Maryland Hurricane Preparedness Week isMay 6-12this year. Prepare for the Atlantic hurricane season that beginsJune 1and lasts untilNov. 30. Hurricane hazards come in many forms: storm surge, high winds, tornadoes, and flooding. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a hurricane. Take the time today to ensure you and your family are ready for all hurricane and severe storm disasters.

Watch vs. Warning: What’s the Difference?

  • Hurricane Watch—A hurricane watch means hurricane conditions are a threatwithin 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans, keep informed, and be ready to act if a warning is issued.
  • Hurricane Warning—A hurricane warning means hurricane conditions are expectedwithin 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed by authorities.

How to Prepare for a Hurricane:

  • Prepare an emergency kit that contains: a three-day supply of water (one gallon per person per day); a three-day supply of non-perishable food; a battery-powered radio and batteries; flashlight with extra batteries; first aid kit; medications and medical items; toiletries and personal hygiene items; cell phone and chargers, family and emergency contact information; extra cash; and baby/pet supplies.
  • Develop a family communication plan. Know how you will contact one another and reconnect if separated.
  • Trim trees and shrubs around your home so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and drain spouts.
  • Consider installing a generator for emergencies.

What to Do When a Hurricane Is Approaching Your Area:

  • Check your emergency kit and replace or restock as needed.
  • Bring in loose items that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture, etc.).
  • Close your windows and doors.
  • Turn off propane tank.
  • Fill your car’s gas tank.
  • Listen to a NOAA weather radio for critical information from the National Weather Service.
  • Obey evacuation orders. Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

Visit the following websites for more information on hurricane and severe storm safety tips:

Residents are urged to register /review their profiles for the latest CNS updates and alerts from Charles County Government, Charles County Public Schools, Charles County Sheriff’s Office and the National Weather Service. To register for CNS, manage your message settings, provide preferred contact information, and select categories visit,www.CharlesCountyMD.gov/CNS.

Get the latest Charles County severe weather updates:

Charles County Government website:www.CharlesCountyMD.gov

Facebook:www.Facebook.com/CharlesCounty

Twitter:www.Twitter.com/CharlesCoMD

Charles County Government Television (CCGTV): Comcast channel 95 or Verizon channel 10

SMECO Power Outage Map:stormcenter.smeco.coop(Call 877-747-6326 to report an outage.)

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About Charles County Government

The mission of Charles County Government is to provide our citizens the highest quality service possible in a timely, efficient and courteous manner. To achieve this goal, our government must be operated in an open and accessible atmosphere, be based on comprehensive long- and short-term planning and have an appropriate managerial organization tempered by fiscal responsibility. We support and encourage efforts to grow a diverse workplace. Charles County is a place where all people thrive and businesses grow and prosper; where the preservation of our heritage and environment is paramount; where government services to its citizens are provided at the highest level of excellence; and where the quality of life is the best in the nation.

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