Governor Martin O’Malley reminds Maryland residents to remain vigilant with more severe weather predicted for later today. A line of storms that is capable of producing severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, hail, tornadoes and strong winds is expected to move into the Mid-Atlantic region.
"This storm has the potential to produce dangerous conditions and extensive power outages," said Governor O’Malley. "We are monitoring the situation closely. Marylanders should make sure that they take the necessary precautions and try to stay off the roads as much as possible. I also want to urge residents to check on the welfare of family members, friends or neighbors - especially those who are most vulnerable or ill."
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency has been monitoring the weather system since early Wednesday, with daily conference calls that include the National Weather Service, local emergency managers, various utility providers and key state agencies. The State Emergency Operation Center moved to Level 2 status at 10 a.m., adding agencies involved in transportation, law enforcement, health and medical, search and rescue and sheltering.
Residents are reminded to:
• Make sure cell phones and other portable devices are fully charged and consider purchasing and charging spare batteries.
• Have a disaster supply kit with bottled water, non-perishable food (with a hand-operated can opener), a first aid kit, portable radio and flashlight with extra batteries, toiletries, special items needed for pets or infants, prescription medicine, a change of clothes and bedding. The kit will be helpful if you have to evacuate quickly or if you are without power.
• Keep some cash available in case ATM machines are not available.
• Have copies of important documents such as home and property insurance policies, driver’s licenses, health insurance cards, etc.
• Know where you would meet other members of your family if your home is not safe.
• Remember that in the immediate aftermath of a serious event, wireless communications systems may be overloaded. Text family members to let them know you are safe so voice calls for emergency agencies can go through.