County begins preparations for Hurricane Matthew
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.