For Immediate Release: 1 June 2019
Media Contact: Hannah Thomas
Join the Annapolis Office of Emergency Management in
Preparing for Hurricane Season
With the start of hurricane season approaching on June 1, the Annapolis Office of Emergency Management would like to encourage the public to begin planning for hurricane season now. Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps you can take to get ready for hurricane season.
The City of Annapolis Office of Emergency Management officials remind residents that it is possible to see hurricanes and tropical storms during the summer and early fall.
“Coastal communities, like Annapolis, should prepare for the unexpected. Residents should prepare for a storm now. Stay informed, build your emergency kits, and finalize your plans with family. Be sure to download the Prepare Me Annapolis Mobile App, the Annapolis Police Mobile App and stay connected on social media for the latest information,” says Deputy Fire Chief Kevin J. Simmons, the Director of Emergency Management.
Take action now to prepare for hurricane season. As the storm approaches, it is often too late to get ready. Make sure you have family evacuation and communications plans, update your emergency supply kit, and evaluate your flood insurance needs.
- Check your insurance coverage. Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage or losses from flooding. Review your policy, ensure you are adequately covered, understand any exclusions, and contact your agent for any changes.
- Complete a family communication plan. Plan how you will assemble your family and loved ones, and anticipate where you will go for different situations. Get together with your family and agree on the ways to contact one another in an emergency and identify meeting locations.
- Create or restock your emergency kit. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.
- Include the following items in your emergency kit:
- First aid kit and medications.
- Canned food and can opener.
- At least 3 gallons of water per person.
- Protective clothing, bedding or sleeping bags.
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
- Pet food and supplies.
- 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 (a professional should turn them back on).
Know Your Risk
Create an emergency communications plan for your family and business. Keep generator safety in mind and never use a generator indoors. Use battery operated lanterns and light sticks instead of candles that are always fire hazards.
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.
Citizens with functional needs and those who might need assistance during a disaster should contact OEM to be registered on our special assistance roster. This will allow OEM the ability to check on your welfare before, during and after an emergency event. To register or to get additional information regarding emergency preparedness or assistance with information and notification services, call OEM at 410-216-9167.
Know where to go for trusted sources of information during a hurricane event. Monitor local news resources, such as WNAV 1430AM, for hurricane watches and warnings in Annapolis and follow directions of local officials. Additional information can be found at www.annapolis.gov/OEM.
Alert Annapolis – This system allows the City to send out automated telephone messages, text messages, or emails quickly and efficiently in the event of an emergency. The brief message will provide information on the emergency and any important instructions. To sign up for Alert Annapolis, please go to the following site www.alertannapolis.regroup.com
Prepare Me Annapolis Mobile App – This free app from the Office of Emergency Management provides information for Annapolitans to be prepared in any type of emergency situation. The app delivers push notifications that include important information regarding City functions and other important notices. Prepare Me Annapolis is available, free of charge, on both the Apple Store and on Google Play.
Annapolis Police Mobile App - This free app is managed by the City of Annapolis Police Department. The app provides real-time alert notifications pushed to the user’s smartphone, as well as immediate access to the latest police department news, crime maps, and social media accounts. Annapolis Police Mobile App is available, free of charge, on both the Apple Store and on Google Play.
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