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October 27, 2012 

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Preparations for Hurricane Sandy
Boats at Community Pier Must Go 

Mike Morrison, Chair of the Newport Pier, has ruled all boats must be removed from the community pier. Mike is a Harbor Pilot, a professional mariner, so please heed his advice and get this done before it gets bad, please.   If you have nowhere else to go Mike suggests you drop an anchor in the creek.   

Get Ready for Sandy Now
  • The latest projected track of Sandy's landfall is slightly north of us in the Delaware Bay or New Jersey, which is a good thing for us because that will meaning less water charging into the Chesapeake Bay.
  • This storm is expected to produce 8" of rain water and flooding. 
  • Once Sandy gets going in our area, the sustained winds will exceed 30 mph for 36-48 hours creating power outages.
  • The 11 o'clock weather report updated that to 60 mph gusts for as much as 12 hours going from Monday into Tuesday. 
  • If you know of a downed tree or something similar, call the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) or 410-222-0600; for emergencies call 911 as usual.
  • OEM says becoming a friend on its Facebook page is the best way to get real time information. On Facebook, search for Anne Arundel County OEM and click "like."
  • The Emergency Center will activate at noon on Sunday at Annapolis High School (the only school with backup generators) and will hold 250 folks; it is pet friendly, and if need be they will expand the capacity.   
  • Expect a mess through Wednesday or even Thursday.
  • BGE will have a representative on site at the OEM. 
  • Here is BGE's number - 877-778-2222 - for reporting a power outage or a downed wire.  
  • For more BGE storm preparation tips and updates on the storm, visit; follow myBGE on Twitter and Facebook.   
  • Beginning at 9 a.m. OEM will broadcast live TV - Comcast 98 or Verizon 38.
  • At some point, OEM expects to announce the swim centers (the one next to Annapolis High School is the closest one to us) will be open for showers. 
  • The Department of Public Works has been out checking storm drains but we should continue to monitor them to reduce or eliminate flooding.
  • Fill your bathtub with water so you can flush your toilets when the power goes out.
  • Check on your elderly neighbors.
  • Be prepared - have on hand: non-perishable food, batteries, medications, water.
  • This "will not be an easy storm for anybody."

Good luck to all!