Harford County Government Urges Residents to Prepare for High Winds, Heavy Rain

From Harford County Government:

(Bel Air, MD) – The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations (EOC) is urging Harford County residents to prepare for high winds, heavy rain and higher tides as a result of a late winter weather event. Harford County and other areas of Maryland could feel the effects from heavy rain during the next 24 hours.

The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations recommends citizens prepare for the storm by reviewing their storm survival plan and restock any needed food, water, prescription medications or other supplies. Additionally, emergency management personnel recommend residents test their battery-powered flashlights and radios to ensure they are storm ready.

“Preparation is the key to staying safe during a storm emergency,” stated County Executive David R. Craig. “We urge citizens to follow the progress of the pending storm on television or radio and take every necessary precaution to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their family and loved ones, County Executive Craig remarked.

Harford County emergency management personnel caution homeowners to prepare their yards for the potential of strong or gusting winds as a result of the storm. Many items can become flying debris and result in damage to homes, vehicles and other property during storms with significant wind gusts.

Homeowners and occupants should make sure outside oil or fuel tanks are properly anchored so they will not overturn or float away due to rising water. Additionally, items in the yard that cannot be moved inside should be anchored or secured so there is less chance of becoming projectiles in high winds.

For additional storm preparedness tips, go to the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations website at www.harfordpublicsafety.org and click on “Surviving the Storm” icon.

The Harford County area is expected to receive approximately two – three inches of rain during the next 24 hours, with some areas of the county that could receive as much as five inches of rainfall. As a result flooding can be expected in low-lying areas, making driving hazardous.

Harford County public safety officials urge motorist not to drive through areas of standing water and reduce speed on wet and rain covered roads.

Additionally, with wind expected to gust up to 25 mph, motorists may be confronted with downed trees and power lines. Citizens are urged never to approach downed power lines and to call 9-1-1 to report the location of downed wires.

“The Harford County Division of Emergency Operations, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, local and State Police and our fire and emergency medical services personnel are ready to meet the challenges of this late winter storm” stated County Executive Craig. “Nonetheless, surviving the storm is everyone’s responsibility,” Craig said.