The Department of Emergency Services has opened an emergency shelter from6 p.m.today, March 2 at the Port Tobacco Recreation Center (8190 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco). Any residents and their pets (cats and dogs only) in need of shelter during the high winds may report to the emergency shelter during the weather event. If possible, bring pets in a pet carrier and remember to bring pet food. Residents should bring warm clothing and blankets, flashlights, radio, personal documents and identification, and necessary emergency supplies including special food and medicine.

Residents are advised to tune in to local radio and television news stations for emergency alerts and actions. Updated information is also available online atwww.CharlesCountyMD.gov,www.facebook.com/CharlesCounty, andwww.twitter.com/CharlesCoMD. Weather updates are also aired on CCGTV, which broadcasts on Comcast channel 95 and Verizon channel 10. Sign up for the Citizen Notification System atwww.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CNSto receive inclement weather and traffic alerts by text message, email, or phone. For information on power outages, view the SMECO outage map atstormcenter.smeco.coop. Call877-747-6326to report a power outage. Call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency.