County be­gins prepa­ra­tions for Hur­ri­cane Matthew

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Queen Anne’s County has a pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing im­pacted by Hur­ri­cane Matthew this week­end, said Scott Haas, direc­tor of the county’s Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices. Haas and staff are closely mon­i­tor­ing the storm and urge cit­i­zens to be­gin prepa­ra­tions.

The Na­tional Weather Ser­vice is stat­ing it is too early to pre­dict the ex­act im­pact of Hur­ri­cane Matthew in our area.

“As with any ma­jor storm that may im­pact our county, we con­tinue to mon­i­tor the con­di­tions. If the weather con­di­tions war­rant, we will ac­ti­vate the county’s Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter,” Haas said. “We will also con­tinue to send out up­dates and no­ti­fi­ca­tions to the pub­lic.”

Be­fore se­vere weather ar­rives, Haas rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing prepa­ra­tion tips: sign up for the Emer­gency Cit­i­zen Alerts, the county’s emer­gency text and email sys­tem at www.qac.org; mon­i­tor the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice fore­casts at http:// weather.gov/phi; bring in all out­door fur­ni­ture, dec­o­ra­tions, garbage cans and any other out­door items that are not se­cure; fill up your ve­hi­cle with gas be­fore the storm in case of evac­u­a­tion; check sup­plies in your “Fam­ily Emer­gency Sup­ply Kit” — a list of rec­om­mended items can be found at www.ready.gov/sites/ de­fault/files/doc­u­ments/files/check­list3.pdf; re­fill any med­i­ca­tions that could pos­si­bly run out dur­ing the storm; if you live in a flood sus­cep­ti­ble area, de­ter­mine in ad­vance where you would go and how you would get there if you need to evac­u­ate; don’t for­get to in­clude your pets in any emer­gency plans; and fol­low Queen Anne’s County DES at qacdes on Face­book and QueenAn­neEM on Twit­ter.

Res­i­dents in low-lying ar­eas with a his­tory of flood­ing dur­ing storms should pre­pare im­me­di­ately. For safety, be pre­pared to evac­u­ate if needed. Make al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments to stay with fam­ily or friends whose homes are not prone to flood­ing for the course of this event and un­til the flood­ing threat sub­sides.

If some­one is driv­ing and en­coun­ters flood­ing wa­ters or stand­ing wa­ters, turn around.

If a home is sus­cep­ti­ble to base­ment flood­ing, rec­om­men­da­tions are as fol­lows: seal any floor drains as they are the low­est points of en­try of sewer backup; do not sore any­thing of value in the base­ment; never en­ter a flooded base­ment — the risk of elec­tro­cu­tion is present.

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