Sunday, October 28, 2012

Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Dear Citizens of Mount Rainier:

Depending on the path of Hurricane Sandy it is possible that we could see high winds and heavy rains. The upcoming storm that is forecaste to take place Sunday through the early part of next is could bring high winds that can cause dangerous conditions for your home.  Meteorologists are monitoring the path of Hurricane Sandy as it heads up the coast.  Please stay tuned to your local weather station for up to date information.  We want to provide you some tips to keep in mind as it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Below are some steps that you can take to secure your home.  Please note that these are precautionary measures.

1.       Secure any loose lawn furniture in the front or rear of your home.
2.       Make sure any furniture or objects are NOT near any sliding doors.
3.       If you have anything that cannot be brought into your home securely fasten it or store in a shed.
4.       If you have any damage to windows or glass doors make sure to secure immediately.
5.       Remove any toys, bikes, or lawn care equipment from the yard.
6.       Remove any bird feeders.
7.       Secure satellite dishes.
8.       If you doubt that an object can withstand high winds, bring it inside.
Taking these simple steps can help with safety for everyone during storms.

In the event that you lose power, there are some general steps you can take to remain safe. First contact your electric provider to alert them of the issue. The Pepco number to report power outages is: 1-877-737-2662 Make sure to have plenty of water and batteries. Have a flashlight on hand at all times. Make sure to not burn candles. DO NOT use gas powered generators because they are a fire hazard and illegal. Have a battery powered radio on hand to stay informed on all emergency information.

Here is a link from the National Weather Service of extra information on severe storms and the latest on Hurricane Sandy:  This website can provide information on family preparedness as well as extra safety precautions that can be taken.

Please try to prepare your home as best as possible for the well being of you and your neighbors. Thank you very much and stay safe and dry.

Thank you,

Michael D. Jackson

Assistant City Manager
City of Mount Rainier
1 Municipal Place
Mount Rainier, Md. 20712

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