Prepare for the worst and hope for the best—that seems to be the motto for the day as various agencies and individuals get Baltimore ready for Hurricane Sandy.
Here are some of the steps being taken:
- Governor Martin O’Malley has signed an executive order declaring a State of Emergency for all of Maryland. According to a press release from the governor’s office, the declaration “gives the state flexibility to activate the Maryland National Guard and provide assistance to local emergency managers.”
The declaration also allows the governor to override laws and regulations if necessary for protecting public health and safety. Furthermore, the use of supplies, equipment and materials that have been stockpiled is now authorized.
“As Hurricane Sandy makes its way north, I urge all Maryland residents to prepare for extreme weather,” said O’Malley in his statement. “I urge all Marylanders to review their family emergency plans, make sure their emergency supplies like batteries and water are fully stocked and to stay informed.”
- Here in Baltimore, residents and businesses are preparing for themselves. In Fell’s Point, they are filling sandbags, and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was set to join them in their efforts today at 4:15 p.m.
- Baltimore Gas and Electric Company has begun outfitting its vehicles with poles, transformers, and other electric and natural gas delivery equipment in anticipation of the storm, according to a press release from the company.
BGE has also requested 2,000 out-of-state linemen and tree workers to assist with the storm; so far they have received commitments from 800, from nine different states.
BGE reminded customers that it cannot work on all power outages during very severe weather; bucket trucks are not safe to use when winds exceed 25 miles per hour, the company said.
BGE reminded residents to stay out of rooms with standing water, especially if that water covered electrical outlets or cords plugged into outlets, and to make sure the electrical system is off before entering a flooded room or basement.
BGE has more storm preparation and safety information on their website, www.bge.com.