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Damage Assessment Team Educates Public on Hurricane Preparedness in Somerset Co.

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CRISFIELD, Md.- Members of Somerset County’s Damage Assessment Committee hit the streets in low-lying communities today to pass out literature filled with tips on how to prepare for a hurricane.

Hurricane season starts June first and ends November 30.  The county recently formed the committee as part of preparation for the season.

City Inspector Noah Bradshaw is one of 24 committee members who went door-to-door with a stack of brochures today. County officials deployed six teams of four to five areas, including Princess Anne, Crisfield and Deal Island.
 
Bradshaw explains why the literature is so important. He also talks about a few tips that can be found inside the booklet.

" Of course, have the batteries, so you can listen to the radio; hopefully the radio station stays up, which we lost once before, and have supply of water, some canned food," Bradshaw said.

The list goes on. Teresa Shallcross is familiar with the routine. She has lived in Crisfield for 23 years, and like many others, she lost everything when Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012. She lives in a rental just two homes down from the home she lived in for decades. She says the rental is susceptible to flooding.
 
" Every time it rains real bad, I get nervous. It's like an anxiety, and I think a lot of people in Crisfield have that still,” Shallcross said.

Somerset County’s Damage Assessment Committee members are taking an online course provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If disaster strikes, Mark Konapelsky, the county’s code enforcement officer and member of the assessment team, said the county will be well prepared.

The teams would respond to impacted areas, document the damage and take pictures that could be used for evidence.

The quick response will help push the process along for state or financial aid.

" Now, with experience, at a moment's notice, depending on where the occurrence happens and what type of occurrence it is, we can pull one to six teams in, almost instantly,” Konapelsky said.
 
Konapelsky said the damage assessment committee is among the first to be created in the state.




     



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