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Ocean City Fire Department Enacts Phase 1 of Storm Plan

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Fire Department is enacting Phase 1 of their storm plan.

Although the exact threat to the area is extremely uncertain, it is not practical for family/member planning and responsible scheduling to wait outside of 72 hours of a possible impact. The fire department hopes this is an exercise and not an incident, and can be withdrawn or downgraded at a later time. 

The current forecast is as follows from the National Weather Service 'A COASTAL STORM, TROPICAL CYCLONE OR HURRICANE  JOAQUIN POTENTIALLY IMPACTS THE REGION THIS WEEKEND. THIS WILL BRING A CONTINUED THREAT OF HEAVY RAIN AND FLOODING...ALONG WITH A STRONG GUSTY WIND ALONG THE COAST WITH POTENTIAL COASTAL FLOODING.'

The Ocean City Fire Department will provide further updates no less than twice daily, via your provided e-mail address, text message, and voice pagers.

A well-prepared workforce is an essential component of the Ocean City Fire Departments  ability to manage an emergency.  In the event of a storm impacting our area, the Chiefs of the Department want to make sure that there is a readiness plan for our most valued resources—our members and their families.

Common sense dictates that any first responder will function better with the knowledge that their families are provided for before, during and after a major event.  By ensuring the resiliency of our own families, we can better serve the community and focus on the mission.  Personnel should contact their, or any, company officer in advance of the storms arrival, should they need anything to secure and maintain their family’s safety. 

The Department recommends all personnel consider, in advance, emergency plans and supplies for their families in the event of a storm or other disaster impacting our area.  Please consider the following as a general guideline to keep on hand for your families Emergency Kit:

Family Emergency Kit

  1. Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  2. Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  3. Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  4. Battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  5. Cell Phone & Chargers
  6. Flashlight(s) & Spare Batteries
  7. First aid kit
  8. Family needs: change of clothes, blankets, medications, infant formula, feminine supplies 
  9. Whistle to signal for help
  10. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  11. Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  12. Can opener for food (non-electric)
  13. Pet food and extra water for your pet
  14. Cash and change
  15. Fire Extinguisher, matches in a waterproof container
  16. Paper, pencils, books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  17. Battery operated carbon monoxide alarms and smoke alarms
  18. Supplies for boarding up/securing your home or business
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