Charles County 

At 4 p.m. today, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy signed an order declaring a local state of emergency in Charles County.  The declaration is made to ensure the Department of Emergency Services has authority to engage, deploy, and coordinate available resources to protect Charles County residents’ lives and property in the event of severe weather impact from Hurricane Joaquin.  The state of emergency order will be in effect for up to seven days.

The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting heavy rain throughout the end of this week for the State of Maryland. Rainfall is likely to continue at least through the weekend, with the potential of 5 to 10 inches of total precipitation throughout much of the state. Some areas will receive higher amounts, which could produce flooding of rivers, streams, ponds, and low-lying areas.

The Department of Emergency Services encourages residents to prepare for potential flooding, and recommends that residents take the following precautionary actions:
Clean storm drains and gutters on your house to prevent overflow and water buildup.
Don’t wait. Communicate. Know how to get in contact with your friends and family during any emergency.
Fuel up your automobile before any storm.
If you have a basement in your house, shelve household items and make sure any electronic equipment is not lying directly on the floor.
Check to see if you live or work in a flood prone area:
Listen to instructions from local officials and know the current forecast by following your local emergency management office, forecasters, and news stations.

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today signed an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in Maryland in anticipation of heavy rains, potential flooding, and the possibility that Hurricane Joaquin may affect Maryland.

“While the path of Hurricane Joaquin remains uncertain, taking proactive measures is the first step in preparing for extreme weather and will ensure that resources are available in the areas with the greatest need,” said Governor Larry Hogan. “At this time we are strongly encouraging Marylanders to use common sense in the days ahead and look after family members and neighbors who might need assistance. Now is the time to start preparing for possible flooding or any other hazards.”

The Hogan administration has asked State agencies, including the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), to make preparations for the incoming storms.