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Governor deploys National Guard; local government, schools close as storm hits

County opens additional shelters

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Published on: Sunday, October 28, 2012

By Jim Davis

UPDATE Monday 2:20 p.m.: Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management has opened hurricane shelters at three locations:

· Charles H. Flowers High School, 10001 Ardwick Ardmore Road, Springdale

· Gwynn Park High School, 13800 Brandywine Road, Brandywine

· University of Maryland, Ritchie Coliseum, 7950 Baltimore Avenue, College Park

Additional shelters may be opened if the need arises.

ORIGINAL STORY: Gov. Martin O’Malley has ordered 450 National Guard troops be deployed throughout Maryland. He also announced that all non-essential state workers will be on leave Monday as Hurricane Sandy hits the Mid-Atlantic.

During an emergency press conference Sunday evening in Hanover, O’Malley also announced Baltimore’s light rail and Amtrak will not run Monday. He also ordered 20 of the 28 emergency shelters to open throughout the state.

“All residents of Maryland should stay off the roads due to the heavy rains that will be coming though the state,” O’Malley said.

Prince George’s County government will be closed Monday in accordance with Administrative Procedure 284. All non-essential county workers are granted leave. Essential workers must still report for work.

All Metrobus routes and Metrorail will not be running from midnight Sunday to midnight Monday.

Prince George’s County Public Schools has announced all of its schools will be closed Monday.

Deputy Director/Emergency Manager Ronald E. Gill, of Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management, has ordered the opening of an emergency shelter at Charles H. Flowers High School, located at 1001 Ardwick-Ardmore Road. Other shelters will be opened as needed, Gill said.

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department spokesman Mark Brady said, “The Fire Department will be upstaffing of Technical Rescue, placing numerous recon units in service and additional EMS units on stand-by.”

Brady also said residents should monitor local news stations about the approaching storm. Residents should have an emergency storm kit prepared with extra batteries, a battery-operated radio and flashlights, Brady added.

If power does go out, fire officials encourage residents to not use candles. Candles have caused several fires in the county during electrical outages.

Residents should also check their smoke alarms and ensure they are in working order. Mobile devices including cell phones, tablets and laptops should be completely charged.

Fire officials also said residents should remove any objects from their yards that could become airborne during periods of high winds. Larger items should be secured by tying them down.

Portable generators, Brady said, should be at least 15 to 20 feet away from homes and garages.

Residents who need to report non-emergency incidents, such as downed power lines, should use the county’s new 311 number.

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