October 26, 2012

Preparedness Tips for Arrival of Hurricane Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy approaching the Washington DC region, officials remind residents that they should prepare for the possibility of high winds, power outages and flooding.

Some general tips:
  • Anyone who has not already signed up for the County’s Alert Montgomery notification system is encouraged to do at https://alert.montgomerycountymd.gov. Select the types of emergency alerts you are interested in receiving, along with the devices to which you would like the messages sent (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
  • For non-emergency County government issues, call 311 or 301-777-0311.
  • For non-emergency police assistance, call the police non-emergency number, 301-279-8000.

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

Get specific tips for being prepared before, during and after the storm.

Also, check out additional general emergency preparedness information.