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Governor declares state of emergency as Hurricane Sandy approaches East Coast

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Published on: Friday, October 26, 2012

By Jim Davis

Due to approaching Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Martin O’Malley has issued a state of emergency for Maryland.

Meteorologists expect a natural horror show of high wind, heavy rain, extreme tides and maybe snow to the west beginning early Sunday, peaking with the arrival of Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday, and lingering past Halloween on Wednesday.

With a rare mix of three big merging weather systems over a densely populated region, experts expect at least $1 billion in damage as a result of Sandy.

Mark Brady, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department spokesman, said Prince George’s residents should monitor local news stations about the approaching storm. Residents also should have an emergency storm kit prepared with extra batteries, a battery-operated radio and flashlights.

If power goes out, Brady said residents should not use candles. There have been several fires in the county as a result of people using candles during a storm.

Residents should also check their smoke alarms and mark sure they are in working order. Also residents should ensure cell phones, lap tops and tablets are completely charged.

Any objects in the yard that could become airborne during periods of high winds should be stored inside. Large items should be secured by tying them down.

Brady also added residents who have portable generators should have their generators at less 15 to 20 feet away from their homes.

To report downed power lines or other non-emergency incidents, residents should call the county’s new 311 number.

Extra fire and EMS units may be placed in service if needed, Brady said.  

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