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Hurricane Sandy – Advisory #4

Call Center Opening Sunday – City Garages Opening Sunday

Mayor Urges Residents in Low-Lying Areas to Have Evacuation Plan 

Annapolis, MD (10-27-12) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen encourages residents in low-lying areas to have an evacuation plan and announces the City of Annapolis Call Center will be activated on Sunday, October 28, at noon.

Hurricane Sandy is packing heavy rains and gusty winds and has the potential for severe flooding. Forecasters are calling for the greatest impact to occur along the coastal areas and say Annapolis will start to feel the effects of Sandy late Sunday. Citizens should be prepared to evacuate if:

•    You live in an low lying area
•    You live in a flood prone area
•    You live on the coastline or near a river

If you choose to evacuate, leave as early as possible. Stay with friends or relatives that live out of a flood zone, or go to a pre-designated public shelter. 

The Annapolis High School has been designated as the storm shelter for the citizens of Annapolis. Annapolis High School, located at 2700 Riva Road, will open at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28. The City of Annapolis will provide transportation to the shelter for any Annapolis citizen at no cost. Call 410-260-2211 to schedule transportation starting at noon Sunday, October 28. 

Please remember to bring the following items with you to the shelter:
•    Medications
•    Baby food and diapers
•    Cards, books and games
•    Toiletries
•    Charged cell phone
•    Identification
•    Valuable papers
•    Cash

The Annapolis High School is a pet friendly shelter that accepts dogs and cats only. 

The City of Annapolis Call Center will be activated on Sunday, October 28, at noon. The Call Center will be open 24 hours a day for the duration of, and recovery from, Hurricane Sandy. The Annapolis Call Center is for non-emergency calls only and for Annapolis citizens and local businesses. To contact the City of Annapolis Call Center, dial 410-260-2211.  Persons with emergency requests should call 911.

At 3:00 p.m. tomorrow, all four City garages (Hillman, Gotts, Knighton and Park Place), will be open, free of charge to City residents, allowing them to get their vehicles in the garages before the storm hits.

The mayor encourages residents who live along narrow streets to move their vehicles into the garages or into other sheltered areas to help keep the streets clear for emergency vehicles and utility crews. Vehicles can remain in the garage through the duration of the storm.

For updates on Hurricane Sandy, go to and to learn more about preparing for the storm, go to