Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold said Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) will have about 1,300 workers this weekend as Hurricane Sandy approaches the region.
However, as many throughout Edgewter, Davidsonville and south county know, BGE can become overwhelmed with the high number of power outages and emergency situations throughout the state. As Hurricane Sandy, or The Frankenstorm, approaches, Leopold urges residents to be prepared for the absolute worst-case scenario.
Edgewater communities and those in south county that are on the water could be some of the most at-risk areas in the state. According to an Anne Arundel Conty interactive map, large areas of the Mayo Peninsula and other waterfront neighborhoods face serious risks of flooding.
Local residents who live near water have already begun receiving automated phone calls, warning them of the storm's power and that they should be willing to leave their homes if severe flooding occurs.
BGE released a to-do list for residents at risk:
Stay informed – Stay aware of changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Have a battery-powered radio with a weather band so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.
Make a plan – Discuss and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Develop a family emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, handicapped, medically affected or infants. If you are dependent on electric-powered medical equipment, you are encouraged to seek alternate arrangements (Customers with Special Needs) in the event that your electric service is interrupted.
Make a list of emergency phone numbers (including 877.778.2222 to report an outage to BGE) and keep a personal telephone book and one corded phone or a cell phone on hand.
Build an emergency kit – Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. Remember supplies for children, those with special needs and pets.
Keep the following items readily available:
- Flashlights – not candles
- Fresh batteries
- Battery-operated clock radio
- Corded telephone
- Fully charged cell phone
- Non-perishable foods
- Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
- First aid kit
- Local maps