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Governor Larry Hogan Declares State of Emergency for Florence

Residents of Cecil County Urged to Prepare Now

Post Date:09/11/2018 3:51 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2018 DES LOGO

ELKTON, MD. – After Governor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency ahead of the landfall of Hurricane Florence, residents of Cecil County are encouraged to prepare now for potential effects from the storm. The executive order will allow the state to more efficiently coordinate support and provide assistance to local jurisdictions within Maryland and neighboring states.

"We are still not certain of the storm’s path, but we are preparing for any possible outcome,” said Cecil County Emergency Services Director Richard Brooks. “We urge our residents to take every precaution. Stay tuned to your local news stations for the latest updates, listen to any instructions we may provide."

Weather forecasters have indicated that there is the potential for life-threatening conditions, including catastrophic flooding as well as high winds and dangerous conditions on our waterways. Current forecasts indicate that torrential rains, tropical storm force winds, and tidal flooding/storm surge could affect the area beginning as early as Thursday.

The state of emergency allows the movement of critical resources to local jurisdictions that need them, such as the Maryland National Guard. It also allows Maryland to receive assistance from other states as part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. This compact serves as the cornerstone of the nation's mutual aid system and offers assistance and aid during states of emergency through member states.

“A state of emergency is a good indicator that residents should remain alert and follow officials’ orders, and continue to monitor local and regional news stations and weather forecasts in order to be informed of current situations,” stated County Executive Alan McCarthy. “We encourage all residents and visitors to our state to visit www.KnowYourZoneMD.com to see if they are inside, or, if they are traveling to, a hurricane evacuation zone,” he added

The Cecil County Department of Emergency Services, Cecil County Sheriff's Office and Cecil County Government will continue to make regular updates. County residents are encouraged to follow their social media accounts and websites for the most current and local information.

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Media contacts:
Michelle S. Lloyd, MS, NRP, MDPEMP, CEM
Deputy Emergency Manager
Vice President, MD Emergency Management Association
Cecil County Department of Emergency Services
410-392-2034
michelle.lloyd@ccdps.org

Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
Cecil County Government
410-996-8454
jlyall@ccgov.org

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