Worcester County Emergency Services urges public to prepare for Tropical Storm Ian

Worcester County Emergency Services (WCES) officials urge area residents to prepare for inclement weather ahead of Tropical Storm Ian. National Weather Service forecasters are predicting four to six inches of rain with possible minor coastal flooding, and high winds with gusts up to 45 mph to impact Worcester County from Friday through Sunday morning.

WCES officials are monitoring the storm track and are urging the public to begin implementing precautionary measures.

Secure boats and outdoor objects, such as lawn furniture and trash cans, that could become airborne during high winds. Construction companies should secure equipment and properly dispose of debris. Other storm preparedness actions should include the following:

  • Gather flashlights, batteries, and a portable radio in the event of a power outage.
  • Keep water and canned/packaged foods on hand that do not require cooking or refrigeration.
  • Always avoid traveling on or crossing flooded roadways, and heed the public service message, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

Learn more about storm preparedness at www.co.worcester.md.us where you can click on Know Your Zone to view a copy of the Worcester County Evacuation Zone Maps, craft an emergency preparedness kit customized to the needs of your family, and sign up for Code Red emergency alerts.