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HURRICANE SEASON IS UPON US ARE YOU READY

Hurricane Joaquin Preparedness For Immediate Release:  1 October, 2015
HEAVY RAIN IN THE FORECAST FOR [KENT COUNTY, MARYLAND
KENT COUNTY] RESIDENTS CAN TAKE STEPS TO PREPARE FOR POTENTIAL FLOODING THAT COULD BEGIN IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS
Chestertown, Md. (October 1, 2015) — The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting heavy rain in Kent County through the end of this week. Rainfall is likely to begin on Thursday and continue at least through the weekend, with the potential of 5 to 10 inches, or local forecast of total precipitation. Some areas will receive higher amounts which could produce flooding of rivers, streams, ponds, and low-lying areas. The Kent County Office of Emergency Services is currently making preparations for the incoming storm.
The time to prepare is right now,” said Russ Strickland, Executive Director of MEMA. “A few steps before heavy rain begins can help reduce effects of the storm on you, your family, and your home.”
The Kent County Office of Emergency Services is recommending that residents take the following actions:
 Clean storm drains and gutters on your house to prevent overflow and water buildup.  Don’t wait. Communicate. Know how to get in contact with your friends and family during any emergency.  Fuel up your automobile before any storm.  If you have a basement in your house, shelve household items and make sure any electronic equipment is not lying directly on the floor.  Prepare for potential power outages by creating a home emergency kit.  Visit www.ready.gov for suggested contents.
In addition to the rainfall this week, Hurricane Joaquin, which is currently located southeast of Florida, could also affect the area. The NWS has noted that the exact path of this system will not be clear until later this week; however, any impact could bring additional rain and wind.
For more information about weather preparedness, please visit the Kent County Office of Emergency Services web site  at http://www.kentcounty.com/oe   and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KentCountyMDOES and Twitter  at @KentCountyOES for weather updates.