"We are taking all the precautions we have," he said. "As long as it goes as predicted, I think we will be fine."
Bennett said he has told Aberdeen's police department employees they could be going on 12-hour shifts, and the public works department is getting ready for what it usually does in a storm.
"We are ready to act if we have to," he said. "We're ready to go."
Bel Air Mayor David Carey said the town will remain in contact with EOC and MEMA throughout the event.
"We're just bracing," Carey said.
He explained town crews will make sure storm drains are clear so roads quickly drain of water and the town asks citizens to rake drains in front of their property during the storm.
"We'll have our people on standby and we'll be ready," Carey said.
Baltimore Gas and Electric is also closely monitoring Hurricane Irene this week and preparing to respond to widespread power outages should they happen, according to a news release. The utility pre-mobilized hundreds of linemen and support staff to supplement their existing team.
The utility reminded customers to have flashlights, fresh batteries, a battery operated radio clock, a corded telephone, fully charged cell phones, nonperishable foods and blankets and stay away from downed power lines.
The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office recommends people use flashlights instead of candles, use caution when refueling generators, make sure generators do not allow carbon monoxide to enter the home and when in earshot of thunder stay off corded phones and electronics.