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Residents and Businesses Encouraged to Plan and Follow County Updates Online

Baltimore County’s public safety and health officials conducted a hurricane preparedness exercise this morning in the Emergency Operations Center and outlined the County’s emergency preparedness, reminding residents and businesses to plan ahead in case of severe storms and flooding. Today’s exercise asked emergency operations representatives from County agencies and partner organizations to respond to a hypothetical hurricane similar to Isabel, which caused severe flooding in coastal Baltimore County in September of 2003.

During the exercise, Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler and the County’s top emergency management, public works and health leadership team outlined the County’s year-round storm preparations and recommendations for residents.

Preparation is Key

County officials encouraged people to have an emergency plan, prepare to get through three days without power, and stock up on water, non-perishable foods, flashlights, batteries and back-up power sources for their cellphones. They suggested that residents check to see if they need flood insurance and to prepare in advance for medical and prescription needs and for pet care. More information about storm preparedness can be found on the County website at baltimorecountymd.gov/emergency.

“We work to ensure that our first responders have the best equipment and training available and practice our coordinated response protocols multiple times each year,” said Mohler. “We are prepared and now is the time for residents and businesses to take some time to make sure they are prepared as well.”

Real-time storm updates available on the County’s website and social media platforms

Mohler reminded residents to follow the County’s Emergency Management Twitter feed, @BACOemergency, for storm warnings and updates on storm response, sheltering operations and more. “The recent extreme flooding in Ellicott City and Catonsville was an important wake-up call to all of us that these severe storms can pop up at any time and we all need to stay alert and be prepared to respond quickly,” he said.

“Flash flooding is particularly dangerous and we do have areas all around the County that are susceptible to coastal and inland flooding, and it is very important for people to keep up with storm forecasts and connect online with our County emergency managers for storm response updates,” said County Council Chair Julian Jones.

The County’s Stormfighter web page allows people to self-report storm-related issues. The system integrates with the County’s GIS mapping technology and provides real-time visual data to assist DPW and emergency managers in responding to severe storms or other localized or regional emergencies. Stormfighter provides a link to live traffic camera feeds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART). It also offers a link to the County’s list of road closures, which lists County roads that are currently closed due to repairs, accidents, weather or other hazards. State roads and interstates are not included. Information on State roads can be found on the Maryland Department of Transportation’s travel advisories and road closures web page at http://www.chart.state.md.us/incidents/index.php.   


Overflows in Halethorpe and Catonsville Stopped Within Hours

Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works reported and corrected two sanitary sewage overflows in the County's southwest area following Sunday’s flooding.

The Patapsco Sewage Pumping Station, located at 4612 Annapolis Road in Halethorpe, 21227, was overwhelmed by the storm at 10:32 p.m. Sunday night and discharged 607,000 gallons into the Patapsco River. The overflow was stopped at 2:47 a.m. Monday morning.

The Frederick Road Pumping Station, located at 1809 Frederick Road in Catonsville, 21228, released 47,000 gallons into the Patapsco River. The overflow began at 4:10 p.m. on Sunday afternoon and ceased at 10:08 p.m. that evening.  

The sanitary sewage discharges were due to increases in volume caused by the storm which exceeded the capacities of both stations. When volumes receded, full operations were restored.

As a precaution, contact with the waters of the Patapsco River should be avoided. The Baltimore County Department of Health will issue water contact advisories when necessary on the Department of Health Department's website

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Show airs on Cable Channel 25 and online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” reports on how the County is preparing for increased storm intensity and flooding potential, spotlights the good work of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, and offers helpful flu prevention advice from the Health Department.

In Case You Missed It – Catch up on recent Baltimore County headlines.

Education Foundation of BCPS – Executive Director Debbie Phelps shares how you can help them support County schools.

Get the Shot, Not the Flu! – Follow this Health Department doctor’s advice to keep your family healthy this winter.

Floods Happen, Even Here! – County experts explain floodplains, flood insurance and how the County is preparing for rising sea levels.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Videos/hellobaltimorecounty.html . Click on the menu icon in the upper left of the video screen to select an individual segment.

In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25, in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017