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Information is available on the READY Frederick County website www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/READY to assist you in formulating your plan. To further assist you, links are also available to the READY.gov federal website and the American Red Cross - Frederick County Chapter. During an emergency, the County’s web site and local TV/radio stations will provide emergency information.
You also want to be prepared to “shelter in place” for 3 days. (For example, a big snow storm.) To shelter comfortably, you will want to have the basics: 1 gallon of water per person per day, food and manual can opener, a week’s supply of prescription medication, battery powered radio with extra batteries, extra batteries for hearing aids or other assistance devices, flashlight with extra batteries, a list of contacts with family members, friends, doctors, and first aid supplies. Any items you normally use that you would need for 3 days should an emergency occur should also be included. If you have a pet, you will need 3 days supply of food and water for each pet. Should you have to evacuate, these supplies should go with you. More extensive lists and information can be found on websites dealing with preparedness, such as www.ready.gov.
It is also a very good idea to have a “go bag” ready in case you have to evacuate either your home or work place. This small bag could include those personal items you would need if you had to leave without any notice as well as copies of financial records, pet’s veterinarian records, extra keys for house and car, cash, spare glasses or other special needs items, such as medications, batteries for assistance devices and copies of family documents.
Ask your supervisor for the company’s emergency plan and make sure you understand fully what their plans and policies are. You may also want to plan and practice an evacuation if the company does not routinely offer drills.
If you need assistance, make sure you coordinate with your supervisor and plan with co-workers in advance so they can provide assistance.
If you have hearing loss, you may also want to consider purchasing a close captioned battery operated TV in case of power outage.
For Frederick County Schools please visit www.FCPS.org
A variety of public and private entities notify local cable news and radio stations.
930 WFMD AMWFRE 99.9 FM WAFY KEY 103.1 FM NBC 25 WHAG - TVCable Channel 19 - Frederick County GovernmentCable Channel 18 - Frederick County Public SchoolsCable Channel 99 - Some of Frederick County's Municipalities, call your town office for more information
These exercises imagine incident-based scenarios that are most likely to occur and the County’s proposed response to the situation, based on available resources. The learning experiences gained from these exercises allow emergency managers to act as facilitators to emergency responders by providing support, expertise, and avenues to obtain resources that may be required to manage a particular incident.
Being aware and staying informed is key to reducing threats to life or property during a disaster. The Division of Emergency Management’s role is to support public safety agencies, continuity of government operations, and to provide reliable and timely information to the public during an emergency. The Emergency Operations Plan provides guidance across County departments, agencies and response organizations by describing an overall emergency response system.
The County offers emergency notifications through a variety of different methods such as text, television, website and radio.
During an emergency, the County’s resources may be scarce. That is why we encourage all residents to plan in advance, with neighbors, friends and family so if you should need assistance, you have people you can call on.
At times, travel restrictions are part of a State of Emergency. This is typically done to allow snowplows to clear the roads. At other times government offices may be closed. A State of Emergency permits government officials to recommend specific actions that citizens should take to insure the safety of their families and homes during the emergency. Each emergency is different, and different factors will impact the decisions made by State officials in response to the incident.
Prohibited parking on roads and streets designated as snow emergency routes and the use of snow tires/chains (most cars now use all weather tires, so changing to "snow" tires is unnecessary).
Once an emergency is in effect, all requirements are in effect until lifted. A Snow Emergency Plan is put into effect by county. Certain exceptions can occur while a snow emergency plan is in effect. A specific route(s) can be lifted and the remainders of the roads in the county still remain under the Snow Emergency Plan. For the most up to date information, it is advised to call the local MSP barrack for the county. In Frederick County, contact the Maryland State Police B Barrack at 301-600-4151. List of Maryland State Police Barracks
WatchA watch is used when conditions are favorable for dangerous weather to occur. The weather is not currently occurring.
WarningA warning means dangerous weather is happening in a certain region or is extremely likely to happen soon.
Weather watches typically come many hours before warnings. For example, a winter storm watch is usually declared for an area from 12 to 36 hours prior to a storm, while a warning indicates that a storm has been observed nearby and is about to hit the area.
AdvisoryAnother type of weather alert is an advisory. An advisory is similar to a warning except that the weather conditions are not as severe.
Although dealing with any disaster in the County will be paramount, the continuity of operations of the County Government must be maintained. Our emergency support functions, which include all County agencies, have established contingency plans to maintain operations to the entire County, even those who may not be affected by disaster.
Frederick County generally does not open warming or cooling centers unless extreme circumstances warrant them, such as the 2010 February Blizzard. If you are in need of a location to warm up/cool down, public libraries and other public buildings are an excellent resource.