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Public Encouraged to Attend Hurricane Preparedness Meeting in OC

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Ocean City officials will hold a Community Hurricane Preparedness meeting about the resort town's emergency and evacuation plans on Wednesday.

As dense fog and a little mist settled in over Ocean City on Monday morning, Karen Hocker of Pennsylvania and a small group of friends went fishing in the inlet. It is a trip Hocker looks forward to every year.

"We like to come down for the fishing, for the good food and the sand and the warmth and the sun, after a long winter," Hocker said.

Over the years, Hocker has seen a lot from the very spot she stood Monday. Her most recent memory involved the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which happened in October 2012. The superstorm caused severe flooding and forced the city to implement a phase four evacuation level from 17th Street to the inlet, located on the southern part of town. Phase four is the highest of all evacuation levels.

Hocker recalls the storm's effect on the beach.

"A lot of this inlet filled in with sand; it was real thick," said Hocker, who pointed to the areas that were once impacted by the storm. "In fact, people were walking in the inlet from all the sand being washed in."

Ocean City will hold a hurricane preparedness meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in the city hall council chambers. Officials said the meeting is an opportunity for citizens to learn more about hurricane preparedness, including how Ocean City tracks storms, evacuation planning, shelters and individual and family preparedness planning.

"Ocean City has a comprehensive emergency operations plan for the community and we continue to urge our citizens to have plans for their households," Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald said in a statement. "This community meeting provides an excellent opportunity for families to find out how they can be prepared during hurricane season."

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