Hurricane Preparedness Day, May 18

(May 17, 2013) The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1, and forecasters are predicting the season to be more active than normal, with 18 named storms and nine hurricanes, four of which are likely to be category three or higher. To help area residents prepare in advance for these potential weather related disasters, Worcester County Emergency Services, along with Ocean City Emergency Services, will host Hurricane Preparedness Day at Walmart in Berlin on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with displays and events for youth and adults.

Both the Worcester County Special Operations Trailer and the Ocean City Mobile Command Post will be on display that day, as well as apparatus from the Ocean City Beach Patrol and area police, fire and EMS agencies. WCES, OCES and Walmart officials will host an emergency preparedness scavenger hunt as well, and one lucky winner will walk away with a weather radio.

“Those participating in the scavenger hunt will receive a list of items that should be included in an emergency evacuation kit,” said Emergency Services Deputy Director Fred Webster said. “They’ll be directed into the store to find as many items on the master kit list as possible, and they’ll have to mark where they found each item. The person who finds the most items will win a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio.”

While putting together a family emergency plan may seem like a daunting task, the Family Emergency Preparedness Guide, developed by Worcester County Emergency Services, can be used to help you write this plan. This guide also contains important contact information, such as county and support agency phone numbers, television and radio stations broadcasting the Emergency Alert System. The guide is available at the Worcester County Government Center in Snow Hill and at all Worcester County branch libraries and on the county Web site at www.co.worcester.md.us.

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