Storm prep tips for residents as hurricane season begins
Hurricane season has officially pictured up and with it comes tips for how to prepare for and deal with hurricanes and other severe storms.
Severe weather preparation is a year-round effort in Baltimore County, with officials adhering to an Emergency Operations Plan that covers all manner of crises, including natural disasters.
Officials also urge residents to plan for disasters such as hurricanes and other severe weather.
“Every Baltimore County household should have basic disaster supplies and a home preparedness plan,” Baltimore County’s website notes.
Residents are encouraged to prepare an emergency plan in advance of forecasted severe weather and to have three days worth of supplies on hand in case of severe weather. An emergency kit should include such supplies as water, nonperishable food, flashlights, batteries and back-up sources of electricity for devices such as cell phones.
BGE is also preparing ahead of potential summer storms or hurricanes.
According to a release, BGE has invested approximately $1.1 billion into electrical system operations, maintenance and upgrades in 2017.
“BGE continues to invest in our system and train as a team to ensure we are prepared to meet the demands of extreme summer weather. We also ask our customers to prepare for extreme weather situations,” said BGE President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Woerner.
He added, “We emphasize innovation in every aspect of our business, which helps us deliver the quality electric power that our customers expect and need in their
daily lives, not just during the summer storm and heat season, but year-round.”
According to BGE, preparation for the summer season includes various upgrades, including the installtion of “more durable poles and wiring, expanded options for rerouting service to decrease the number of customers affected by an outage, and automated equipment that responds to system damage,” allowed BGE workers to focus on areas where hands-on work is required.
Like Baltimore County, BGE also encourages residents to keep bottled water and non-perishable foods on hand in case of emergency.
Before a storm, charge cell phones and other mobile devices, and be sure to have flashlights and extra batteries in case of power outages.
Those who need electricity for refrigeration of medication or to run medical devices should have a plan in place in case of a longerterm outage.
The Baltimore Metropolitan Council also offers advice to residents seeking to prepare before sever weather strikes.
In addition to the aforementioned tips, residents are urged to pay close attention to reliable weather sources, such as the National Weather Service, for updates on weather conditions and such alerts as flood warnings.
During a storm, stay indoors away from doors and windows. Those living near the water, especially, may experience some flooding.
Mobile home residents should be prepared to evacuate in case of high winds, and all residents are urged to fill a bathtub of large container with water for cleaning and flushing toilets, if necessar y.
For their part, county officials offer real-time updates on traffic, road conditions and more on the Baltimore County Stormfighter website at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/publicworks/StormFighter/.
Residents are also encouraged to follow the Baltimore County Emergency Management Twitter @BACOemergency.
Information on state roads and interstate road conditions can be found at http://chart.maryland.gov/incidents/index.php.
In case of severe storms, BGE customers can view an outage map, receive alerts and more at www.bge.com.
For more emergency preparedness tips from the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, visit www.readysetgood. org.
Heavy rains caused flash flooding earlier this year in Baltimore County..
BGE crews are preparing for potential severe weather.