News Releases and Media Advisories

Preparing for the Storm

Annapolis, MD (6-12-13) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announces that the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management  will activate its Emergency Operations Center at

8 a.m on Thursday, June 13. Also at 8 a.m., the call center will be opened for all non-emergency calls.  Annapolis residents can call 410-260-2211 with questions, concerns or reports of weather related issues in their neighborhoods.

While the Annapolis Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management continues to watch the storm’s path, Public Works crews continue to prepare the City for the potential severe weather by:

  • Cleaning all storm drain inlet
  • Sharpening all chain saws and ensuring that extra blades are available
  • Filling all emergency generators’ fuel tanks
  • Filling all vehicle tanks
  • Starting all pumps to make sure that they are in working order
  • Loading portable stop signs on a vehicle in case of power outages
  • Testing battery-backup traffic signals
  • Removing all flags from the downtown area

With gusty winds, severe thunderstorms, hail, and possible tornadoes in the forecast, residents should make sure they have the following items available:

  • First aid kit and essential medications
  • Canned food and can opener
  • At least 3 gallons of water per person
  • Protective clothing, rain-gear, and bedding or sleeping bags
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members
  • Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so (remember, a professional should turn them back on)
  • Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places; a friend's home in another town, a hotel/motel, or a shelter
  • Make sure to charge your cell phone.

Keep generator safety in mind and never use a generator indoors.  Use battery operated lanterns and light sticks instead of candles.  

Always check on family, friends and neighbors who may need assistance in emergencies.  The better prepared you are at home, the better prepared you will be to assist the community in a major emergency.

The City will have all updated information posted on the home page at www.annapolis.gov.