's Safety Tips

 

 

As Hurricane Irene approaches, Montgomery County's Emergency Operation Center and all surrounding emergency center's are urging residents to be prepared for the potential of heavy rains, high winds and coastal flooding.

Hurricane Safety Tips from Montgomery County's Emergency Operation Center

As Hurricane Irene approaches, Montgomery County's Emergency Operation Center and all surrounding emergency center's are urging residents to be prepared for the potential of heavy rains, high winds and coastal flooding.

"We think it's important that the citizens be prepared. Make sure you have a go-kit: a flashlight, batteries, important documents,prescription medicines, a full tank of gas, and cash (low bills). It's also very important to stay informed and have a plan with your family," explained Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security's Director Chris Voss.

O'Malley Issues State Of Emergency In Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) -- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has issued a state of emergency in Maryland on Thursday due to Hurricane Irene.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell also declared a state of emergency on Thursday.

Read O'Malley's declaration here in PDF format.

Ocean City's mayor earlier announced a mandatory evacuation for the town.

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Irene?

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Irene?

 

 

The National Weather Service predicts Hurricane Irene will start impacting the east coast as early as Friday, August 26th bringing torrential rains and damaging high winds.  In preparation for this extreme weather, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (www.pwcgov.org/fire) would like to remind citizens that planning ahead is the key in increasing one’s chances of survival during an emergency.  By following a few simple and low-cost steps you can prepare and protect your family, business, neighborhood and community when emergencies and disasters arise.

Before the storm hits:

Check emergency equipment and supplies.

Have non-perishable food and drinking water on hand for family and pets.

Clear loose or clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

Tornado Watch in Effect

From the Office of the Chief of Police:

The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for Montgomery County effective immediately until 8 pm tonight. Atmospheric conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadic development. 
  
Be prepared. Tornadoes can form from severe thunderstorms with little or no advanced warning. Know your safe room in your home, at school, and at work.  If driving and a tornado is spotted, leave your car immediately and move to shelter or a low lying area. Do not use highway overpasses as shelters. Remain alert for the issuance of warnings.  

Wind Knocks Out Power, Causes Serious Damage

Wind Knocks Out Power, Causes Serious Damage

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Wind gusts knocked down trees and wires, knocked out power, and blew roofs off in the DC metro area Friday.

O'Malley Supports Fines Against Utilities for Extended Outages

O'Malley Supports Fines Against Utilities for Extended Outages

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) -- In the wake of a winter storm that left many Pepco customers in the dark for up to five days, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said he will support legislation to fine utilities and rebate money to customers in the future.

"You'd think by this point they'd have better systems in place," O'Malley said. "It really underscores why it is we need reliability legislation so that there are some financial incentives and financial penalties in place."

Meanwhile, Pepco crews and contractors continued work Monday to restore power to the last of the customers without electricity.

"We have people here now who watch the weather and start making hotel reservations," said North Bethesda resident Bob Schultz whose condo development saw outages that continued into Monday morning. "We have no expectation that we're going to have good electric service."