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Friday, October 26, 2012

County Emergency Services Preparing for #HurricaneSandy

There is a possibility that Hurricane Sandy may impact the Washington D.C. region in the days ahead. Should predictions show that the hurricane will hit our area, officials remind residents that they should prepare for the possibility of high winds, power outages and flooding. 

The Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is preparing for the possibility of activating the EOC; we have put together staffing plans and are making contact with all stakeholders, both internal and external to the County. Preparedness calls will continue daily until the threat dissipates or until a decision to activate the EOC is made. Below is a listing by major department or partner and what they are doing at this time:

County Departments are preparing for Hurricane Sandy. County departments are walking through their hurricane preparedness checklists and preparing staff, equipment and contractors for a possible response. Just some of these activities include:
  • Putting together staffing plans for activities including debris removal and traffic control,
  • Identifying and preparing shelters if necessary,
  • Preparing specialized teams including swift water rescue and urban search and rescue,
  • Checking on resources like generators and communication equipment,
  • Working to clear catch basins in areas known to flood
  • Checking Dams
  • Disseminating Hurricane preparedness reminders to the community on what they can do
  • Working with county stakeholders to ensure we are prepared for potential heavy rains and high wind.