Mayor Rawlings-Blake Provides Update of City Preparations for Hurricane Irene, Urges Residents to Prepare for Wind and Rain
Friday Aug 26th, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mayor took part in morning conference call with President Obama.
In preparation for incoming Hurricane Irene, which is expected to bring heavy amounts of wind and rain to the Baltimore region this weekend, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and members of her cabinet reminded residents to prepare their families and homes for possibly severe weather. The Mayor ordered the City’s Emergency Operation Center to open this morning at 7:00 a.m. to ensure that essential City services are maintained before, during, and after the storm.
Before the Mayor’s news conference, she took part in a conference call with President Barack Obama and elected leaders from East Coast states and cities. The President detailed plans to aid states and municipalities to help impacted areas to recover from the storm.
“Even if Baltimore is not in the direct path of Hurricane Irene, high winds, rain, and a storm surge can cause flooding and downed power lines throughout the city,” said Mayor Rawlings Blake. “We have been monitoring the storm all week long, and we are taking the necessary steps to keep the city safe. It is absolutely vital that every resident is prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws our way.”
All residents should take these steps to prepare for severe weather:
- Have an emergency kit, including a three-day supply of water, battery operated AM/FM radio, and a flashlight.
- Stay tuned to local TV and radio rtations, and listen for instructions from City officials.
- Have a personal or family plan to shelter-in-place or evacuate if told to do so.
- Batten down any loose items, and secure property as best as possible.
- Clear outdoor storm drains near their property to prevent flooding during heavy rains.
- Report blocked storm drains and downed trees to 311.
- Dial (877) 778-2222 to report power outages.
- Do not DRIVE on flooded roads or PARK in flood-prone areas.
- Stay informed. Monitor the storm on local TV and radio stations, and listen for updates from City officials.
- Citizens who live along streams or in places that are subject to flooding are especially urged to stay alert and to be prepared to move their vehicles or evacuate.
For more information on how to prepare, visit: http://www.baltimorecity.gov/OfficeoftheMayor/MayoralOffices/EmergencyManagement/HazardsInBaltimore/HurricanesStormsandFlooding.aspx
Yesterday, the Mayor ordered that sand and sandbags be delivered to strategic locations in Baltimore for residents and businesses to protect their properties. Sand and sand bags will be available throughout the day at the following locations:
- Broadway and Thames Streets (Broadway Pier)
- Broadway Square (north side)
- ESPN Zone (former)
- Rash Field
Residents and business owners coming to these locations should:
- Bring a vehicle capable of carrying heavy sand bags.
- Bring a shovel, in case all are being used.
- Have proof of residency or ownership available.