Prepare for the worst [Editorial]

The Aegis

While it appears more and more likely Harford County won’t get a visit from Hurricane Florence, or at least not one likely to cause major destruction, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be well-prepared for any potential severe weather event.

Harford County government, the local fire and EMS communities, our municipal governments and our state, county and municipal police agencies have been extremely proactive about urging residents to learn about being safe and being equipped to handle any emergency during a storm, be it heavy rain, snow, high winds and the associated impacts from flooding, trees down, power outages, roads blocked and damages to homes and businesses.

We don’t have to look too far back – not even two weeks – to see how quickly the weather can turn and the damage and loss of life it can cause in our county, or any community.

The Harford County Department of Emergency Services has offered the following safety information for Hurricane Florence and the hurricane season in general, and we think it is well worth repeating:

- Sign up to receive Harford County’s emergency alerts at the harfordcounty.bbcportal.com/.

- Secure outdoor objects or bring them inside; clear loose and clogged rain gutters, downspouts and storm drains when it is safe to do so before the storm.

- Ensure that cell phones and other mobile devices are fully charged.

- Familiarize yourself with emergency evacuation routes and high ground in your area; identify a place where family members will meet, if necessary.

- Do not use generators indoors, including your garage or basement; generators should only be used outdoors in a well-ventilated area away from windows.

- Have an emergency supply kit ready with a minimum of three to seven days of nonperishable food and water (a minimum of 1 gallon of water per person per day).

- Place copies of important documents and phone numbers along with cash in a sealed plastic bag in your supply kit.

- Remember to stock food and water for your pets.

- Check your supply of prescription medicines and ensure that you have extra on hand.

- Check in on elderly neighbors or anyone without a support network.

- Monitor weather conditions and follow instructions when issued.

- Prepare a battery-powered radio; stay tuned to radio station WXCY 103.7 FM and local TV news for official weather information.

- Make a note of the Harford County Information Line, which may become activated for non-emergency information during a storm: 410-838-5800.

For more hurricane safety information, visit www.harfordcountymd.gov/1976/HurricanesTropical-Storms.

Be prepared for weather events and stay safe.

avought@theaegis.com

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