REISTERSTOWN, MD (April 6, 2021) — Maryland residents are invited to observe what to do in a twister as a part of Extreme Storms Consciousness Week, April 5-9, 2021. The Maryland Emergency Administration Company (MEMA) is also launching a brand new cell web site software throughout the week. The MdReady WebApp replaces present Maryland Prepares App and gives on the spot entry to a wide selection of emergency notifications and preparedness info to Marylanders and guests alike. To put in the brand new WebApp, customers can go to MdReady.maryland.gov and comply with the immediate to simply add the MdReady shortcut to their cell system’s house display.
Extreme Storms Consciousness Week is happening throughout the month of April, which Governor Hogan has proclaimed as Maryland’s Flood Consciousness Month. Throughout Extreme Storms Consciousness Week in Maryland, MEMA will commit particular days to cowl details about flooding, damaging winds, tornadoes, hail and lightning.
On Wednesday, April 7, Marylanders are invited by MEMA and the Nationwide Climate Service (NWS) to observe what to do within the occasion of a twister. As a result of individuals’s routines have been modified as a result of ongoing pandemic, individuals are requested to evaluation their emergency climate plans and guarantee they contemplate the implications of COVID-19.
“The pandemic has not solely modified the every day routine for many people, however it additionally has modified how we put together for emergencies,” mentioned MEMA Govt Director Russ Strickland. “Extreme Storms Consciousness Week just isn’t solely an opportunity to evaluation what we have to do to arrange for spring climate hazards, but additionally to focus on that COVID-19 is now a part of our preparations.”
As a part of pandemic precautions, Marylanders ought to embrace further provides like further face coverings, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant of their emergency provide kits. It’s additionally essential to keep in mind that if evacuations and shelters are wanted that distancing and different public well being precautions might alter what services are used and the way far-off they may be away from one’s house.
“Nearly all of Maryland’s weather-related injury comes from thunderstorms and tornadoes,” mentioned James E. Lee, Meteorologist in Cost of the NWS Baltimore/Washington Climate Forecast Workplace (WFO). “The NWS Baltimore/Washington WFO usually identifies hazardous climate threats minutes upfront, then instantly points extreme climate warnings. It’s vital that Marylanders obtain our warnings and quickly reply to get out of hurt’s approach. Maryland Extreme Storms Consciousness Week reminds individuals to develop a response plan, then observe the plan throughout the twister drill.”
Whereas Marylanders are inspired to observe a twister drill at any time that day the NWS will difficulty a Particular Climate Assertion on Nationwide Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate radios in regards to the twister drill at 9:45 a.m. April 7 — however with out the high-pitched tones related to an precise twister warning. The NWS Baltimore/Washington Climate Forecast Workplace, which covers most Maryland jurisdictions is coordinating this assertion and drill together with their colleagues at NWS Mount Holly (PA), which covers Caroline, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties, and NWS Wakefield (VA) which handles Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
To seek out extra preparedness info for extreme storms and different hazards, please go to the next web sites: https://mema.maryland.gov/Pages/types-of-emergencies.aspx, https://www.weather.gov/safety/, or www.ready.gov.