State of Emergency Declared in Worcester County

The Worcester County Commissioners declared a local State of Emergency in anticipation of severe weather conditions, including heavy rains, strong winds, storm surge and potential flooding to be caused by Tropical Storm Hermine beginning Saturday, September 3, 2016. These conditions may threaten homes and other structures and the flow of traffic throughout the County.

The Maryland Emergency Management Agency and Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) urge all residents and visitors in the projected path of Tropical Storm Hermine to take the following precautionary measures in advance of tropical storm conditions to protect their families and businesses:

·         Tie down boats

·         Secure outdoor objects, such as lawn furniture and flags

·         Gather candles, matches, flashlights, batteries and a portable radio in the event of a power outage

·         Have water on hand as well as canned and packaged foods that do not require cooking or refrigeration

·         Assemble an emergency kit that contains prescription and other needed medicines, extra clothing and other supplies used by your family

Although the precise path of Tropical Storm Hermine is uncertain, Worcester County must take steps to prepare for potential destruction and minimize the threat to public safety and the lives of all County residents and visitors who may find themselves in the path of this inclement weather system.

The Worcester County Emergency Operations Center will be activated September 3, at 11:00 a.m. Worcester County officials will continue to monitor the progress of Tropical Storm Hermine and will provide emergency updates as necessary.