Town of Ocean City moves to second phase of Emergency Plan

News Release

Town of Ocean City, Maryland




For immediate release      Media contact:  Jessica Waters, Communications Manager

October 28, 2012       9:56 a.m.     (o) 410-289-8967 (c)443-235-2650


Town of Ocean City implementing Phase II of Emergency Operations Plan


With Hurricane Sandy’s arrival approaching, the Town of Ocean City is implanting Phase II of the Emergency Operations Plan. Due to the severe flooding which is expected during the storm, a mandatory evacuation of all residents in the downtown area (south of 17th Street) has been issued and is effective immediately.  All residents in these areas must evacuate before 8 p.m. today, October 28.  In addition, a voluntary evacuation order is in place for residents and occupants of known low lying areas.


Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan has declared a local State of Emergency, issuing an order to close the beach to all persons until further notices. In addition, the inlet lot will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. and will not reopen for the duration of the storm, which is expected to last two to three days.


Worcester County is expected to open shelters beginning at 1 p.m. today, October 28.  The Town of Ocean City will utilize the municipal transportation system for relocation of people with special needs and will provide a pick-up location at the Convention Center to relocate people to the designated shelters beginning at 1 p.m.


During the storm, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on various websites, social media outlets, through the GovDelivery system and the television access channel.  Citizens are asked to tune into Ocean City’s Government Access Channel (4 & 15) for further detailed information or advisories.  To subscribe to GovDelivery, visit the “City Wide Alerts” tab on the Town of Ocean City’s website at

The next scheduled update is expected at approximately 12 p.m. today October 28.

Ann McGinnis Hillyer
Ann McGinnis Hillyer
Ann has been with StateVentures since 1999. She graduated from Duke University, but still loves Maryland -- despite their withdrawal from the ACC. She has worked in marketing and strategic planning for decades, starting with an airline out of Dulles Airport. She moved from Annapolis to Berlin, MD to be closer to Ocean City. She She is based in Berlin, Maryland and can help any client build more business. She loves a camera and any excuse to use it. She also loves fishing and being out on a boat. Ann has two cool children who love the ocean as much as she does. Contact info:; 410-703-1970

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