Ocean Pines Preparing for Hurricane Florence

The Ocean Pines Association, through its General Manager’s Office and the National Weather Service/Wakefield, is preparing for severe weather conditions surrounding Hurricane Florence.

“While there is still quite a bit of uncertainty regarding the hurricane’s exact track and speed, the potential for strong winds and prolonged heavy rainfall is growing,” said Denise Sawyer, marketing and public relations director for the Association.

Departments in Ocean Pines are making storm preparations, including servicing generators and chainsaws, inspecting and securing equipment and outdoor furniture, checking and clearing roadside ditches, and setting up a phone bank for emergency calls in the event of a hurricane.

Ocean Pines has more than 300 miles of ditches. The Association encourages residents to please assist the Public Works Department by making sure all visible impediments are removed. If the water doesn’t drain after the rain subsides, residents are urged to report street flooding by calling 410-641‐7717.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has announced a state of emergency in the state, out of precaution ahead of potential impact from Hurricane Florence.

Additional Information for Residents and Guests:

  1. Remove and secure objects outside your home and business that may become projectiles during high winds, like lawn furniture and potted plants.
  2. Sign up for PinesAlerts to get emergency alerts from the Ocean Pines Association via text message by texting the word PINES to the telephone number 88474.
  3. Visit www.oceanpines.org for a good list of supplies to have on hand in the event of a hurricane or tropical storm, including drinking water, a first-aid kit, non-perishable food, a radio, flashlight and batteries, phone charger and blankets.
  4. Have a family emergency plan in place. Plan evacuation routes from home and work and how you will be in touch with members of your family.
  5. Be informed. Learn more about steps you can take now to prepare for an emergency. Look for emergency preparedness information at https://www.ready.gov/severe-weather.
  6. Cancellations and Service Changes. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Association will maintain on www.oceanpines.org a list of event cancellations, closings, service changes and other announcements related to the hurricane.
  7. Get The Latest. Monitor local news and Channel 78 on Mediacom for severe weather updates.
  8. Social media sites:

Facebook – www.facebook.com/OceanPinesAssociation

Twitter – www.twitter.com/OceanPinesMD

Instagram – www.instagram.com/OceanPinesMaryland

Please only call 911 in a life-threatening emergency.

Hurricane Emergency Kit
An emergency kit is a group of items that your family may need in an emergency, which include:
  • Water – 1 gallon per person per day for 3 to 7 days
  • Food – non-perishable and canned food supply for 3 to 7 days
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio with extra batteries
  • Cell phone with charger
  • First aid kit and first aid book
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Anti-bacterial hand wipes or gel
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off water
  • Blanket or sleeping bag – 1 per person
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Seasonal change of clothing, including sturdy shoes
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, feminine supplies
  • Extra house and car keys
  • Important documents – insurance policies, copy of driver’s license, Social Security card, bank account records
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Cash and change
  • Books, games or cards

A message from  Bob Rhode, Ocean City Emergency Management Coordinator/Planner regarding Florence:

Please review the attached documents and the forecast listed below.  Emergency Management is monitoring with State and local meetings. 
This Afternoon:                A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. South wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight:                               A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southeast wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Wednesday:                       A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming east 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
 Wednesday Night:           A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm, then a slight chance of showers between 8pm and 2am, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. East wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday:                            A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 84. East wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Thursday Night:                Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 74. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday:                                  Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a high near 83. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Friday Night:                      Tropical storm conditions possible. Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday:                             A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
 Saturday Night:                 A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday:                                A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 Sunday Night:                    A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Monday:                              A  chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Chance of precipitation is 40%


 

Governor Larry Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Florence
Residents and Visitors to the Town of Ocean City, Maryland are Urged to Prepare Now

Town of Ocean City (September 10, 2018)– After Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Florence, residents and visitors to the Town of Ocean City, Maryland should prepare now for potential effects from the storm.  The executive order will allow the state to more efficiently coordinate support and provide assistance to local jurisdictions within Maryland and neighboring states.

“We are still not certain of the storm’s path, but we are preparing for any possible outcome,” stated Joseph Theobald, Director of Emergency Services.  “We urge our residents and visitors to take every precaution. Stay tuned to your local news stations for the latest updates, listen to any instructions we may provide.”

Weather forecasters have indicated that there is the potential for life-threatening conditions, including catastrophic flooding as well as high winds and dangerous conditions in our waterways. Current forecasts indicate that torrential rains, tropical storm force winds, and tidal flooding/storm surge could impact the area beginning as early as Thursday evening.

The state of emergency allows the movement of critical resources to local jurisdictions that need them, like the Maryland National Guard. It also allows Maryland to receive assistance from other states as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. This compact serves as the cornerstone of the nation’s mutual aid system and offers assistance and aid during states of emergency through member states.

“A state of emergency is a good indicator that residents should remain alert and follow local officials’ orders, news stations, and weather forecasts in order to be informed of the situation,” said Joseph Theobald, Director of Emergency Services.  “We encourage all residents and visitors to our State and the Town to visit www.KnowYourZoneMD.com to see if they are inside, or, if they are traveling to, a hurricane evacuation zone,” he added.

For more information, residents can also go to www.ocmdemergency.com

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