Locals prepare for major Hurricane Florence impacts

    Locals prepare for major Hurricane Florence impacts

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) With Maryland Governor Larry Hogan officially declaring a State of Emergency Monday, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MDMEMA) is urging residents to prepare for major Hurricane Florence impacts.

    Baltimore City’s arborist say they’ve been working to prevent trees from falling ahead of time. If you are concerned about trees falling on public property, please contact the Department of City Services at 3-1-1.

    With the amount of rain we've already seen, here in Baltimore, the ground is saturated and more rain and potential winds to the mix and that could mean flooding, downed trees, power outages in the days ahead.

    Locally the American Red Cross has 800 disaster response volunteers on-call and resources could be needed locally, in Baltimore.

    Governor Larry Hogan says:

    Our emergency operation center is fully staffed with emergency management personnel. State shelters are on standby, and are ready to receive displaced residents. We are in touch with utility companies and they are taking the appropriate steps to be ready to respond to potential power outages. State Highway Administration is employing maintenance crews throughout the state in preparations for this severe storm and its potential impacts.

    Materials to pack in Emergency Kit include the following:

    • Bottled water
    • Non-perishable foods
    • Charge your cell phones and other mobile devices
    • Keep a mobile radio, TV or Weather radio to hear forecast

    For more information on resources for Hurricane Florence, please visit MDMEMA.

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