Daily Archives: May 20, 2013

Hurricane Preparedness Meeting Scheduled for May 22

DSC00234The Town of Ocean City will be hosting a meeting to discuss hurricane preparedness on Wednesday, May 22,  beginning at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall 3rd Street and Baltimore Avenue.  This meeting will present history from recent storms, preparedness information, flood insurance information and general session for questions and answers.

“The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1, 2013 and runs through November 30,” said Joe Theobald, Emergency Services Director.  “With fresh memories of the impact that Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy had on our town, state and region, it is important for citizens to get ready and be prepared.”

Ocean City Emergency Management advises individuals and families to take the following actions:

  • Consider buying flood insurance, even if you don’t live in a flood plain.
  • If your house sits in a low laying area prone to flooding consider elevating the main breakers or fuse box and utility meters.
  • Trim trees close to your home and storage sheds.
  • If you have a boat, determine where to move it in an emergency.
  • Inventory your property and put the list in a safe place.
  • Know storm surge and flooding history of your area.
  • Know the locations of local shelters, in case of an ordered evacuation.
  • Consider what you will do with your pets, pets are not allowed in shelters.
  • Individuals with special medical needs should make plans ahead of time where they could evacuate to.
  • Prepare a disaster kit in a duffel bag,backpack or covered garbage pail that you can carry easily.

The Maryland Hurricane Preparedness Guide and other general preparedness brochures are available by contacting 410-723-6650, or the Maryland Emergency Management Office at 410-517-5135 or 1-800-442-8799.



OC Public Works Director Accepted as a National Public Works Leadership Fellow

halTown of Ocean City Public Works Director, Hal O. Adkins, was recently accepted as a “Public Works Leadership Fellow” by the American Public Works Association, Donald C. Stone Center for Leadership Excellence in Public Works. This designation affirms that Adkins has attained nationwide recognition for his contributions to the Public Works profession as a senior executive.

The Donald C. Stone Center was created to meet the critical need to foster and develop leadership skills for the next generation of Public Works Executives.  Considered succession planning on a grand scale, the Center reinforces the importance in investing in the future of public works professionals through mentoring the next generation of leaders.

“For my entire career with the Town of Ocean City I’ve had a plaque that resides on my desk that reads “Lead, Follow, Or Get Out Of The Way,” said Adkins.  “For those who truly know me, they would say I live and breathe that statement.”

An induction pinning ceremony will be held in Chicago on August 26, at the annual International Public Works Congress and Exposition, at which time Adkins will be formally recognized for his achievements and contributions to the public works profession.  “In the profession of Public Works there is rarely room for wavering or error. It is of extreme importance that today’s managers recognize the need to properly train, mentor, and support the growth of the next generation of public works managers.”

Adkins, 50, started his career with the Town of Ocean City on May 28, 1984. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University Of Maryland Eastern Shore with a B.S. in Construction Management – Engineering through the Department of Industrial Education and Technology. He will complete his 29th year of service with the Town later this month.

Adkins is a native of the Eastern Shore of Maryland and currently resides in West Ocean City with his wife Alison and family. “I take great pride in the thought of someday leaving my current position of Public Works Director and having the public in general never realizing I am even gone,” Adkins continued.  “If that seamless transition occurs, I will have succeeded at one of my most important goals, succession planning through mentoring.”