Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III, are urging citizens to start preparing now for Hurricane Sandy, slated to enter Central Pennsylvania on late Sunday evening.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Dauphin County is projected to receive 6-10 inches of rain beginning overnight Sunday through Tuesday with high-sustained winds and gusts, primarily affecting the region Monday and parts of Tuesday.

As Hurricane Sandy moves closer to the North Atlantic, all residents should prepare for the possibility of power outages, and flooding. In advance of the storm, Governor Corbett has declared a statewide disaster emergency to enable state, county and municipal governments to respond effectively to the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Dauphin County Commissioners urge residents to remain in their homes during harsh storm conditions.

If you need to leave your home during the storm please follow all posted road warnings to keep yourself and others safe, in Pennsylvania this is now the law. With the risk of prolonged power outages, Dauphin County citizens should have supplies to last 3-5 days in their homes such as batteries, food, water, essential medicines and first aid supplies.

Follow these simple safety tips to prepare: • Monitor local news stations for vital weather related information. • If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding, including dips, low spots, canyons, washes etc. • Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross-flowing streams. • Roadbeds may be washed out under floodwaters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground. • Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions. • Be very cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers. • During high winds, seek shelter indoors, move to a windowless, interior room, in a low part of the building, or take cover under a sturdy object or against an interior wall.

Report a power outage immediately by: • Calling 1-800-DIAL-PPL (1-800-342-5775) or 1-888-220-9991, or • Reporting it online via PPL's Outage Center at http://www.pplelectric.com/Outage+Center.

Check the status of your power outage by: • Visiting PPL's online Outage Center, or • Calling the Urgent Response Service at (484) 634-3381.

To get a full list of preparation instruction, visit online at, http://www.readypa.org/ or call 1-888-9-READYPA (1-888-973-2397).