News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office
LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Department of Emergency Services is monitoring Hurricane Isaias as it tracks northwest in the Atlantic Ocean. This system is the ninth named storm of the 2020 season. Emergency Services wants you to be prepared in advance for the potential impacts of this storm to St. Mary’s County. There is no plan to open shelters at this time, but citizens must be prepared. The following are some things you can do to prepare yourself and your family:
• In case you need to evacuate your home where would you go, hotel, friends or family’s home. With COVID-19 pandemic you need to have a plan.
• If you may need to evacuate, prepare a “go kit” with personal items you cannot do without during an emergency. Include items that can help protect you and others from COVID-19, such as hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, bar or liquid soap, disinfectant wipes (if available) and two cloth face coverings for each person. Face covers should not be used by children under the age of 2. They also should not be used by people having trouble breathing, or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the mask without assistance.
• Know a safe place to shelter and have several ways to receive weather alerts, such as National Weather Service cell phone alerts, (@NWS) Twitter alerts.
• Follow guidance from your local public health or emergency management officials on when and where to shelter.
• Make a plan and prepare a disaster kit for your pets. Find out if your disaster shelter will accept pets. Typically, when shelters accommodate pets, the pets are housed in a separate area from people.
• Follow safety precautions when using transportation to evacuate. If you have to travel away from your community to evacuate, follow safety precautions for travelers to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Visit https://www.stmarysmd.com/es/beprepared/ for more preparedness information
Find your zone by visiting https://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/know-your-zone-md.aspx. For more information, visit https://www.stmarysmd.com/es/beprepared/.
What Is It?
Know Your Zone is a new color-coded interactive map you can use to determine which storm evacuation zone you live in based upon your street address.
How Will It Help You?
Knowing your zone will help you avoid unnecessary evacuation travel, thereby reducing highway congestion, easing overcrowding at local storm shelters and boosting public safety.
How Do You Use It?
Simply click the ‘Find Your Zone” button. Enter your address on the map and view your color-coded evacuation zone. Emergency managers will work with local media and use social media and other tools to notify residents of impacted zones and what to do to stay safe.