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Old 10-25-2012, 02:57 PM
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Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service
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NEWS RELEASE
    Richard Bowers, Fire Chief
    Assistant Chief Scott Graham, Public Information Officer
    Executive Office Building, 101 Monroe Street, 12th Floor, Rockville, Maryland, 20850
    Phone: 240.777.2474 – Media Hotline – 240.777.2442
October 25, 2012


Severe Storm Potentially On The Way…..Are You Ready?

Hopefully most of you have been paying attention the last day or so to Hurricane Sandy and her potential track over the next several days. As of this moment, indications are Sandy will have a potentially historic impact from our area up to New England starting sometime late Sunday through as late as Tuesday.

I encourage everyone to keep a close eye on this as it is an ever changing event. A good source of info, beside your local news coverage, is the National Hurricane Center web site. Take a moment to look around and keep track of this storm.

Also highly encouraged is to make sure your Emergency Preparedness plans are ready and up to date. Now is a good time to check and make sure you have all the tools needed to take care of you and loved ones – especially if your electric power service is knocked out for a few days.

Below, please find some links that I hope you might find useful. I believe it will be well worth your time to go through each to learn more and possibly look at ways you can better prepare for this, or other like, events.

TURN AROUND - DON’T DROWN and Try an Alternate Route! List of Roads That Flood.

National Preparedness Month – Sign Up For Alert Montgomery

Prepare, Plan and Stay Informed – Ready.Gov

After The Storm Tips

Are you prepared for a disaster? From Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Again, stay informed and be ready! We will have more information on this site as appropriate.

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Old 10-25-2012, 09:36 PM
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 For Immediate Release
October 25, 2012


Hurricane Sandy May Impact Region in Coming Days

Residents Can Take Steps Now to Prepare for Hurricanes and Other Emergencies

There is a possibility that Hurricane Sandy may impact the Washington D.C. region in the days ahead. Should predictions show that the hurricane will hit our area, officials remind residents that they should prepare for the possibility of high winds, power outages and flooding. The hurricane season traditionally runs through November.

Anyone who has not already signed up for the County’s Alert Montgomery notification system is encouraged to do so by going to https://alert.montgomerycountymd.gov and selecting the types of emergency alerts they are interested in receiving regarding weather, severe traffic, schools, park and government facilities, athletic fields and public events; along with the devices they would like the messages sent to (cell phones, text pagers, wireless PDAs, home and work emails).

During severe weather and all other times, residents are reminded to call 911 only in emergencies that threaten life or property, which include any type of fire or serious medical condition, when there is fear for personal safety or the safety of others, or during a crime in progress. Calling 911 for the wrong reason or calling the number inadvertently may keep someone else from getting the help they need. Residents SHOULD NOT call 911 to ask for directions; check on power, phone, or cable outages; inquire about road or weather conditions; check on the status of school closings; ask for information about public services; or to report situations that are not emergencies. If 911 is called by mistake, the caller should stay on the line until the call taker can confirm that the caller does not require emergency assistance.

Whenever a hurricane threatens a region, a hurricane watch will be issued within 24-36 hours. A hurricane warning will be issued if hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours or less. Hurricane conditions include winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) or greater, and/or dangerously high tides and waves. Actions to protect life and property should begin whenever a warning is issued.

Below are some more preparedness tips for hurricanes and other storms:

Before a Storm
  • Put copies of important documents in a safe place, preferably a waterproof container. Important documents can include passports, birth certificates, insurance policies or anything else that might be needed immediately or cannot be easily replaced.

  • Have enough cash for a few days – ATM’s may not work during power outages and stores might not be able to take debit and credit cards.

  • Make sure vehicle gas tanks are full.

  • Secure or bring inside exterior items that might become windborne, such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools.

  • Fill prescriptions that might be needed and stock up on any necessary medical supplies.

  • Keep flashlights and battery-powered radios with extra batteries on hand, along with a basic first aid kit, emergency food and water, and a non-electric can opener. Have enough non-perishable food and water for at least 72 hours.

  • Listen to the radio or television for hurricane progress reports.

  • Clean out gutters.

  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting in anticipation of a power outage. Open the doors only when necessary and close quickly.

  • Refrain from putting out trash cans the night before the regular pickup.
During a Storm
  • Avoid using candles for lighting. Use a battery-powered flashlight.

  • Never use a candle when fueling equipment such as a kerosene heater or lantern, since the candle flame can ignite fumes from the fuel.

  • Try to stay in an interior room or away from windows.

  • Stay calm and do not call 911 unless it is an emergency.

  • If flooding occurs, turn off electricity at the main breaker.

  • During a power outage, turn off major appliances. This will minimize losing power again through a power surge and protect the equipment when power returns.

  • Do not go outside. Flying debris from high winds is a danger. As the eye of the storm passes, there will be a short period of calm followed by rapid wind speed increases to hurricane force that will come from the opposite direction.
After a Storm
  • Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires of any kind under any circumstances. Stay away from puddles with wires in or near them. Do not touch trees or other objects in contact with power lines.
  • USE PHONES ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES. Call 911 only for life-threatening situations.

  • Call police or utility companies immediately to report hazards such as downed power lines, broken gas or water mains or overturned gas tanks.

  • Avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road –motorists can be stranded or trapped. The depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.

  • For downed trees on public property, call 311 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays (or 240-777-0311 from outside the County or from a cell phone) or go to www.mc311.com at any time to report the problem. If live wires are involved, the tree is blocking a roadway, the tree is on a structure, or if persons are trapped under the fallen tree, call 911.

  • Trees that have fallen on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. The County’s Office of Consumer Protection advises homeowners to deal with established businesses only, and to call Consumer Protection first to check a business’ complaint record. Consumer Protection can be reached at 240-777-3636 or www.montgomerycountymd.gov/consumer.

  • For non-emergency police assistance, call the police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000.

  • If case of a power outage, residents are urged to take steps to ensure that food left in the refrigerator and freezer is safe. According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, meat, poultry, fish and eggs should be refrigerated at 40° F and frozen food at or below 0° F, which may be difficult with a prolonged power outage. Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. A refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if it is unopened. Food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, soft cheeses, butter and leftover cooked meats, casseroles and pizza should be thrown out if they have been held above 40° F for over two hours. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. To be sure a particular food is cold enough; take its temperature with a food thermometer. Never taste food to determine its safety.

  • Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves or generators indoors.
Important Utility Numbers:

Pepco: 1-877-737-2662
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E): 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123
Potomac Edison (Allegheny Power): 1-800-255-3443
Washington Gas: 800-752-7520
WSSC: 1-800-828-4002
For more information about emergency preparedness, go to the County website, www.montgomerycountymd.gov, check the County’s Facebook page, or sign up to receive County tweets from Twitter, http://twitter.com/#!/MontgomeryCoMD.

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Old 10-26-2012, 09:28 PM
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City of Takoma Park
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7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2012
Public Information Office             
301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901

Forecasts show that Hurricane Sandy will be move into the area on Sunday and may stay in the area for several days. Meteorologists expect a rare mix of three big merging weather systems. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecaster Jim Cisco, who coined the nickname Frankenstorm, said: "We don't have many modern precedents for what the models are suggesting."

Government forecasters said there is a 90 percent chance - up from 60 percent two days earlier - that the east will get pounded. "It's almost a week-long, five-day, six-day event," he said from a NOAA forecast center in College Park, Md. "It's going to be a widespread, serious storm."

The effects of a hurricane or tropical storm can be far-reaching.

Areas impacted directly by a hurricane or tropical storm can be affected by high winds and flooding, especially along waterways and in low-lying areas. Fringe areas of these storms are vulnerable to tornadoes and in-land flooding caused by heavy rain.

A hurricane watch is issued if there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours. A warning is issued when hurricane conditions are expected in a specified area in 24 hours or less.

Hurricane conditions include winds of 74 miles per hour (64 knots) or greater, and/or dangerously high tides and waves. Actions to protect life and property should begin immediately when the warning is issued.

Hurricane Preparedness Tips
  • Keep flashlights and battery-powered radios with extra batteries on hand, along with a basic first aid kit, emergency food and water, and a non-electric can opener.

  • Listen to the radio or television for hurricane progress reports.

  • Bring in outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools; or anchor objects that cannot be brought inside but that could be wind-tossed.

  • Remove outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools; or anchor objects that cannot be brought inside but that could be wind-tossed.

  • Clean out gutters.

  • Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting in anticipation of a power outage. Open the door only when necessary and close quickly.

  • Refrain from putting out trash cans the night before the regular pickup.
During Power Outages
  • Keep a sufficient supply of flashlights and extra batteries on hand to provide lighting during power outages.

  • Avoid using candles for lighting. Use a battery-powered flashlight.

  • Never use a candle when fueling equipment such as a kerosene heater or lantern, since the candle flame can ignite fumes from the fuel.
Flooding
  • In anticipation of possible flooding, residents are encouraged to store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container; and avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road - you can be stranded or trapped. The depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious.
Night Time Safety
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.
High Winds
  • For downed trees on public property, residents should call the Police non-emergency number at 301-270-1100. To report trees that have fallen on utility lines, contact the local utility companies. “Hot” wires or sparking wires, especially those across roadways, may be reported by calling 9-1-1.

  • Trees that have fallen on private property are the responsibility of the property owner. The County’s Office of Consumer Protection advises homeowners to deal with established businesses only, and to call Consumer Protection first to check on a business complaint record. Consumer Protection can be reached at 240-777-3636.

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Maryland Urges Hurricane Preparedness Plans to Include Pets

ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 26, 2012) – With Hurricane Sandy’s approach, it is important to include pets in your disaster preparedness plans.

If you must evacuate, take pets with you and have a plan on where to send them. Not all shelters allow pets. If you need to locate a shelter for your pet during an emergency or disaster, listen to the radio for instructions from local civil authorities, or contact the county emergency operations center to find a shelter that accepts pets. Maryland has a Pet Sheltering Plan, which will activate when mass care evacuation centers open.

For a list of local emergency management offices
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The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) recommends that, in the event of a disaster, owners of companion animals:
  • Prepare an animal evacuation kit as detailed by the American Veterinary Medical Association. http://www.avma.org/disaster
  • Take copies of your pet’s vaccination history and medical records with you.
  • Make sure your pet wears a collar with identification (tattoo, ID tag, microchip, etc.) that includes a phone number.
  • Bring a crate, leash, at least a three-day supply of food, water, and all medication your pet takes, and a few of your pet’s favorite toys.
  • Keep a current photo of your pet, in case it gets lost.
“Your animals depend on you to be prepared in the event of a disaster situation,” said Maryland State Veterinarian Dr. Guy Hohenhaus. “Take the extra time now to create a comprehensive disaster plan to ensure the safety and well-being of you, your family, and your pets.”

For more information about disaster planning, contact the Maryland Emergency Management Agency at 1-877-MEMA-USA or log on to www.mema.maryland.gov.
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State Highway Administration Readies for Hurricane Sandy

High Winds, Coastal Surge, Rain/Flooding Possible;
Travelers Must Use Extra Caution Driving/Walking


Updated Traffic Information Always Available by Dialing 511

(October 26, 2012) – A massive coastal storm threatens to bring heavy rain, high winds, widespread power outages and a coastal storm surge to the mid-Atlantic region, including Maryland. Hurricane Sandy is a huge slow moving storm with wide-ranging impacts anticipated regardless of where she makes landfall. State Highway Administration (SHA) crews are preparing by clearing drains, fueling up, stocking road signs and readying chain saws and other equipment. In addition, SHA's teams are preparing for the possibility of snow in Western Maryland. With leaves still on most trees, significant tree damage and power outages are a major concern.

“This is a dangerous storm on many levels. Trees could be damaged by heavy rains and high winds, making them susceptible to falling,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Since this storm is likely to impact the entire State, each SHA maintenance shop is preparing equipment. During the storm, travel conditions will be hazardous and motorists should expect that there could be delays and detours for days after as crews clean up. ”
Remember, a new law enacted this summer mandates drivers must treat intersections with non-functioning traffic signals as four-way stops. Do not assume that you or the other driver has the right-of-way; make eye contact if possible and proceed safely through the intersection.

To keep traffic moving smoothly, SHA will:
  • Provide real-time traffic information and storm-related road closures through Maryland’s 511 phone system and at WWW.MD511.ORG as well as www.roads.maryland.gov where you can click on CHART to see live traffic cameras.

  • Program overhead Variable Message Signs along major roadways and Traveler Advisory Radios to inform motorists of crashes, delays and route diversions. However, smaller routes prone to flooding may not be listed as they happen quickly and often go unreported. Just because a road isn't listed as problematic on these resources, conditions change quickly, so use caution and allow extra time regardless.
Here are some additional tips for motorists:
  • Do not try to cross a flooded roadway. Eighty percent of flood-related deaths occur in vehicles. Two feet of rapidly moving water can float a bus and six inches can knock a person off his or her feet.

  • Avoid downed or damaged power and transmission wires and cables.

  • Stay alert for animals, such as deer, that will be fleeing dangerous areas and crossing roadways.

  • Stay alert for traffic signal issues related to power outages. Use extreme caution and do not assume the other drivers will stop or yield.

  • Prepare your vehicle by filling the gas tank, checking tire pressure and washer fluid, charging your cell phone and bringing snacks for you and passengers.

  • SHA urges motorists to exercise extreme caution as weather conditions change. If you must drive, please buckle up and obey posted speed limits.
In conjunction with other agencies and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), SHA is monitoring the storm from the Statewide Operations Center (SOC) near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. During hurricanes, snow storms and other crises, the SOC doubles as SHA’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) providing access to hundreds of camera images, constant contact with field personnel and quick response to changing conditions. From the EOC, SHA communicates with local jurisdictions, neighboring states, emergency responders and the media.

SHA’s Emergency Management team runs through a thorough checklist including: participating in National Weather Service and Delmarva Emergency Task Force conference calls; inspecting and cleaning storm drains, drainage ditches and inlets; testing and verifying critical equipment parts and supplies; reviewing evacuation plans; identifying potential road construction issues along evacuation corridors. SHA crews are also ready to deploy high water signs as needed.

Other SHA precautionary actions include the following:
  • Fueling emergency generators;
  • Acquiring additional fuel;
  • Checking chain saws, wood chippers and other equipment;
  • Clearing roadside drainage systems;
  • Notifying contractors SHA may need their services;
  • Placing signal technicians on stand-by.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency stresses awareness and preparedness as Hurricane Sandy approaches Maryland. Go to www.mema.state.md.us for the latest storm track and preparedness information.

For themost up to date highway traffic information, call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit www.md511.org, which also includes weather. Sign up to personalize travel route information through MY511 on the website. Remember to use 511 safely – Maryland law prohibits hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.

For emergency information, log onto MEMA. For more general - non storm specific information, follow SHA on Twitter @MDSHA and “like” us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/MarylandStat...Administration
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HEADQUARTERS: PIKESVILLE, MD 21208
(410)486-3101 TTY For Hearing Impaired (410)486-0677
Toll Free: 1-800-525-5555
 October 26, 2012


Troopers Ready for Storm Response

(PIKESVILLE, MD) -- In coordination with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency and local emergency officials, Maryland State Police personnel are prepared to respond when and where they will be needed during and after the impending storm.

Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Marcus Brown has ordered all troopers within the Field Operations and Special Operations bureaus to be prepared for deployment to areas of need throughout the state. These bureaus include the road patrol force, as well as specialized teams such as the Underwater Recovery Team, the Aviation Command, and the Special Operations Division. Troopers not normally assigned to road patrol duties have been notified of possible patrol assignments if needed. All troopers are subject to immediate recall to duty if needed.

All barrack commanders have ensured four-wheel drive vehicles are available for use. They have tested their barrack generators and ensured they are operational in the event of a power failure. Troopers have replenished their supply of road flares and other equipment needed for storm response. Troopers in Western Maryland are prepared for a cold weather response should the storm cause snow in that region.

Barrack commanders will also be ready to assign a trooper to each local emergency operation center that opens, in order to provide state assistance if needed. State Police command staff will also be present at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency Statewide Operations Center to coordinate response efforts there in cooperation with other state agencies.

In the event of power failures, motorists are reminded of Maryland’s new law concerning non-functioning traffic lights. The law requires all drivers approaching an intersection with a non-functioning traffic signal to stop. Drivers may proceed only after they have yielded to any vehicles or pedestrians already in the intersection. They must remain stopped until the intersection is clear and it is safe to proceed.

Predictions indicate there is a high risk for flooded roads and downed trees as a result of the pending storm. Drivers are urged to be alert for unexpected hazards, such as trees across roadways or downed power lines. Drivers should reduce speeds in order to reduce the risks of hydroplaning. Drivers should not attempt to drive through standing water. Motorists are reminded that Maryland law requires headlights to be on whenever wipers are activated.

For the latest statewide emergency information, citizens are urged to visit the Maryland Emergency Management Agency website at www.mema.state.md.us. Up to the minute statewide traffic information, including the locations of roads that may be closed due to flooding, is available on-line at www.511md.org, or by calling 511. Road conditions and views of live traffic cameras are also available on the State Highway Administration website at www.roads.maryland.gov. Citizens are urged not to call Maryland State Police barracks simply to check on road conditions. Calls to police or 911 centers during the storm should be for emergency situations only.

The State Police Aviation Command helicopter fleet will be ready to fly as soon as weather permits. State Police helicopter crews have conducted extra hoist rescue training in recent weeks, which included training with the Los Angeles Fire Department. If aerial rescues are needed, State Police helicopter crews will be ready to respond.

Engineers and inspectors from the Office of the State Fire Marshal are on standby to assist with building inspections if needed. Deputy state fire marshals are also on alert and will be dispatched through MEMA if needed.

Colonel Brown urges citizens to heed the Governor’s advice and the instructions of local emergency officials. That advice includes staying off the roads during the storm and not driving into flooded roadways and risk being stranded.

“Use common sense,” Colonel Brown said. “Do not go out unnecessarily and risk creating an emergency rescue situation. The men and women of the Maryland State Police will be on patrol and ready to respond in coordination with our state and local partners.”

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WSSC Prepares for Storm Arrival

Laurel – (October 26, 2012): As Hurricane Sandy heads toward our region, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is taking precautions to ensure our facilities and staff are ready to maintain service to our customers.

Some of the steps we are taking include:
  • Making sure water distribution system is full
  • Moving portable equipment into place, including generators
  • Fueling vehicles and fuel storage containers
  • Topping off chemical storage tanks
  • Stocking additional emergency supplies
  • Critical personnel have been alerted to be at our facilities as long as necessary
  • Employees at these critical locations are making sure they have adequate food/water/supplies and sleeping arrangements should they need to stay on duty for a prolonged period of time
Because our water reservoir levels are low, we don’t anticipate the need to release water from the dams. However, high winds coupled with the amount of leaves still on trees could result in severe and possibly prolonged power outages to our major facilities. WSSC is working with the counties and utilities to coordinate preparedness.

“Although the WSSC staff is accustomed to dealing with water and sewer issues during all kinds of extreme weather, we are taking the forecasts very seriously that Hurricane Sandy could strike our region in the coming days and making the additional preparations,“ said Production Team Chief Jay Price, who coordinates WSSC’s emergency preparations and response. “Regardless of the weather, we will do everything possible and take every precaution to provide clean, safe drinking water with minimal disruption.”

Should problems arise, WSSC will provide updates on our website, through local media and social media, including the WSSC Mobile App.

We recommend having extra water on hand; at least a gallon a day per person (more if you have pets) should the storm hit. You can fill clean containers with WSSC tap water. Containers with tight lids are best.

Check out our Facebook page for other tips on preparing for unusual weather.
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October 26, 2012


Hurricane Sandy Recreation Program Information

There is a possibility that Hurricane Sandy may impact the Washington D.C. region in the days ahead. Should predictions show that the hurricane will hit our area; officials remind residents that they should prepare for the possibility of high winds, power outages and flooding. The hurricane season traditionally runs through November.

Anyone who has not already signed up for the County’s Alert Montgomery notification system is encouraged to do so by going to: https://alert.montgomerycountymd.gov and selecting the types of emergency alerts they are interested in receiving.

Please see the following press release for important information about storm preparation now.

http://www6.montgomerycountymd.gov/a....asp?PrID=8912

Montgomery County Recreation closures or cancellations are determined by the following:
  • Montgomery County Recreation (MCR) holds programs in Department community, senior, aquatic centers, public schools, park facilities, and private facilities. The Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF) determines the cancellation of MCR-scheduled programs.

  • Weekdays and weekends when community activities in schools are closed due to weather conditions, all MCR programs are cancelled, regardless of facility.

  • Classes and programs will NOT meet when public schools are closed for the holidays.

  • * On weekdays, when schools are closed all day due to inclement weather or civil emergency, ALL countywide Recreation community center activities, games, practices and classes are cancelled, regardless of location;

  • * When schools have a delayed opening, Tiny Tots classes that begin prior to noon are cancelled, but all other recreation and community center activities will meet as scheduled;

  • * On weekends, closures are determined by the Community Use of Public Facilities (CUPF). You may call the Recreation Inclement Weather Line at 240-777-6889, or call CUPF at 240-777-2706. If these facilities are closed, then ALL scheduled Recreation Department activities, games, practices and classes are cancelled;

  • * In the event that scheduled programs are cancelled, aquatic and community centers may be open for drop-in activities. Please call the facilities directly for information.
Closures and cancellations are announced on WTOP-FM 103.5, WWWT-AM 1500 and WMAL-AM 630.

For information on cancellation of sports and classes, call 240-777-6889.
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Metro Prepares for Sandy

Preparations are well underway -- both on Metrobus and Metrorail -- for the possible effects of Hurricane Sandy.
  • Metro is planning to place sandbags around locations where water can infiltrate the Metrorail system.
  • Additional support personnel have been scheduled to be on duty throughout the storm to respond to any situations that may arise.
  • All drainage pumping stations are being checked in advance of the storm and will be monitored throughout the storm.
  • Metro's plant maintenance staff is clearing drainage areas near stations and yards.
  • Chainsaws will be deployed in Metro motor vehicles for use in the event of downed trees.
  • Supervisors will monitor critical locations, such as bus garages, parking garages, and flood-prone areas throughout the storm.
  • Metro is coordinating with local jurisdictions and the Federal Government through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
Customer Advice
  • The best advice for Metro customers before the storm is to sign up for MetroAlerts. Metro will provide the latest bus and rail service information throughout the storm via MetroAlerts (sign up at wmata.com/metroalerts), online at wmata.com/sandy and via Twitter @wmata.
  • Metrobuses and MetroAccess vehicles will detour around downed trees and flooded streets, as necessary. Please allow additional travel time.
  • Use caution on wet surfaces, including platforms and escalators.
  • Do not carry open umbrellas within the Metrorail system.
  • Customers are reminded to stand back from platform edges or curbs – especially given the potential for high winds during the storm.
For the latest information
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 For Immediate Release
October 26, 2012


Montgomery County Prepares for Possible Effects of Hurricane Sandy

Residents are urged to take warnings seriously, sign up for Alert
Montgomery, begin personal preparations and be aware of new traffic law

Montgomery County Government officials are taking steps to prepare for the possible impact of Hurricane Sandy on our region and urge residents to begin their personal emergency preparations. This is expected to be a slow moving/long lasting system with gusty tropical storm force winds, heavy rain and flooding. The National Weather Service (NWS) advises that the best forecast to provide specifics for impacts in our region won’t be until Saturday, possibly even Sunday. NWS forecasters note the main concerns are wind damaged trees and downed power lines.

Traffic safety will be of utmost importance during periods of heavy rain and high winds. Please be reminded that as of October 1, 2012, by law a driver approaching a non-functioning traffic control signal from any direction at an intersection must stop at a clearly marked stop line; before entering any crosswalk; or before entering the intersection. After stopping, the driver must yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection; and remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection. Violations of the new law carry a fine of $90 and two points if the offense does not contribute to an accident. If the violation contributes to a collision, the fine is $130 and three points.

County departments are currently working from hurricane preparedness checklists for staff, equipment and contractors to make sure that all are ready for emergency activation. Some of the pre-planning includes: plans for debris removal and traffic control, identifying possible shelter locations, working to clear catch basins in areas known to flood, checking area dams and preparing emergency rescue teams.

Comprehensive preparedness information was released yesterday and is available on the County’s website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov. Community members are encouraged to keep informed of weather conditions and the storm’s progress through the local media. The County will continue to provide information to the public prior to and throughout the storm period through the mainstream media and social media. Anyone who hasn’t signed up for the County’s Alert Montgomery notification system is strongly encouraged to do so by going to: https://alert.montgomerycountymd.gov and selecting the types of emergency alerts they are interested in receiving regarding weather, severe traffic, schools, park and government facilities, athletic fields and public events; along with the devices they would like the messages sent to (cell phones, text pager, wireless PDSs, home and work emails).

With the strong possibility of power outages, community members are encouraged to have car chargers available for their cell phones, batteries for a battery-operated radio, and a personal plan for how to access information when residential power is out. Residents are asked to check on their neighbors this weekend to make sure that they are aware of the impending storm and have the supplies they will need.

Other actions that should be taken prior to Sunday evening when the storm is predicted to begin include:
  • Stocking/re-stocking emergency supply kits (including extra batteries, etc.) prior to Sunday evening.

  • On Saturday clean out gutters, storm drains, etc. (keeping drains clear of trash, leaves and branches) so rainwater can easily flow, reducing possible flooding.

  • Keep up to date with local conditions – follow TV and radio reports from your area, or visit www.weather.gov (http://mobile.weather.gov on your phone) for the latest forecast.

  • Remember food safety – power outages and flooding may happen as a result of a tropical storm or hurricane, so have a plan for keeping food safe. Have a cooler on hand to keep food cold, and group food together in the freezer so it stays cold longer.

  • Have an adequate communication plan - be sure friends and family know how to contact you. Teach family members how to use text messaging as text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call can’t get through.

  • Keep in mind, hurricanes bring heavy rains, storm surges, and possible flooding events. Avoid walking or driving through any flooded areas – it takes only six inches of fast-moving flood water to knock over an adult and two feet to move a vehicle. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

  • For those who may be in the path of Sandy, hurricane safety tips are right on your phone by downloading these useful apps:

  • FEMA – Android, Apple, Blackberry

  • American Red Cross “Hurricane” app – Android, Apple
To find the latest Hurricane Sandy forecast from the National Hurricane Center go to www.hurricanes.gov (http://hurricanes.gov/mobile from a cell phone)

For more information or assistance from Montgomery County government go to www.mc311.com or call 3-1-1 (240-777-0311 from a cell phone).
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For Immediate ReleaseOctober 26, 2012


Community Day Events on October 29 Postponed

Due to the forecasted impact of Hurricane Sandy, Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr has postponed his Community Day events in the Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder and Watkins Mill clusters, scheduled for Monday, October 29. This includes the town hall meeting with parents, scheduled for Monday night.

The Community Day events in the Damascus, Gaithersburg, Magruder and Watkins Mill clusters have been rescheduled for Thursday, November 29, 2012.

This announcement is ONLY related to Community Day activities and no changes have been announced in school operations. A decision about school operations on October 29 will be made no later than 5 a.m. on Monday and will be announced through the usual emergency communication methods. A list of those methods can be found on the MCPS website.

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Hurricane Sandy Edition -
October 26, 2012

The idea of a "Frankenstorm" is certainly NOT my idea of a fun way to celebrate Halloween. Nevertheless, it looks as if Hurricane Sandy may have us in her ghoulish sights.  If you haven't already, I hope that you will take some time before the storm's arrival to make sure you and your family are prepared for what could be a tremendous weather event. I am sharing these thoughts with you as of 5:45 PM on Friday, and we obviously don't know the extent to which our region will bear the brunt of this storm. But I would rather you be more prepared than not prepared enough.

 

Our County has had this storm in sight from the beginning, and our people believe we are as prepared as we can be. Of principal concern of course is power. The combination of a weak distribution system and a strong storm is not good.  With the possibility that trees will be down throughout our region, Pepco is already forecasting a "multi-day outage event." High winds compound the problem -- crews can not go out when the winds are above 35 miles per hour. Pepco has advised us that they have already asked for mutual assistance crews from as far away as Tennessee, but crews will be called by many utilities throughout the mid- Atlantic and Northeast. I do hope that they have improved their communication operations since the Derecho storm this past June, but only time will tell...   

 

The good news is the Maryland Public Service Commission reevaluated its prior position, as I had urged, and ruled today that starting immediately, Pepco will not be able to bill customers for power not delivered - even within the first 24 hours.  The Commission's ruling affirmed the position of the County and our allies - the Town of Somerset and Power Up MontCo - that it was inherently unfair for Pepco to recover these dollars, given the financial strain families face during outages, and that allowing recovery was inconsistent with the goal of improving reliability.  I commend the Commission for taking this necessary action.  

 

Please be safe this weekend, and, if you're able, check in on neighbors and friends as well.  As information could change quickly after distribution of this message, I hope that you will register for Alert Montgomery, which will send updates to cell phones or email accounts as information becomes available.  

 

Sincerely,


 

Roger Berliner

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Pepco
Pepco Update

Earlier today, Pepco distributed this press release regarding their preparations for Hurricane Sandy.  

 

I understand that Pepco has "locked in" hundreds of additional contractors and have already asked for mutual assistance crews from as far away as Tennessee.  They are anticipating that "tens or even hundreds of thousands of customers" could lose power - I certainly hope this is not the case.         

  
Pepco App
To report an outage, call Pepco at 1-877-PEPCO-62 and press "1".
Pepco asks that even if you think a neighbor has already reported your street as experiencing an outage, that you still call to report your home as out also. 

If you have access to the internet, you can also report outages at Pepco's website.  They also have a mobile phone app available for free download at the App Store.

 

To report a downed wire, call Pepco at 1-877-PEPCO-62 and press "2".   Of course, never go near any downed wires. 

Pepco is urging its customers to take the following precautions, among others, in advance of the storm: 

-Assemble an emergency "storm kit".  Include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers. 

-Keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available. 
 
-Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand. 

-If you or someone you know uses life-support equipment that requires electricity to operate, identify a location with emergency power capabilities and make plans to go there or to a hospital during a prolonged outage.   
Trees

Downed TreeHurricane Sandy could result in a significant number of fallen trees and limbs.

 

If the tree is down on public property:   

Call 311 (or 240-777-0311 from a cell phone).  Or, you can go to the 311 website at any time to report the problem.  

 

If the tree is down on private property:

It is the responsibility of the property owner.  The County's Office of Consumer Protection advises homeowners to deal with established tree removal businesses only, and to call Consumer Protection first to check a business's record.  Consumer Protection can be reached at 240-777-3636.

 

Call 911 if:

Live wires are involved, the tree is blocking a roadway, the tree is on a structure, or if someone is trapped under the fallen tree.

  

Food Safety

Food SafetyBecause Hurricane Sandy could result in a multi-day outage, I would urge you to take steps to ensure that food left in the refrigerator and freezer is safe.  

 

According to the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service, meat, poultry, fish and eggs should be refrigerated at 40° F and frozen food at or below 0° F, which may be difficult with a prolonged power outage.   

 

Keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. A refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if it is unopened. Food such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, soft cheeses, butter and leftover cooked meats, casseroles and pizza should be thrown out if they have been held above 40° F for over two hours. A full freezer will hold the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. To be sure a particular food is cold enough; take its temperature with a food thermometer, if you have one.  Never taste food to determine its safety.

  

Alert Montgomery

Alert MontgomeryIf you have not already, I would strongly urge you to sign up for Alert Montgomery.  Alert Montgomery allows you to receive timely updates on storm-related information to cell phones or email accounts.  

  

Important
Contact Information 

Pepco  

To report an outage:

- 1-877-PEPCO-62 and press "1" or 

- use their website if you have Internet access or 

- use the Pepco App from your mobile phone 

 

To report a downed wire:

- 1-877-PEPCO-62 and press "2" 

 

Trees

To report a fallen tree on public property:

- Dial 311 / 240-777-0311 from a mobile phone or 

- Report it here 

 

Food Safety

Check the USDA website for FAQs and precautions 

 

Emergency Shelters

Check the County's website or call 311 / 240-777-0311 from a mobile phone for the latest information 

 

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October 26, 2012


Rockville Prepares For Possible Effects of Expected Storm

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Rockville, Md., October 26, 2012 - As the region awaits Hurricane Sandy, Rockville crews have begun to prepare for possible effects of the storm. The storm is expected to be long-lasting, with high winds and rain.

As City officials work to prepare for the storm, residents are asked to prepare themselves and their families. Comprehensive preparedness information is available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov. If residents suffer a power outage, they can receive updates to be delivered on their smart phones by signing up for Alert Rockville or by following us on Twitter or Facebook. Link to www.rockvillemd.gov/connections for a list of ways to stay in touch with the City.

For a list of closures related to the storm, please visit the City's website at www.rockvillemd.gov/weather/weather_closings.

If power outages occur at signalized intersections, residents are reminded that the intersection must be treated as a four-way stop.

Under the law, a driver approaching a non-functioning traffic control signal from any direction must stop before entering the crosswalk or intersection. If two vehicles approach an intersection with a non-functioning traffic control signal at the same time, the driver on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on his or her immediate right.

For residents who have a tree emergency, such as a tree blocking a roadway or driveway, please call 240-314-8700. If residents notice a tree touching a power line, please call Pepco at 1-877-737-2662. Residents are advised to stay clear of trees that are touching power lines.

Residents are reminded to call 911 in an emergency. If residents require emergency transport assistance, call the Fire and Rescue Service at 240-773-0027. To report non-emergency items to the Rockville Police Department, call 240-314-8900.
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Storm Update

Got leaves?

If you live in the County's Vacuum Leaf Collection District, or have your leaves vacuumed by a private contractor, and have leaves to set out this week, please:

  • Bag your leaves for curbside yard trim collection, or
  • Wait until after the storm to rake your leaves to the curb.

The anticipated heavy rains are likely to wash leaves along road edges into storm drains, clogging the pipes, and worsening flooding in the County.

After-storm cleanup

If you have fallen branches or trees after the storm, check our Storm Cleanup page for instructions

If you receive our curbside yard trim collection service, please use it for your cleanups when possible. Set your branches and limbs out over several weeks, rather than all at once.

For items too large for curbside collection, please wait until emergency actions to remove trees from roads and power lines are completed before bringing material to the Shady Grove Processing Facility and Transfer Station.

Stay in touch

In addition to our email and text messages to you, check our collection service and facility status:

Until next time, stay safe!


Use this iCal link to add our holiday schedule for recycling and trash collection to your electronic calendar (Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook, etc.):
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For Immediate Release          October 28, 2012

Recycling, Leaf Pick up Cancelled in Gaithersburg

In anticipation of the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the City of Gaithersburg has cancelled recycling and leaf pick up for Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30. Pick ups for later in the week will be assessed pending weather conditions. For information visit the City's website at www.gaithersburgmd.gov or call the Department of Public Works at 301-258-6370.
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October 28, 2012


Montgomery County Urges Community
to Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

Residents reminded: Public schools closed Monday, Tuesday; Do not rake leaves onto street; trash/recycling/yard trim collections cancelled Monday, Tuesday; Early Voting Cancelled Monday; Shelters to Open Monday noon

In preparation for the arrival and impact of Hurricane Sandy, Montgomery County has issued the following updates and reminders for residents:

Public Schools Closed

Montgomery County Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday, October 29 and 30. All community use activities in public schools are cancelled Monday and Tuesday, as well.

Scheduled Recreation Activities

All Montgomery Recreation scheduled activities are cancelled on Monday, October 29.

Alert Montgomery

If you have not done so already, it is important to sign up for Alert Montgomery at https://alert.montgomerycountymd.gov. Community members are advised to print out the safety messages currently posted on the County website, www.montgomerycountymd.gov and on other emergency websites so they can be available for referral after power is lost.

Critical Safety Information
  • Dial 9-1-1 for a life-threatening emergency;

  • Call 3-1-1 (240-777-0311 from a cell phone) for questions regarding County Government services, programs and/or issues or go to www.MC311.com for online help. MC311.com is available on smart phones. The MC311 call center will open at 6 a.m. Monday and be activated to provide information throughout the duration of the effects of Hurricane Sandy;

  • Call 301-279-8000 for police-related non-emergency calls.
Leaves, Trash and Recycling

In an effort to keep County storm drains open, residents are urged not to rake leaves to the curb or into the street. The anticipated heavy rains are likely to wash any leaves along the edge of the roads into storm drains and clog the pipes worsening flooding in the County. For more information, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/solidwaste. Residents are urged to clean their gutters before the rain begins.

Montgomery County has cancelled its trash and recycling collections on Monday and Tuesday. If conditions have improved by mid week, the Division of Solid Waster Services will institute a "slide" -- Monday customers will be picked up on Wednesday, Tuesday customers, on Thursday, Wednesday customers, on Friday; Thursday customers, on Saturday; and Friday customers on Sunday, with normal service expected to resume on Monday, November 5. If you (or your community) have a private contract for your trash collection, or if you live in a municipality, our schedule announcements may not apply to your trash service -- check with your hauler or community manager.

Early Voting

Governor Martin J. O’Malley has announced that due to the storm, early voting on Monday October 29, has been cancelled. For more information and updates on Early Voting, visit www.777vote.org.

Ride On

Current plans call for Ride On to operate a normal schedule on Monday. However, residents are advised that schedules may change depending on the latest conditions

Shelters

Beginning at noon on Monday, Montgomery County will open shelters at the following locations: White Oak Community Recreation Center, people and pets, at 1700 April La. Silver Spring; the Activity Center at Bohrer Park for people only, at 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg; and the Mid- County Community Recreation Center for people only, 2004 Queensguard Rd., Silver Spring.

Those going to shelters are advised to bring prescription medicines, critical phone numbers, and any comfort items such as personal pillows. Residents taking their pets to the White Oak shelter are advised that the shelter will be capable of housing dogs, cats, and small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits. The shelter will be staffed by the County Animal Services Division and the volunteer County Animal Response Team (CART).

The homeless shelters --Gude Men's, 600 E. Gude Dr., Rockville; Progress Place, 8210 Colonial La., Silver Spring; and Wilkins Avenue Women's Shelter, 12250 Wilkins Ave., Rockville -- are all prepared to serve those who arrive.

County Parking Lots and Garages

Montgomery County parking lots and garages will operate under normal rules.

Reporting Power Outages

Residents should report any power outages directly to their local power company:
Drive with caution

Drive with caution. Avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road, which could lead to becoming stranded or trapped because the depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.

Reporting Downed Trees

For downed trees on public property, Montgomery County residents should call -3-1-1 starting at 6 a.m. on October 29 or 240-777-0311 from outside the county or from a cell phone, or file a report at www.MC311.com. If live wires are involved, the tree is blocking a roadway, the tree is on a structure or if anyone is trapped under a fallen tree, call 9-1-1.

General Reminders

Use extreme caution when cleaning up storm damage on your property. Downed or damaged power lines can send electrical currents through tree branches and metal fences, so survey the area carefully - especially if you'll be using a pruning pole, ax or chainsaw.

Have your emergency supplies conveniently located (create an emergency kit), non-perishable food ready (don’t forget baby food and pet food if needed) and make extra ice stored in plastic bags to use in a cooler

Keep up to date with local weather conditions by TV, radio, or website

Check on friends, neighbors and family especially our vulnerable population, to ensure they are prepared

Have an effective communication plan – text messaging can often get around network disruptions when a phone call can’t get through
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City of Gaithersburg Press Release
For Immediate Release          October 28, 2012

City of Gaithersburg Weather-related Cancellations and Notices

Liberal leave is in effect for non-essential City of Gaithersburg personnel on Monday, Oct. 29.

Notifications for Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 30:
  • It is anticipated that the Activity Center at Bohrer Park will be opened on Monday as one of Montgomery County's regional shelters, operated by the American Red Cross. Details will be posted as available.

  • Senior and Youth Centers closed.

  • Activity Center opening at 8 a.m. except when activated as an emergency shelter

  • All morning, afternoon and evening classes, activities and sports are cancelled. Water Exercise Classes held at the Quince Orchard Swim & Tennis Club are also cancelled for today.

  • ther City facility closures and meeting statuses will be determined on Monday, Oct. 29.

  • The City has cancelled recycling and leaf pick up for Monday and Tuesday. Pick ups for later in the week will be assessed pending weather conditions.
Any additional notices will be posted on the City website at http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov
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Storm Update for Sunday, October 28, 2012

We have cancelled Montgomery County-provided recycling, yard trim, and trash collection service for Monday and Tuesday, due to the high wind and storm conditions that have been predicted.

After the storm, all collections will slide, and be two days later than normal.

Assuming that roads are passable, we will resume our normal collection schedule on Monday, November 5, 2012.

If you (or your community) have a private contract for your trash collection, or if you live in a municipality, our schedule announcements may not apply to your trash service -- check with your hauler or community manager.

If your collection day is
Your collection day this week is
Monday Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday Thursday, November 1, 2012
Wednesday Friday, November 2, 2012
Thursday Saturday, November 3, 2012
Friday Sunday, November 4, 2012

If you have any questions or concerns about your County-provided collection, please call the Montgomery County Customer Service Center (MC311) at 311 (out-of-County: 240-777-0311, TTY: 301-251-4850)


Use this iCal link to add our holiday schedule for recycling and trash collection to your electronic calendar (Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.):
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MDA Urges Hurricane Preparedness
Plans to Include Horses, Livestock


Fair Hill Open as Safe Have for Horses During Hurricane Sandy

UPDATED 10-28-12: Maryland Park Service (MPS) will be providing safe haven for horses at Fair Hill (Cecil County) if needed. Anyone interested or would like further information should contact MPS Park Manager Wayne Suydan at 410-409-8974 (cell).

ANNAPOLIS, MD (October 28, 2012) – With Hurricane Sandy’s approach, it is important for the agricultural community to include livestock – including horses – in any disaster preparedness plans.

FARM PREPAREDNESS

Anyone in the agricultural community who needs assistance with livestock, including horses, should contact their local emergency operation center. For a list of local emergency management offices, see: http://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/LocalEOC.aspx

MDA recommends the following for farmers and livestock owners to prepare for a hurricane:
  • Move all poultry and livestock to high ground and shelter them in securely battened barns, houses, or tightly fenced areas.

  • If you evacuate and take your horses with you, take all immunization and health records, your emergency kit and sufficient hay and water for a minimum 48 hour period. Call ahead, to make sure that your emergency location is still available.

  • Cover and secure all water, food, and medical supplies for poultry and livestock.

  • Pump and collect adequate supplies of drinking water in case of electrical failures.

  • Top off all gasoline, propane, and other fuel tanks and check operations of all portable generators.

  • Remove or secure all loose objects that could be moved by high winds.

  • Board all glass windows and other similar items that could break from high winds or from objects being blown against them.

  • Ensure that all animal holding areas are as clean and sanitary as possible.

  • Have available portable radios, extra batteries, flashlights, and candles.

  • Follow instructions and advice given by emergency officials.
Notify MDA through MEMA if any agricultural assistance is needed before, during, or after the storm, including injured animals in need of veterinary assistance or dead animals that require disposal.

For additional disaster preparedness tips for horse owners, visit www.marylandhorseindustry.org/disaster.htm.

For more information about disaster planning, contact the Maryland Emergency Management Agency at 1-877-MEMA-USA or log on to www.mema.maryland.gov.
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Early Voting Centers Closed October 29

Maryland Govenor Martin O'Malley Declares State of Emergency

Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has declared a State of Emergency and ordered all Early Voting Centers in Maryland closed on Monday, October 29, 2012.

For more information and updates on Early Voting, please visit www.777vote.org.
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Montgomery College Closed Monday, October 29
and Tuesday, October 30

College closed Monday Oct 29 and Tues Oct 30 due to Hurricane Sandy. All classes/activities canceled.
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MCPS Schools Closed Monday and Tuesday;
Administrative Offices Closed Monday

All Montgomery County Public Schools will be closed on Monday, October 29, and Tuesday, October 30, due to emergency weather conditions related to Hurricane Sandy.

All school and community activities in school buildings are canceled.

Administrative offices are closed Monday, October 29. A determination about the status of administrative offices on Tuesday will be made tomorrow.
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Montgomery County Government to be Closed on Monday, October 29

County Executive Ike Leggett has announced that, due to the severe weather conditions the area will experience from Hurricane Sandy, Montgomery County government offices will be closed Monday, October 29 beginning at 7:00 a.m. A decision for Tuesday, October 30, will be made at a later time.

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October 28, 2012


Rockville Cancels Leaf Collection, Recycling and Refuse Collection

Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Storm

Rockville, Md., October 28 - As Rockville continues to prepare for the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, recycling and refuse pick up has been canceled for Monday and Tuesday. Residents are asked to secure recycling and refuse bins so they do not blow away in high winds. Leaf and yard waste collection is also suspended for Monday and Tuesday. Residents are asked to rake leaves off of curbs so leaves do not enter the storm drains and cause flooding.

Residents should prepare themselves and their families for the effects of the storm and possible power outages. Comprehensive preparedness information is available at www.montgomerycountymd.gov. Residents are urged to stock up on water and other essentials.

If residents suffer a power outage, they can continue to receive updates to be delivered on their smart phones by signing up for Alert Rockville or by following us on Twitter or Facebook. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/connections for a list of ways to stay in touch with the City.

For a list of closures related to the storm, please visit the City's website at www.rockvillemd.gov/weather/weather_closings.

If power outages occur at signalized intersections, residents are reminded that the intersection must be treated as a four-way stop. Under the law, a driver approaching a non-functioning traffic control signal from any direction must stop before entering the crosswalk or intersection. If two vehicles approach an intersection with a non-functioning traffic control signal at the same time, the driver on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on his or her immediate right.

For residents who have a tree emergency, such as a tree blocking a roadway or driveway, call 240-314-8700. If residents notice a tree touching a power line, please call Pepco at 1-877-737-2662. Residents are advised to stay clear of trees that are touching power lines.

Residents are reminded to call 911 in an emergency. If residents require emergency transport assistance, call the Fire and Rescue Service at 240-773-0027. To report non-emergency issues to the Rockville Police Department, call 240-314-8900.
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Metro Announces Full Suspension of
Service for Monday, October 29


Customers encouraged to heed public warnings, avoid travel

In light of updated forecast information from the National Weather Service projecting higher wind speeds, as well as the closure of Federal Government offices in the Washington area and the possibility of widespread commercial power outages, Metro has announced the following service changes for Monday, October 29, 2012:
  • The Metrorail system will be closed on Monday. Rail service on Sunday night will continue operate as scheduled until its normal closing time (midnight). No decision has yet been made on when Metrorail service will be restored after Monday.

  • All Metrobus service will be suspended as of the end of the service day on Sunday and remain suspended until further notice.

  • All MetroAccess service has been cancelled on Monday.
Metro service will only be restored when it is safe to do so. Following the storm, Metro personnel will need to perform a comprehensive damage assessment, including inspections of track, bridges, aerial structures, stations and facilities. Service restoration also will be contingent on adequate commercial power to support operations and repair of any storm-related damage.

Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts for information regarding restoration of service as information is known.

In addition, previously scheduled Public Hearings on Monday and Tuesday have been cancelled.
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Default Montgomery County’s Ride On Bus Service Suspended

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October 28, 2012


Montgomery County’s Ride On Bus Service Suspended

Service to Halt at End of Day Sunday

The Montgomery County Division of Transit Services has announced that all Ride On bus service will be suspended as of the end of the service day on Sunday, October 28 and remain suspended until further notice.
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Default Community Use of Schools and Government Buildings Cancelled for Monday and Tuesday

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Community Use of Schools and Government Buildings Cancelled for Monday and Tuesday

All community use of schools will be cancelled on Monday, October 29, and Tuesday, October 30, due to emergency weather conditions related
to Hurricane Sandy.

Community use in County government buildings will also be cancelled on Monday, October 29th.
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October 28, 2012


City of Rockville Government to be Closed Monday, October 29

All Facilities Will Be Closed, Mayor and Council Meeting is Canceled

Rockville, Md., October 28 - Due to the expected impacts of Hurricane Sandy, the City of Rockville offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, Oct. 29.

Essential personnel must report to work as directed.

All classes, facilities and programs are canceled on October 29. The regularly scheduled Mayor and Council meeting has been canceled as well. A decision about potential cancellations and closings on Tuesday, Oct. 30, will be made on Monday.

If residents suffer a power outage, they can continue to receive updates to be delivered on their smart phones by signing up for Alert Rockville or by following us on Twitter or Facebook. Visit www.rockvillemd.gov/connections for a list of ways to stay in touch with the City.

Residents are reminded to call 911 in an emergency. If residents require emergency transport assistance, call the Fire and Rescue Service at 240-773-0027. To report non-emergency issues to the Rockville Police Department, call 240-314-8900.
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Default All Gaithersburg Facilities Closed Monday, October 29



City of Gaithersburg Press Release
For Immediate Release          October 28, 2012

All Gaithersburg Facilities Closed Monday, October 29

All City Facilities WILL BE CLOSED on Monday, October 29. Essential personnel must report for work.

Any additional notices will be posted on the City website at http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov
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October 28, 2012


Montgomery County Transfer Station
Open Tomorrow, Reduced Hours


All Recreation Activities Cancelled

The Montgomery County Transfer Station will be open to the public on Monday, October 29 with reduced hours. The station will be open 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Worsening weather conditions may require early closure of the Transfer Station before 5 p.m. To confirm that the Station is open, call 311 or 240-777-0311.

All Montgomery County recreation centers will be closed Monday, October 29 for recreation classes, activities, programs and drop-in programs. Some centers will open on Monday as shelters only.
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All Montgomery County Recreation Facilities
and Programs are Closed Monday, October 29

White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring and Mid-County Community Recreation Center, 2004 Queensguard Road will operate as emergency shelters beginning at noon on Monday. White Oak Community Recreation Center and Mid-County Community Recreation Center are not available for recreation use – including drop-in activities.
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State Highway Administration Moves into
Action as Hurricane Prepares for Landfall


High Winds, Rain/Flooding on Eastern Shore;
Heavy Rain and Gusty Wind Affecting Region

(October 29, 2012 – 6 a.m.) – Hurricane Sandy is affecting much of Maryland and will continue to cause road conditions to deteriorate throughout the day as the eye moves closer to landfall. With the worst of the storm expected to pound Maryland with heavy rain and high winds today and tomorrow, widespread power outages and a possible blizzard in far Western Maryland are expected.

Eastbound US 50 remains closed entering Ocean City. Heavy rain bands are continuing to move across the region. Winds are forecasted to pick up and gusts in excess of 60 MPH are likely.

More than 640 State Highway Administration (SHA) crews are active across Maryland with an additional 1,500 SHA operations personnel prepared to respond to high water, downed trees and traffic signal issues. In addition, a blizzard warning has been issued in Garrett County in far western Maryland Monday night into Tuesday.

"Today is one of those days to follow the advice - don't travel unless you absolutely have to, " said State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters. "It is worth repeating that a new law enacted Oct. 1 mandates drivers must treat intersections with non-functioning traffic signals as four-way stops. Do not assume you or the other driver has the right-of-way; make eye contact if possible and proceed safely through the intersection."

In response to the storm, SHA is:
  • SHA crews are monitoring and patrolling State roadways. Equipment, including saws and chippers, high-water signs and sandbags are at the ready. Providing real-time traffic information and storm-related road closures through Maryland’s 511 phone system and at WWW.MD511.ORG as well as www.roads.maryland.gov where you can click on CHART to see live traffic cameras.

  • Programming overhead Variable Message Signs along major roadways and Traveler Advisory Radios to inform motorists of crashes, delays and route diversions. However, smaller routes prone to flooding may not be listed since they not be reported. Just because a road isn't listed as problematic on these resources, conditions change quickly, so use caution and allow extra time regardless.
Additional tips for motorists can be found on SHA’s website at www.roads.maryland.gov or on MEMA’s website at www.mema.state.md.us.

In conjunction with other agencies and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), SHA is monitoring response to the storm from the Statewide Operations Center (SOC) near BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. During hurricanes, snow storms and other crises, the SOC doubles as SHA’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) providing access to hundreds of camera images, constant contact with field personnel and quick response to changing conditions. From the EOC, SHA communicates with local jurisdictions, neighboring states, emergency responders and the media.

For the most up to date highway traffic information, call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit www.md511.org, which also includes weather. Sign up to personalize travel route information through MY511 on the website. Remember to use 511 safely – Maryland law prohibits hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.

For more general - non storm specific information, follow SHA on Twitter @MDSHA and “like” us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/MarylandStat...Administration
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Default Montgomery County Parks Facilities Closed on Monday, October 29

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October 29, 2012


Montgomery County Parks Facilities Closed on Monday, October 29

All Montgomery Parks facilities will be closed Monday, October 29th. All classes and programs are cancelled. Residents are urged to avoid parks and trails during the storm, and to use caution in parks and trails once inclement weather subsides. To report downed trees or other maintenance issues in Montgomery Parks, call 301-670-8080 or submit a form through the Online Customer Service Center . In the event of an emergency in a County park, please call Park Police at 301-949-3010. Please check www.MontgomeryParks.org or call 301-495-2595 for up-to-date information regarding closures.
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City of Gaithersburg Press Release
For Immediate Release          October 29, 2012

State of Emergency Declared in Gaithersburg

Gaithersburg, MD – (October 29, 2012) Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz and Acting City Manager Tony Tomasello have declared a state of emergency for the City of Gaithersburg effective at 6 a.m., Monday, October 29, 2012, as authorized under the Annotated Code of Maryland and the City Code.

The state of emergency activates the City's emergency management plan and requires all essential City employees to report to work and remain on-duty until relieved. During the state of emergency all City facilities will be closed to the public and non-essential employees should not report to work.
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Default Montgomery County Storm Update

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October 29, 2012


Montgomery County Storm Update

No Ride On Service Today
Shelters to Open at Noon Today
No Charge for County Parking Facilities Today and Tomorrow
Transfer Station to Close Today at 3 p.m.
All County facilities, including libraries are closed today

Montgomery County urges residents to stay in a safe place and avoid traveling today. High winds, the danger of falling trees, and flooding are expected to create unsafe road conditions.

Residents are reminded that Ride On has cancelled service for today.

Shelters

Beginning at noon today (Monday), Montgomery County will open shelters at the following locations:
  • White Oak Community Recreation Center (map location 1)
    Accepting people and pets
    1700 April Lane
    Silver Spring, MD 20904

  • Mid County Community Recreation Center (map location 2)
    Accepting people only—no pets
    2004 Queensguard Road
    Silver Spring, MD 20906

  • Bohrer Park Recreation Center (map location 3)
    Accepting people only—no pets
    506. S. Frederick Avenue
    Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Shelter Locations

Those going to shelters are advised to bring prescription medicines, critical phone numbers, and any comfort items such as personal pillows. Residents taking their pets to the White Oak shelter are advised that the shelter will be capable of housing dogs, cats, and small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits. The shelter will be staffed by the County Animal Services Division and the volunteer County Animal Response Team (CART).

The homeless shelters --Gude Men's, 600 E. Gude Dr., Rockville and Progress Place, 8210 Colonial La., Silver Spring are prepared to serve homeless individuals who arrive.

Montgomery County parking garages and lots will remain open Monday and Tuesday at no charge. There will also be no charge at County on-street meters.

The Montgomery County Transfer Station is open, but will close at 3 p.m. Monday.

Residents are reminded to avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road, which could lead to becoming stranded or trapped because the depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.

A number of areas are already closed due to flooding, including portions of Little Falls Parkway, Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive.

When approaching a traffic signal without power, State law requires motorists to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

Montgomery County 311 (240-777-0311 from a cell phone) will be open continuously for the duration of the storm. Call 311 for questions regarding County Government services, programs and/or issues, or go to www.MC311.com for online help. MC311.com is available on smart phones.

Call 911 in the event of life-threatening emergencies or call 301-279-8000 for police-related non-emergencies.

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Default Shelter Information; Avoid Flooded Areas

City of Takoma Park
Police Department

7500 Maple Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 20912

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2012
Public Information Office             
301/891.7142 or 240/338.2901


Shelter Information; Avoid Flooded Areas

Remove or Anchor Outdoor Objects Subject to be Tossed by High Winds

Three Montgomery County shelters open at noon today. The nearest one to Takoma Park is the White Oak Center, which also accepts people with pets. The location is: White Oak Community Recreation Center, 1700 April Lane, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Those going to shelters are advised to bring prescription medicines, critical phone numbers, and any comfort items such as personal pillows. Residents taking their pets to the White Oak shelter are advised that the shelter will be capable of housing dogs, cats, and small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits. The shelter will be staffed by the County Animal Services Division and the volunteer County Animal Response Team (CART).

Residents are reminded to avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road, which could lead to becoming stranded or trapped because the depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.

A number of areas are already closed due to flooding, including portions of Little Falls Parkway, Sligo Creek Parkway and Beach Drive.

For safety, please remove outdoor objects such as lawn furniture, toys and garden tools; or anchor objects that cannot be brought inside but that could be wind-tossed.

When approaching a traffic signal without power, State law requires motorists to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

Please be safe!
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Default Travel on Maryland Roads as of 12:00pm Monday

NEWS RELEASE
DEPARTMENT OF MARYLAND STATE POLICE
HEADQUARTERS: PIKESVILLE, MD 21208
(410)486-3101 TTY For Hearing Impaired (410)486-0677
Toll Free: 1-800-525-5555
 October 29, 2012


Travel on Maryland Roads as of 12:00pm Monday

(PIKESVILLE, MD) – Law enforcement and state officials are recommending against traveling during the remainder of the storm, but as of now, there is no prohibition against traveling on Maryland roads.

State troopers and local police officers will NOT be stopping and ticketing vehicles which are on the road later today. We ARE urging people in the strongest possible way to stay off the roads unless they are essential personnel or have emergency circumstances.

Travel conditions will get worse through the rest of today and into tonight. As darkness falls and the winds increase, downed trees, power lines, and debris will become hidden highway hazards that drivers will encounter unexpectedly. Darkness will also hide standing water that could also disable your vehicle.

State highway officials have imposed wind warnings on some bridges in Maryland. Those warnings will likely become restrictions and even closures as the winds increase tonight.

For the latest statewide emergency information, citizens are urged to visit the Maryland Emergency Management Agency website at www.mema.state.md.us. Up to the minute statewide traffic information, including the locations of roads that may be closed due to flooding, is available on-line at www.511md.org, or by calling 511. Road conditions and views of live traffic cameras are also available on the State Highway Administration website at www.roads.maryland.gov. Citizens are urged not to call Maryland State Police barracks simply to check on road conditions. Calls to police or 911 centers during the storm should be for emergency situations only.
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MCPS Schools and Administrative Offices Closed on Tuesday

All Montgomery County Public Schools and administrative offices will be closed on Tuesday, October 30, due to emergency weather conditions.

MCPS had announced yesterday that schools would be closed on Tuesday. This afternoon (October 29), Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr decided to close administrative offices, as well.

All school and community activities in school buildings are canceled Tuesday.
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October 29, 2012


All City of Rockville Recreation Classes and Programs
Canceled, Recreation Facilities Closed On Tuesday, Oct. 30


Charter Review Commission Town Hall Meeting Canceled

Rockville, Md., October 29 - Due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, City of Rockville recreation classes, programs and facilities will be canceled and closed on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Closed facilities include:
  • Senior Center
  • Rockville Swim and Fitness Center
  • Thomas Farm Community Center
  • Croydon Creek Nature Center
  • Lincoln Park Communiity Center
  • Rockville Civic Center Park
  • Glenview Mansion
  • Climbing Gym
  • Montrose Community Center
  • Twinbrook Community Recreation Center
The Charter Review Commission's Town Hall meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, has been canceled.

For a list of closures related to the storm
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State Agencies Reduce Speed Limit to
45mph on Interstates and US Routes


Marylanders Urged to Avoid Travel for Next 24-36 Hours
as Strong Winds and Heavy Rain Continues Across the State

(October 29, 2012) – 3:00 p.m. Due to deteriorating weather conditions, the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), State Police (MSP) and Transportation Authority (MDTA) have lowered all speed limits on interstate and US routes to 45 mph effective immediately and until further notice. All three agencies discourage any travel during the expected upcoming height of the storm. This reduction in speed limit also applies to all first responders, relief workers, utility crews and other essential personnel.

“Lowering the speed limit is necessary since speed and high wind is a dangerous combination. By reducing speed limit, our goal is to keep our emergency responders safe. For all members of the general public, we can’t stress enough the importance of staying off the roads as this unprecedented storm strikes Maryland,” said Maryland State Highway Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Stay home. There are more than 12,000 people responding along state and toll roadways. By staying home you allow them, utility crews and police to do their jobs.”

For more information about Sandy, view the Maryland Emergency Management Agency website at www.mema.state.md.us.

For the most up to date highway traffic information, call 511 or 1-855-GOMD511 or visit www.md511.org and www.traffic.maryland.gov. Remember to use 511 safely – Maryland law prohibits hand-held mobile phone use and texting while driving.

For more general - non storm specific information, follow SHA on Twitter @MDSHA and “like” us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/MarylandStat...Administration
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Metro Service Information for Tuesday, October 30

Due to extreme weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy that are expected to impact the entire Metro service area through the overnight hours, Metro has announced the following for Tuesday, October 30:
  • Metrorail and Metrobus service will not resume service Tuesday morning. An announcement on when service may be restored will be made after Metro is able to assess damage and weather conditions in the morning. Metro personnel will need to perform a comprehensive damage assessment, including inspections of track, bridges, aerial structures, stations and facilities. Metrorail service restoration is also contingent on adequate commercial power to support operations and repair of any storm-related damage. For Metrobus, service restoration will vary by route and depend on road conditions.

  • MetroAccess service will remain suspended all day Tuesday.
Metro will restore service only when it is safe to do so.

Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts for information regarding restoration of service as it is known. To check Metro service status by phone, customers may call (202) 637-7000 or TTY (202) 638-3780.

A scheduled Public Hearing on Tuesday also has been cancelled.
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October 29, 2012



Montgomery County Closures - Tuesday, October 30th

The following are closed on Tueday, October 30:
  • Early Voting – Cancelled (Tuesday only)
  • Public Schools – Closed
  • Montgomery College – Closed
  • Montgomery County Government – Closed
  • Metro – Will not resume Tuesday morning
  • Ride On – Will not resume Tuesday
  • Montgomery County Parking Garages – Open (No charge. Meters are also no charge)
  • Federal Government - Closed
  • Montgomery Parks – Facilities will be closed, and classes and programs are cancelled.
Interstates and US Routes – Due to severe weather conditions, SHA has lowered speed limits to 45 mph; Avoid travel unless absolutely necessary

Shelters – Open
  • White Oak Community Recreation Center
    1700 April Lane, Silver Spring
    Humans and Pets

  • The Activity Center at Bohrer Park
    506 S. Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg
    Humans Only

  • Mid-County Community Recreation Center
    2004 Queensguard Road, Silver Spring
    Humans Only
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October 29, 2012


City of Rockville Government to be Closed Tuesday, Oct. 30

Recycling and Refuse Collection May Slide to Later in Week

Rockville, Md., October 29 - Due to the impacts of Hurricane Sandy, City of Rockville offices and facilities will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

All classes, facilities and programs are canceled on October 30. Essential personnel must report to work as directed.

The Charter Review Commission's meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 30, has been canceled. For a list of closures related to the storm, please visit the City's website at www.rockvillemd.gov/weather/weather_closings.

A decision on whether recycling and refuse collection will "slide" this week will be made by Tuesday. If collection slides: Monday collection will occur on Wednesday, Tuesday collection will occur on Thursday, Wednesday collection will occur on Friday, Thursday collection will occur on Saturday and Friday collection will occur on Sunday.

For residents who have a tree emergency, such as a tree blocking a roadway or driveway, call 240-314-8700. If residents notice a tree touching a power line, please call Pepco at 1-877-737-2662. Residents are advised to stay clear of trees that are touching power lines.

Residents are reminded to call 911 in an emergency. If residents require emergency transport assistance, call the Fire and Rescue Service at 240-773-0027. To report non-emergency issues to the Rockville Police Department, call 240-314-8900.

Please check back on www.rockvillemd.gov for more information.
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State Highway Administration Crews Responding to
High Water and Downed Trees and ...Snow


Sandy Hits Maryland and Creates Hazardous Conditions

(October 29, 2012 – 6:30 p.m.) – As Hurricane Sandy strengthens in the Mid-Atlantic region, more than 1,200 State Highway Administration (SHA) crews are responding to flooded roads, downed trees and signal outages along state highways. As nightfall approaches, SHA urges people to stay home.

During the last few hours, snow has begun to fall in Garrett County, which is in Snow Emergency. Crews in Western Maryland are applying salt as needed.

Major bridge crossings are also closed due to high winds including the US 50 and MD 90 Bridges in Ocean City. The Maryland Transportation Authority closed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, the US 40 Hatem Bridge and the I-695 Key Bridge. Several other bridges have wind restrictions in place.

SHA reports that more than two dozen signals are out either due to storm or power issues. SHA reminds anyone who chooses to drive that a new law took effect Oct. 1 requiring drivers to treat an intersection without power to the signal system as a four-way stop.

“With a loss of power, not only will signals not be operating, overhead lighting will be dark and pedestrian signals will not operate,” said SHA Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “Staying off of Maryland roadways tonight is the responsible thing to do. It also allows crews to respond to emergencies.”

Earlier this afternoon, transportation and law enforcement agencies lowered the speed limit on interstate and US routes to 45 mph. The lower speed limit applies to all travelers including medical personnel, emergency responders and utility crews.

To view the storm from the safety of your own home, see below:
  • By Internet: View traffic cameras (where there is power) at www.traffic.maryland.gov, www.MD511.org, or www.roads.maryland.gov and click on the CHART icon. Additionally, www.traffic.maryland.gov has up to 600 camera views and traffic information.

  • By Phone: Citizens may call 511 or toll-free 1-855-GOMD511 from a landline or mobile phone.

  • Be Social: Follow SHA on Twitter @MDSHA or “Like” Maryland State Highway Administration on Facebook.
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NEWS RELEASE
DEPARTMENT OF MARYLAND STATE POLICE
HEADQUARTERS: PIKESVILLE, MD 21208
(410)486-3101 TTY For Hearing Impaired (410)486-0677
Toll Free: 1-800-525-5555
 October 30, 2012


Continued Travel Caution Urged as Storm Lingers

(PIKESVILLE, MD) -- Maryland State Police are urging people to continue to stay off Maryland roads until highway crews are able to locate, assess and clear blocked roads and traffic hazards.

Fallen trees, downed power lines and wind-blown debris are blocking travel lanes and entire roadways across the state. Motorists are urged to remain off the roads and to avoid the risks of unexpected hazards by venturing out.

Power failures have extinguished traffic lights around the state. For those who are driving, motorists are reminded of the state’s non-functioning traffic light law. A driver approaching a non-functioning traffic control signal from any direction at an intersection shall stop:
  • at a clearly marked stop line;
  • before entering any crosswalk; or
  • before entering the intersection.
After stopping, the driver must:
  • yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection; and
  • remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection.
If two vehicles approach an intersection without a traffic control device or with a non-functioning traffic control signal from different roadways at the same time, there is motor vehicle law that applies. In this situation, the driver on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on his or her immediate right.

There are also times when a traffic control signal that normally operates green, yellow, and red lights may be in ‘flashing’ mode. This usually means red lights may be flashing in one direction and yellow lights are flashing in another direction. In this situation, the drivers approaching the red flashing light must stop and can only proceed when the intersection is clear. Drivers approaching the yellow flashing light should slow down and use caution, but are permitted to proceed through the intersection without stopping. Drivers are also reminded that if a police officer is directing traffic in the intersection, they should obey the directions of that officer, regardless of the signal indicated on the traffic control device.

It is difficult to describe every potential intersection situation. Above all, drivers are reminded that it is their duty to always drive with care and caution, especially when approaching an intersection with a non-functioning signal. If other drivers are present at the intersection, remember to be courteous, use caution, and do everything possible to try to determine the intentions of other motorists and communicate your intentions, if you are unsure of how to proceed. Even if you have the right of way, it is better to allow another driver to proceed if it appears he or she is going to do so, instead of risking an intersection crash.

For the latest statewide emergency information, citizens are urged to visit the Maryland Emergency Management Agency website at www.mema.state.md.us. Up to the minute statewide traffic information, including the locations of roads that may be closed due to flooding, is available on-line at www.511md.org, or by calling 511. Road conditions and views of live traffic cameras are also available on the State Highway Administration website at www.roads.maryland.gov. Citizens are urged not to call Maryland State Police barracks simply to check on road conditions. Calls to police or 911 centers during the storm should be for emergency situations only.
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Default Route 29 in White Oak Closed Due to Flooding

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October 30, 2012


Route 29 in White Oak Closed Due to Flooding

Route 29 in Montgomery County is closed about a mile north of University Boulevard, just south of the intersection of Lockwood Drive in Silver Spring, due to flooding from the storm and may remain so as long as the rain continues.

Route 29 South of Lockwood Drive in White OakRoute 29 South of Lockwood Drive in White Oak




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October 30, 2012


Rockville to "Slide" Recycling and Refuse Collection

Regularly Scheduled Collection Will Shift By Two Days

Rockville, Md., October 30 - The City of Rockville will "slide" its regularly scheduled recycling and refuse collection by two days this week. The new schedule will allow crews to respond to the effects of Hurricane Sandy and give residents the opportunity to dispose of any spoiled food along with regular trash.
  • Residents whose collection typically occurs on Monday should put their collection out on Wednesday.
  • Residents whose collection typically occurs on Tuesday should put their collection out on Thursday.
  • Residents whose collection typically occurs on Wednesday should put their collection out on Friday.
  • Residents whose collection typically occurs on Thursday should put their collection out on Saturday.
  • Residents whose collection typically occurs on Friday should put their collection out on Sunday.
  • The normal recycling and refuse collection will resume Monday, Nov. 5.
Residents should place storm debris at the curb for crews to collect. Branches should be no more than eight feet long and should easily clear overhead power lines and trees so they can be accessed by Rockville's heavy equipment vehicles. It is expected that there will be a heavy volume of yard waste throughout the community. Residents are asked to be patient; crews will pick up debris as soon as possible.

For more information about recycling and refuse schedules and other storm recovery efforts, visit www.rockvillemd.gov.
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Default Storm Updates for Montgomery County - October 30, 2012

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October 30, 2012


Storm Updates for Montgomery County - October 30, 2012

Montgomery County Government is closed today. All County facilities, including libraries are closed today.

Federal offices are closed to the public. Non-emergency employees (including employees on pre-approved paid leave) will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours they were scheduled to work unless they are: required to telework, on official travel outside of the Washington, DC, area, on leave without pay, or on an alternative work schedule (AWS) day off. Telework-Ready Employees who are scheduled to perform telework on the day of the announcement or who are required to perform unscheduled telework on a day when Federal offices are closed to the public must telework the entire workday or request leave, or a combination of both, in accordance with their agencies' policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements. Emergency Employees are expected to report to their worksites unless otherwise directed by their agencies.

All State offices and facilities will be closed effective 6:00 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2012 to the end of the day shift Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Emergency essential personnel should report as scheduled.
Note: This closing and/or liberal leave information applies to principal units and independent agencies in the Executive Branch, except educational units under the jurisdiction of the University of Maryland, Morgan State University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, Maryland School for the Deaf and Baltimore City Community College.

There will be no Ride-On Service Today; Metro services are suspended this morning.

Montgomery County Public Schools are closed.

Montgomery College is closed.

As of 5AM there are currently three shelters available for public use; These facilities are the White Oak Community Recreation Center for people and pets, at 1700 April La. Silver Spring; the Activity Center at Bohrer Park for people only, at 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg; and the Mid- County Community Recreation Center for people only, 2004 Queensguard Rd., Silver Spring. Those going to shelters are advised to bring prescription medicines, critical phone numbers, and any comfort items such as personal pillows. Residents taking their pets to the White Oak shelter are advised that the shelter will be capable of housing dogs, cats, and small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits. The shelter will be staffed by the County Animal Services Division and the volunteer County Animal Response Team (CART).

No Charge for County Parking Facilities today. There will also be no charge at County on-street meters.

The Transfer Station is tentatively scheduled to open today at 9 a.m.

Montgomery County urges residents to stay in a safe place and avoid traveling today. Hazards including winds and flooding may still occur and create unsafe road conditions.

The homeless shelters --Gude Men's, 600 E. Gude Dr., Rockville and Progress Place, 8210 Colonial La., Silver Spring are prepared to serve individuals who arrive.

Residents are reminded to avoid areas subject to flooding, including low spots, canals and streams. Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road, which could lead to becoming stranded or trapped because the depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.

As a reminder, when approaching a traffic signal without power, State law requires motorists to treat the intersection as a four-way stop.

Montgomery County 311 (240-777-0311 from a cell phone) will be open continuously for the duration of the storm. Call 311 for questions regarding County Government services, programs and/or issues, or go to www.MC311.com for online help. MC311.com is available on smart phones.

Call 911 in the event of life-threatening emergencies or call 301-279-8000 for police-related non-emergencies.
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Default Montgomery County Road Closures

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October 30, 2012


Montgomery County Road Closures

The following roads are closed or have a portion closed due to water, trees down, or wires down.

As a reminder, Montgomery County urges residents to stay in a safe place and avoid traveling today. Hazards including winds and flooding may still occur and create unsafe road conditions.

Flooded Roads
  • Howard Chapel Road
  • Edwards Ferry Road
  • Emory Lane
  • Gold Mine Road
  • W. Old Baltimore Road
  • Newcut Road
  • Zion Road
  • Brookeville Road
  • Kensington Parkway
  • Quince Orchard Road
  • Log House Road
  • Brighton Dam Road
  • Gue Road
  • Elton Farm Road
  • Fleming Avenue
  • Brink Road
  • Stockton Road
  • Riffle Ford Road
  • 25815 Woodfield Road
  • Strathmore Avenue @ MD355
  • Colesville Road (a mile north of University Boulevard, just south of Lockwood Drive)
Tree Down w/Wires
  • Chesterfield Road
  • Peach Tree Road
  • Watkins Road
  • Brink Road
  • Astoria Lane
  • Davis Mill Road
  • Arrowood Road @ Kittery Lane
  • 5950 Grosvenor Lane
  • S. Glen Road @ Glen Mill Road
  • MacArthur Blvd. @ Whiterim Drive
  • 13108 Brandown Way
  • 5310 Oakland Road
Trees Down
  • White Ground Road @ Schaffer Road
  • 12700 Middlebrook Road
  • Montgomery Village Avenue @ Walkers Choice Road
  • Shiloh Church Road @ Conrad Springs
  • Scenery Dr. @ Germantown Road
  • Peachtree Road @ Comus Road
  • Doubleland Road @ Frontwell Circle
  • W. Old Baltimore Road @ Peachtree Road
  • Twinbrook Pkwy @ MD355
  • Hipsley Mill Road @ Damascus Road
Park Roads
  • Little Falls Parkway
  • Beach Drive
Re-Opened Roads
  • Arcola Avenue
  • Georgia Avenue
  • Killdeer Drive
  • Westlake Drive
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Metro Announces Limited Restoration of Rail, Bus Service

Most service on a Sunday schedule beginning at 2 p.m. Tuesday;
normal service on Wednesday

Metro will restore bus and rail service Tuesday afternoon with Sunday-level service on most lines, and expects to resume normal service levels (i.e. rush hour service) for Wednesday morning's commute.

Metrorail: Service restoration will begin at 2 p.m. On all lines, trains will operate at Sunday service intervals until closing.

Metrobus: Service restoration will begin at 2 p.m. Buses will operate on a Sunday schedule on Tuesday. Certain bus routes that do not operate on Sundays will resume service on a weekday schedule.

MetroAccess: Service remains cancelled Tuesday and is expected to be restored on Wednesday.
Residual effects of the storm are still possible. Customers traveling today should allow extra time. Buses may encounter detours due to downed trees, power lines or flooding. Customers are encouraged to sign up for MetroAlerts for notification of delays or detours by email or text message.
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