County Declares State Of Emergency

| February 5, 2010 | 1 Comment

From the County Executive’s Office:

County Executive John R. Leopold has
declared a State of Emergency as a major storm begins to pass through
the area.

“With the worst of the storm expected in the early hours of Saturday
morning, I am urging residents to stay off the roads because they will
be treacherous,” County Executive Leopold said.  “Preparations are
being made to open a shelter at Annapolis High School equipped with a
generator for citizens and pets if the need arises.  Our Department of
Public Works crews will be working around the clock throughout the
weekend to treat and plow our roads.”

Declaring a State of Emergency is important when seeking disaster
reimbursement from the federal government.  County Government will close
at 3 p.m., and all County activities and facilities will be closed on
Saturday, February 5.

The National Weather Service is calling for 18 to 24 inches of snow
between this afternoon and Saturday night.  Tonight the temperature will
be around 28 degrees, with winds of 17 and 24 mph and gusts as high as
36 mph.

Please observe the following safety tips:

●       Stay home unless absolutely necessary.
●       Have vehicles properly winterized and equipped with snow tires

or chains. Carry a “survival kit” in your vehicle consisting of
blankets, candles, matches, non- perishable foods,
drinking water, protective clothing, traction material and a shovel.
Eliminate all non-essential travel during storms.  Maintain a full tank
of gas if travel during adverse weather is absolutely necessary.
●       Ensure the proper operation of home emergency equipment such as

battery-operated radios, flashlights, emergency heating sources, smoke
detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers.  We
recommend that you do not use candles in the event of a power outage.
●       Make sure furnaces, wood burning stoves and fireplaces have been

checked for safe operation and have had the chimneys cleaned.  Always
dispose of fireplace ashes in an approved metal container, do not put
ashes in a plastic/paper bag or other unapproved container.
●       Have a supply of non-perishable food/water for use in

emergencies and keep an adequate supply of medications and baby supplies
on hand, if needed.
●       Plan precautions to prevent water pipes from freezing during

periods of intense cold, such as proper insulation of pipes or draining
water from exposed pipes.  As a last resort, maintain minimum water flow
to prevent freezing.
●       Be aware that heavier than normal snows may cause leaks and

collapse weakened or small structures such as sheds or other
outbuildings.
●       Residents/owners should ensure that gutters and roof drains are

clear to ensure the removal of water from roof areas.
●       Be alert to storm WATCHES or WARNINGS issued by the National

Weather Service and broadcast by local radio and television stations.

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