As the likelihood of damaging storm surge, flooding and wind from Hurricane Florence increases for the Delmarva Peninsula, the Ocean Pines Marina is making preparations and issuing a “Suggested Severe Weather Action Plan” for vessel owners.
“Having a hurricane preparedness action plan helps to minimize the damage to the marina and docked boats,” said Ron Fisher, manager of the Ocean Pines Marina.
Fisher encourages boat owners to make sure that their vessel’s operating systems are in good working order.
Boat owners should also replace fuel filters, inspect batteries and charging systems, and keep fuel tanks topped off.
“Don’t forget to inspect all bilge pumps and thru-hull connections,” Fisher said. “Inspect all working and spare dock lines and ensure that all extra line is in good condition and in an accessible location.”
Vessel owners are asked to monitor oceanpines.org and e-mail alerts on a regular basis for updates on Hurricane Florence and any potential marina evacuation notices.
It’s important to note that any vessel owner who does not remove their vessel in the event of a tropical storm or hurricane assumes all responsibility for damage to their vessel as well as any damage to any other vessel or to any Ocean Pines property.