SMECO warns to pre­pare for po­ten­tial out­ages this week­end

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With the po­ten­tial heavy rains and high winds fac­ing South­ern Mary­land this week­end, area res­i­dents are urged to take steps to pre­pare for pos­si­ble weather-re­lated power out­ages. South­ern Mary­land Elec­tric Co­op­er­a­tive (SMECO) is mon­i­tor­ing weather fore­casts, and co-op crews are pre­pared to re­store power if out­ages oc­cur.

Ac­cord­ing to SMECO spokesman Tom Den­ni­son, “When­ever weather sys­tems are ex­pected in our area, SMECO per­son­nel pre­pare to re­spond to out­ages that may re­sult from fall­ing trees and flood­ing. If cus­tomers need to re­port a power out­age, they can call 1-877-74-SMECO (1-877747-6326). They can also go on­line to our web­site,, or use SMECO’s text mes­sag­ing ser­vice. The SMECO 24/7 free mo­bile app will al­low cus­tomers to re­port an out­age, view our out­age map, or make a pay­ment. We en­cour­age cus­tomers to down­load the app or reg­is­ter for the tex­ting ser­vice be­fore bad weather hits.”

Cus­tomer-mem­bers can get more in­for­ma­tion about the app and text mes­sag­ing ser­vice on SMECO’s web­site at

SMECO’s out­age restora­tion pol­icy is to make re­pairs that will re­store ser­vice to the most peo­ple in the least amount of time. Transmission lines and sub­sta­tions are re­paired first, fol­lowed by dis­tri­bu­tion lines that feed neigh­bor­hoods. Tap lines and in­di­vid­ual ser­vice lines are then re­paired to re­store power to cus­tomers who may still be with­out elec­tric­ity.

The fol­low­ing is a list of help­ful tips for cus­tomers:

• If some­one in your house­hold de­pends on elec­tric­ity to op­er­ate life sup­port sys­tems, make plans for al­ter­nate sources of power or al­ter­nate lodg­ing.

• If you plan to use a por­ta­ble gen­er­a­tor, use ex­ten­sion cords to con­nect what you want to power di­rectly to the gen­er­a­tor. Place your gen­er­a­tor out­side, not in an at­tic, crawl space, or base­ment. Car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing is deadly. Make sure your gen­er­a­tor is con­nected safely; a gen­er­a­tor that is not con­nected safely can cause se­ri­ous in­jury or death. When your power comes back on, turn off and dis­con­nect your gen­er­a­tor im­me­di­ately.

• Keep flash­lights and fresh bat­ter­ies on hand. Lanterns and can­dles are not rec­om­mended be­cause they can cause fires.

• Never touch downed power lines or at­tempt to re­move trees from power lines. Con­tact with live lines may re­sult in se­ri­ous in­jury or death. Let qual­i­fied SMECO crews han­dle the clear­ing and re­pair work. Please re­port downed power lines to SMECO im­me­di­ately by call­ing 1-888-4403311.

• Stock non­per­ish­able foods and keep a man­ual can opener handy. The ideal choices are foods that re­quire no cook­ing, such as fruit, canned tuna, peanut but­ter, crack­ers, ce­re­als, ce­real bars, canned soup, and bread.

• Do not stock your re­frig­er­a­tor or freezer with foods that may per­ish dur­ing a power out­age.

• If you plan to use a char­coal or gas grill for cook­ing, keep the grill out­doors.

• If your wa­ter at home is sup­plied by a well, store ex­tra wa­ter in clean jugs, bath­tubs, or laundry tubs.

• Keep a bat­tery-pow­ered ra­dio with fresh bat­ter­ies and stay tuned to lo­cal news bul­letins and weather re­ports.

• Make sure that you have a stan­dard phone avail­able. Cord­less phones do not work with­out elec­tric­ity. If you use a cell phone, an auto adapter may be needed to recharge your phone.

• Keep your au­to­mo­bile gas tank above half full.

• Keep fresh bat­ter­ies in your smoke de­tec­tors.

• Open the freezer and re­frig­er­a­tor as lit­tle as pos­si­ble. This will help food stay fresh longer.

• Make sure the oven and stove are off to pre­vent fires if the power comes back on while you’re away.

Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter to host Septem­ber events

Septem­ber will be Happy Cat Month at the Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter in Hugh­esville. From Thurs­day, Sept. 1, through Fri­day, Sept. 30, the shel­ter will lower cat adop­tion fees to $10 and kit­ten fees to $25. Those who can­not adopt may con­sider do­nat­ing bought or homemade toys or treats for the kit­ties.

The shel­ter will be closed for train­ing on Satur­day, Sept. 10.

Na­tional Rock and Roll Dog Day will be Thurs­day, Sept. 22. Dog adop­tion fees will be re­duced to $100 on this day.

The Tri-County An­i­mal Shel­ter is lo­cated at 6707 An­i­mal Shel­ter Road in Hugh­esville. Adop­tion hours are Mon­day-Fri­day, noon to 5 p.m. and Satur­day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. To view an­i­mals avail­able for adop­tion, go to www. Charle­sCoun­ es/an­i­mal­shel­ter/tri-county-an­i­mal-shel­ter or www.­ters/MD112.html. Cit­i­zens with spe­cial needs may con­tact the Mary­land Re­lay Ser­vice at 711, or Re­lay Ser­vice TDD: 800-7352258.

CSM to ob­serve La­bor Day hol­i­day

The Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land will be closed Satur­day, Sept. 3, through Mon­day, Sept. 5, in ob­ser­vance of La­bor Day. The col­lege will re­sume its nor­mal sched­ule Sept. 6.

Reg­is­tra­tion for credit or non-credit cour­ses is avail­able through­out the La­bor Day week­end on­line at Classes for the fall 10-week ses­sion be­gin Oct. 3. Classes for the seven-week fall minises­sion II be­gin Mon­day, Oct. 24.

Com­mis­sion­ers an­nounce va­can­cies

The Charles County Com­mis­sion­ers are seek­ing county res­i­dents to fill va­can­cies on the fol­low­ing boards, com­mit­tees and com­mis­sions:

• Adult Public Guardian­ship Re­view Board

• Agri­cul­tural Land Preser­va­tion Ad­vi­sory Board

• Alarm Re­view Board

• An­i­mal Mat­ters Hear­ing Board

• Board of So­cial Ser­vices

• Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Loan Fund for Women, Mi­nori­ties, and Vet­er­ans (formerly Dis­ad­van­taged Busi­ness Loan Re­view Com­mit­tee)

• Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sory Board

• Her­itage Com­mis­sion

• Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Jus­tice Rein­vest­ment Com­mis­sion

• Plan­ning Com­mis­sion There is one va­cancy on the Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Loan Fund for Women, Mi­nori­ties, and Vet­er­ans Com­mit­tee for a small busi­ness owner. This com­mit­tee serves as an ad­vi­sory re­view body for the pur­pose of re­view­ing and ap­prov­ing loans to el­i­gi­ble busi­nesses un­der the pro­ce­dures of the Dis­ad­van­taged Loan Fund.

There are 10 va­can­cies on the newly formed Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Ad­vi­sory Board for in­di­vid­u­als with ex­pe­ri­ence or ex­per­tise in one of the fol­low­ing ar­eas: Charles County Public Schools, Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, Naval In­stal­la­tion at In­dian Head and owner or cor­po­rate level man­ager of a Charles County busi­ness that tar­gets spe­cific ar­eas which can be found at www.Charle­sCoun­ This ad­vi­sory board will pro­vide in­put and feed­back on eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment pro­grams, poli­cies and ini­tia­tives, as well as feed­back or rec­om­men­da­tions to the board of com­mis­sion­ers as they re­late to pol­icy is­sues af­fect­ing eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

There is one va­cancy on the gov­er­nor’s newly formed Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Jus­tice Rein­vest­ment Com­mis­sion. This com­mis­sion is charged with ad­vis­ing the Jus­tice Rein­vest­ment Over­sight Board on mat­ters re­lat­ing to im­ple­ment­ing the act, mak­ing rec­om­men­da­tions re­gard­ing cer­tain grants to lo­cal gov­ern­ments and cre­at­ing per­for­mance mea­sures to as­sess the ef­fec­tive­ness of the grants made to lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

There will be one va­cancy on the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion as of Dec. 31. The com­mis­sion is in­volved in the draft­ing and im­ple­men­ta­tion of the com­pre­hen­sive plan, makes rec­om­men­da­tions on re­zon­ing re­quests and is the ap­proval author­ity for sub­di­vi­sion of prop­erty in the county.

Po­si­tions will re­main open un­til filled. A sep­a­rate ap­pli­ca­tion must be sub­mit­ted for each va­cancy. Ap­pli­ca­tions and a de­tailed list of all cur­rent va­can­cies are avail­able on the Charles County Gov­ern­ment web­site at www.Charle­sCoun­ or by con­tact­ing Carol De­Soto, com­mis­sioner spe­cial­ist, at 301645-0691 or De­so­toC@Charle­sCoun­

HR pro­fes­sion­als to fo­cus on workplace di­ver­sity

The Hu­man Re­sources As­so­ci­a­tion of South­ern Mary­land (HRASM) will meet 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 21 at Hil­ton Gar­den Inn Solomons, 13100 Dow­ell Road, Dow­ell. Melvin Brown II will pro­vide par­tic­i­pants with a workplace di­ver­sity pre­sen­ta­tion, fo­cus­ing on hir­ing the right peo­ple for the right job with the right skills.

The meet­ing is open to any­one with an in­ter­est in hu­man re­sources is­sues. The cost is $25 for mem­bers and $30 for non-mem­bers, which in­cludes lunch. Reg­is­tra­tion be­gins at 11 a.m. Dead­line for reg­is­ter­ing is noon on Sept. 19. To reg­is­ter, go to: http://hras­mon­ Once reg­is­tered, pay­ment is re­quired if a can­cel­la­tion is made af­ter the dead­line date. This meet­ing has been ap­proved for one HR gen­eral re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion cred­its to­ward PHR, SPHR and GPHR re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion through the HR Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion In­sti­tute. As a SHRM Pre­ferred Provider, this meet­ing is preap­proved for one re­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion credit for our re­cer­ti­fy­ing pro­fes­sion­als of the SHRM-CP or the SHRM-SCP cre­den­tial.

For more in­for­ma­tion, go to http://hras­mon­

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