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Posted on: May 11, 2017

May 7th-13th is Hurricane Preparedness Week


The Atlantic Hurricane Season is June 1st through November 30th

 

Annapolis, MD (5-11-17) – Mayor Michael Pantelides announces that the city is teaming up with the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to promote citizen awareness and preparedness.

 

“Now is the time for residents and businesses to make preparations for hurricane season,” Mayor Pantelides said.  “Everyone needs to understand the risks involved and have a plan in place, which should include an emergency kit with a number of items that are essential to get them through any storm impacting the city.”

 

The Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1st and ends on November 30th. According to the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), peak season in Annapolis generally occurs from mid-August to late October. Hurricanes pose the greatest threat to life and property, though tropical storms and depressions can also cause death and injury. A large number of fatalities and injuries connected to powerful storms occur in the event’s aftermath.  Many of these take place during the cleanup process and are often preventable.

 

The City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management encourages Annapolitans to:

 1) Stay informed

 2) Make a plan

 3) Make a kit 

 

"Regardless of predictions for a slower or more aggressive hurricane season, it only takes one storm to devastate a community,” Office of Emergency Management Director Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Simmons said.

 

The City of Annapolis offers up-to-date information regarding hurricanes and tropical storms through its Office of Emergency Management’s Prepare Me Annapolis mobile app. The Prepare Me Annapolis app offers a wide range of information, including approaching weather, traffic, closings, and important notifications from the city. This app is available at no cost on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

 

The city also shares information through a community notification system called CodeRED, which sends voicemail, email and/or text messages based on the individual’s preferences. This service is capable of reaching thousands of residents and businesses in a matter of minutes. The city encourages all residents and businesses to register at http://www.annapolis.gov/OEM/codered.

 

Creating an evacuation plan and emergency kit  are just as important as staying informed during a storm. Each emergency kit should be stocked with enough materials for each member of a household to use for at least 72 hours. Kits should contain flashlights, radios, batteries, medicine, non-perishable food items, and an ample supply of water.

 

When a storm or other major event impacts the City of Annapolis,OEM manages City resources and coordinates emergency response and recovery efforts.  City Departments work together to support the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activation throughout all phases of a hurricane.  

OEM is taking steps to help the community address the risks that come with hurricane season. OEM staff has already met with community associations to discuss how residents can prepare for hurricane season and severe weather.  Community groups interested in OEM staff attending a future meeting should call (410) 216-9167.

 

Citizens with functional needs and those who may need assistance during a disaster or evacuation should contact OEM at 410) 216-9167 to be registered on the special assistance roster. This will allow OEM the ability to check on your welfare before, during and after an emergency event. 

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