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.