Early child­hood event seeks lo­cal in­volve­ment

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The Charles County Early Child­hood Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil is ask­ing lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als to par­tic­i­pate in the 2016 Early Child­hood Day. This event will be held at 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Satur­day, Aug. 6, at the Cap­i­tal Club­house, 3033 Wal­dorf Mar­ket­place. Ex­hibitors are in­vited to pro­vide age-ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tiv­i­ties for chil­dren between birth and five years of age.

All ex­hibitors will have their names printed on the event pro­gram guide. An ad­ver­tis­ing or ex­hibitor dis­play is $35 if reg­is­tered by Mon­day, July 11. Dis­play spa­ces af­ter this date cost $50, and do not in­clude ta­bles.

Spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties are avail­able, rang­ing from sil­ver to gold lev­els. Spon­sors are rec­og­nized in se­lect ad­ver­tis­ing. Spon­sor­ship reg­is­tra­tion dead­line is Mon­day, July 11.

Ex­hibitor and spon­sor reg­is­tra­tion in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line at www. CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact D. Mia Gray, at 301-388-5133 or ear­ly­child­hood­day@gmail.com.

County TV sta­tion to be off air next week

Charles County Gov­ern­ment Tele­vi­sion (CCGTV), which broad­casts on Com­cast chan­nel 95 and Ver­i­zon chan­nel 10, will be off air from Mon­day, May 23, through Fri­day, May 27, due to sched­uled equip­ment re­place­ment and up­grades. Meet­ings nor­mally tele­vised live dur­ing the week will be recorded and avail­able for on­line view­ing within 48 hours. To ac­cess the CCGTV dig­i­tal li­brary, go to www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/me­dia-ser­vices/CCGTV/CCGTV and click on the “CCGTV Dig­i­tal Li­brary” link.

CCGTV ca­ble ac­cess chan­nel broad­casts county com­mis­sioner, plan­ning com­mis­sion, board of ap­peals, board of fire and res­cue, and liquor board meet­ings; re­broad­casts of taped meet­ings; bul­letin board no­tices of county events; and in­for­ma­tional pro­gram­ming high­light­ing county ser­vices and pro­grams.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the sched­uled off-air pe­riod, con­tact Kim Dye, sta­tion man­ager, at DyeK@CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov or 301-645-0728. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-735-2258.

Pre­pare for up­com­ing hur­ri­cane sea­son

Mary­land Hur­ri­cane Pre­pared­ness Week is May 15-21 this year. Pre­pare for the At­lantic hur­ri­cane sea­son that be­gins June 1 and lasts un­til Nov. 30. Hur­ri­cane haz­ards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tor­na­does, and flood­ing. Prepa­ra­tion is the best pro­tec­tion against the dan­gers of a hur­ri­cane.Take the time to­day to en­sure you and your fam­ily are ready for all hur­ri­cane and se­vere storm dis­as­ters.

Watch vs. warn­ing: A hur­ri­cane watch means hur­ri­cane con­di­tions are a threat within 48 hours. Re­view your hur­ri­cane plans, keep in­formed, and be ready to act if a warn­ing is is­sued. A hur­ri­cane warn­ing means hur­ri­cane con­di­tions are ex­pected within 36 hours. Com­plete your storm prepa­ra­tions and leave the area if di­rected by au­thor­i­ties. How to pre­pare: • Pre­pare an emer­gency kit that con­tains: a three-day sup­ply of wa­ter (one gal­lon per per­son per day); a three­day sup­ply of non-per­ish­able food; a bat­ter y-pow­ered ra­dio and bat­ter­ies; flash­light with ex­tra bat­ter­ies; first aid kit; med­i­ca­tions and med­i­cal items; toi­letries and per­sonal hy­giene items; cell phone and charg­ers, fam­ily and emer­gency con­tact in­for­ma­tion; ex­tra cash; and baby/ pet sup­plies.

• De­velop a fam­ily com­mu­ni­ca­tion plan. Know how you will con­tact one an­other and re­con­nect if sep­a­rated.

• Trim trees and shrubs around your home so they are more wind re­sis­tant, clear loose and clogged rain gut­ters and drain spouts, con­sider in­stalling a gen­er­a­tor for emer­gen­cies.

What to do when a hur­ri­cane is ap­proach­ing:

• Check emer­gency kit and re­place or re­stock as needed.

• Bring in loose items that can be picked up by the wind (bi­cy­cles, lawn fur­ni­ture, etc.). • Close win­dows and doors. • Turn off propane tank. • Fill car’s gas tank. • Lis­ten to a NOAA weather ra­dio for crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion from the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice.

• Obey evac­u­a­tion or­ders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

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