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Carroll County officials following Hurricane Sandy's path, BGE urges preparation

Storm expected to impact area from Sunday to Tuesday

7:03 PM EDT, October 25, 2012

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Officials for Carroll County Emergency Operations said Thursday they are monitoring the projected path of Hurricane Sandy, and that weather models from the National Weather Service indicate the hurricane will strike land somewhere between New York and Maryland — impacting the area Sunday evening, and perhaps lasting through as Tuesday.

Officials said high winds and rain are expected and may cause some flooding and power outages.

During the storm, the county will post weather related information on various county websites and social media outlets, and will also communicate with the media.

Below is a list of links to obtain hurricane related information:

Office of Public Safety Facebook:

Carroll County Government website:

Carroll County Government Twitter: @CarrollCoMD

Carroll County Access Channel 24

BGE asking residents to be prepared

Meanwhile, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company is also preparing for the possibility of weather-related outages this weekend and into early next week, and is urging residents to have a plan in place, should they be without power for an extended period of time.

Customers are encouraged to take steps to prepare for extended outages:

Stay informed — Stay aware of changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Have a battery-powered radio with a weather band so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.

Make a plan — Discuss and document an emergency plan with those in your care that includes alternative arrangements should you need to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, handicapped, medically affected or infants. If you are dependent on electric-powered medical equipment, seek alternate arrangements in case electric service is interrupted. For special outage planning information, call 800-685-0123.

Make a list of emergency phone numbers (including 877-778-2222 to report an outage to BGE) and keep a personal telephone book and one corded phone or a cell phone on hand.

Build an emergency kit, keeping in mind supplies for children, those with special needs and pets. Have the following items available:

Flashlights – not candles

Fresh batteries

Battery-operated clock radio

Corded telephone

Fully charged cell phone

Nonperishable foods

Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation)

First-aid kit

Local maps

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Customers should consider filling the fuel tanks of their vehicles, in case a power outage affects service to gas stations.

Customers who rely on well water, should consider filling a bathtub with water in advance of severe weather.

After long periods of heavy rain

BGE prepares for the potential of outages related to overhead power lines and outages caused by flooding, in cases where water enters gas and electric meters.

In cases where flooding affects equipment, customers are responsible for all wiring, pipe, appliances, breaker boxes and any other gas or electric-related equipment or service inside the home or business. Customers are urged to consider the following safety tips:

• Proceed with care if you have experienced flooding in your basement and or other areas of your home.

• Do not enter a room with standing water, particularly if the water covers electrical outlets or electrical cords that are plugged into outlets.

• Ensure the electrical system is shut off before entering a flooded room or basement.

• Do not attempt to shut off your electrical system if you have to stand in water or on a wet floor to do so.

• If you experience flooding, do not turn on any lights or appliances without having a inspection performed by a licensed electrician and by a registered plumber with a gas fitter's license for gas appliances.

For more information about BGE storm preparation and how customers can protect their families and property, go to http://www.bge.com.

Keith Meisel, Jim Joyner