Hurricane Sandy Update - Alert Gaithersburg

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Hurricane Sandy Update – October 26, 2012

 

ALERT GAITHERSBURG

 

Hurricane Sandy has the potential to make an impact to the Mid-Atlantic region beginning late Sunday. Although the track of the storm is still uncertain, Montgomery County residents should prepare for heavy rain, tropical storm force wind gusts (35 mph), and downed tree and power lines.

Following is some information to help Montgomery County residents, businesses, and community groups prepare:


** Stay Informed **
Know how to get information even if you have no power. Make sure you have a battery-operated or crank radio in your emergency kit. You can also follow Montgomery County updates on Twitter and Facebook through your mobile device.
• Montgomery County Government on Twitter - http://twitter.com/MontgomeryCoMD
• Montgomery County Government on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Montgomery-County-Government/53568216648?ref=ts
• Montgomery County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Montgomery-County-MD-Office-of-Emergency-Management-Homeland-Security/106493569384317


** Reporting an Emergency **
During severe weather and all other times, residents are reminded to call 9-1-1 only in emergencies that threaten life or property, which include any type of fire or serious medical condition, when there is fear for personal safety or the safety of others, or during a crime in progress. Calling 9-1-1 for the wrong reason or calling the number inadvertently may keep someone else from getting the help they need. DO NOT call 9-1-1 to ask for directions; check on power, phone, or cable outages; inquire about road or weather conditions; check on the status of school closings; for information about public services; or to report situations that are not emergencies. If you do call by mistake, please stay on the line until the call taker can confirm that you do not require emergency assistance.


** Storm Preparations **
Whenever a hurricane threatens a region, a hurricane watch will be issued within 24-36 hours. A hurricane warning will be issued if hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours or less. Below are some more preparedness tips for hurricanes and other storms:


** Before a Storm **
• Put copies of important documents in a safe place, preferably a waterproof container. Important documents can include passports, birth certificates, insurance policies or anything else that might be needed immediately or cannot be easily replaced.
• Have enough cash for a few days – ATM’s may not work during power outages and stores might not be able to take debit and credit cards.
• Make sure vehicle gas tanks are full.
• Secure or bring inside exterior items that might become windborne, such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools.
• Fill prescriptions that might be needed and stock up on any necessary medical supplies.
• Keep flashlights and battery-powered radios with extra batteries on hand, along with a basic first aid kit, emergency food and water, and a non-electric can opener. Have enough non-perishable food and water for at least 72 hours.
• Listen to the radio or television for hurricane progress reports.
• Clean out gutters.
• Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting in anticipation of a power outage. Open the doors only when necessary and close quickly.
• Refrain from putting out trash cans the night before the regular pickup.
• Clean and remove leaves from storm drain inlets and catch basins in front of your home.


** During a Storm  **
• Avoid using candles for lighting. Use a battery-powered flashlight.
• Never use a candle when fueling equipment such as a kerosene heater or lantern, since the candle flame can ignite fumes from the fuel.
• Try to stay in an interior room or away from windows.
• Stay calm and do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.
• If flooding occurs, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
• During a power outage, turn off major appliances. This will minimize losing power again through a power surge and protect the equipment when power returns.
• Do not go outside. Flying debris from high winds is a danger. As the eye of the storm passes, there will be a short period of calm followed by rapid wind speed increases to hurricane force that will come from the opposite direction.


** After a Storm **
• Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires of any kind under any circumstances. Stay away from puddles with wires in or near them. Do not touch trees or other objects in contact with power lines.
• USE PHONES ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES. Call 911 only for life-threatening situations.
• Call police or your utility companies immediately to report hazards such as downed power lines, broken gas or water mains or overturned gas tanks.
• Avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road –you can be stranded or trapped. The depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious.
• Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.
• For downed trees on public property, call 3-1-1 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays (or 240-777-0311 from outside the County or from a cell phone) or go to http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/311 at any time to report the problem. If live wires are involved, the tree is blocking a roadway, the tree is on a structure, or if persons are trapped under the fallen tree, call 9-1-1.
• Trees that have fallen on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. The County’s Office of Consumer Protection advises homeowners to deal with established businesses only, and to call Consumer Protection first to check a business’ complaint record. Consumer Protection can be reached at 240-777-3636.
• For non-emergency police assistance, call the police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000.
• If case of a power outage, residents are urged to take steps to ensure that food left in the refrigerator and freezer is safe. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, meat, poultry, fish and eggs should be refrigerated at 40° F and frozen food at or below 0° F, which may be difficult with a prolonged power outage. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. A refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if it is unopened. Food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, soft cheeses, butter and leftover cooked meats, casseroles and pizza should be thrown out if they have been held above 40° F for over two hours. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. To be sure a particular food is cold enough; take its temperature with a food thermometer. Never taste food to determine its safety.
•  Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves or generators indoors.


** Important Utility Numbers:  **
• Pepco: 1-877-737-2662
• Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E): 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123
• Potomac Edison (Allegheny Power): 1-800-255-3443
• Washington Gas: 800-752-7520
• WSSC: 1-800-828-4002

For more information about emergency preparedness, visit http://www.MontgomeryCountyMD.gov/OEMHS

 

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Roy Kelley
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Thanks so much for stopping by. There are millions of people in the potential path of this severe storm.  Every family should review their emergency plans.

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Oct 26, 2012 03:03 PM #4
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In anticipation of potential effects of Hurricane Sandy, Gaithersburg’s Public Works Department is urging residents to exercise good judgment when placing materials out for recycling pick-up. At this time, the City has not cancelled any scheduled recycling collections due to the uncertainty of the severity and timing of this storm. However, the City does ask that residents do not put out recycling materials when high winds are predicted.

Oct 26, 2012 03:14 PM #5
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Rene Fabre
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I was listening to the radio this morning and heard a few updates about Sandy's progress. Sounds like a whopper of a storm. Be safe and take care... It's always better to be prepared, than surprised!

Oct 26, 2012 03:20 PM #6
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Mary Yonkers
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Roy, thanks for the update on the hurricane.  Erie's utility workers are on alert to travel to your area if needed.  Erie might get a lot of rain, but your area is more prone to extreme weather.  Be safe.

Oct 26, 2012 06:09 PM #7
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Roy Kelley
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It is good to receive your observations.  Millions of people are closely watching the path of this storm.

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Oct 26, 2012 06:52 PM #8
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William Johnson
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Hi Roy, A friend of mine said he was called by the airlines expecting that a flight early next week will be cancelled due to this storm. It will creat quite a mess if this storms stays strong and heads up the coast.
Oct 26, 2012 10:50 PM #9
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Roy Kelley
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Good to hear from you, William.  You are correct.  Those that have air travel plans in the east may see many canceled flights.  It might be a good idea to defer Monday and Tuesday trips until later in the week.  You can make great efforts to arrive at a destination and then find that the power is off and the offices are closed.

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Oct 27, 2012 03:02 AM #10
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I have memories of a huge storm aftermath in New Jersey when I was a kid and my mother would not let me go out until it nearly subsided. I finally convinced her to let me go out earlier and to see the boardwalk under water and the streets being navigated by boat is a sight to behold. For a kid, it is an adventure...for businesses, cities and adults...a nightmare...good post

Oct 27, 2012 06:57 AM #11
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Michelle Gibson
Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. - Wellington, FL
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Roy - Great information! We've had heavy rain for the last two days, but so far today is sunny, windy, but sunny.

Oct 27, 2012 07:21 AM #12
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Roy Kelley
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We have a beautiful sunny day in Maryland.  It is a good time for all residents to prepare for the approaching storm. 

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Oct 27, 2012 07:29 AM #13
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Bill Reddington
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If you live in an area that might flood go to high ground before the storm hits. Good Luck with it.

Oct 27, 2012 07:45 AM #14
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Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity, Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor
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Stay safe ROY!!!  You guy's gonna overcome this..  Stay safe and take care

Oct 27, 2012 08:01 AM #15
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Kathy Streib
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Roy- you've given excellent advice!  Now.. you and Dolores please be safe!

Oct 27, 2012 04:04 PM #16
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks so much for your comments.  Be well prepared if you live in the path of the incoming storm.

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Oct 28, 2012 06:23 AM #17
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Ed & Tracy Oliva
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Roy,  This is some good Info for all in the area. keep up the very good post, and may all be safe,  E

Oct 29, 2012 04:27 AM #18
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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Wind and rain are picking up here in Central NJ - prayers are with you in Maryland. Stay safe and dry!

Oct 29, 2012 05:49 AM #19
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Roy Kelley
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The City of Gaithersburg declared a State of Emergency this morning.  Schools and offices are closed in the area, including federal government offices.

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Oct 29, 2012 05:54 AM #20
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Mary Sheridan
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Roy, I wish I'd seen this in time to send it to all the family and friends I left behind when my husband retired to the mountains of East Tennessee.    Apparently they all got by much better than the news led us to expect, but they did all they could to prepare for the worst.   

If you ever have folks who want to swap the traffic and more hectic pace of life there for some beautiful mountains, just let me know.    We miss a lot about that area, but life here in Johnson City is good also, in a different way. 

Thanks for a good list.  I'll save it, although we seem never to have weather emergencies here - very rarely even snow, but 4 beautiful seasons.  

Nov 03, 2012 03:51 PM #21
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Kimo Jarrett
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Excellent post on emergency preparedness list regardless of where you live.

Nov 03, 2012 04:08 PM #22
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Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
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We get our fair share of warnings here in Jacksonville, FL. We seldom really get pounded but your suggestions apply to us in spades. Always great to have a thorough checklist.

Nov 04, 2012 06:46 AM #23
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