Town of Ocean City advising citizens to prepare for Hurricane Sandy
Ocean City Emergency Services is continuing to monitor the projected path of Hurricane Sandy. Currently, the storm is expected to be in the Ocean City area during the evening hours of Sunday, October 28, and is projected to last through Tuesday, October 30. High winds and large amounts of rain are likely, which may lead to flooding and possible power outages.
The Town of Ocean City reminds residents, businesses and visitors to make plans in advance to prepare for the possible effects of Hurricane Sandy. In addition, it’s important for citizens to stay informed by following weather forecasts over the next several days to learn more about the possible path of Hurricane Sandy. Activities to prepare include:
- 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.
During the storm, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on various websites, social media outlets and through the GovDelivery system. In an effort to keep citizens informed with the most updated and accurate information, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on the following outlets:
- Town of Ocean City Alerts via GovDelivery: subscribe to GovDelivery, visit the “City Wide Alerts” tab on the Town of Ocean City’s website at http://oceancitymd.gov/.
- Town of Ocean City Access Channels 4 & 15
- Emergency Management Hotline: 410-723-6666
- Town of Ocean City website: www.oceancitymd.gov
- AM 1670 Advisory Radio Station
For more information regarding storm preparedness, please visit: http://www.ready.gov/