Ocean City, MD - (January 22, 2016): Town of Ocean City officials and emergency personnel are monitoring the high-impact coastal storm system heading toward Maryland. The winter storm is expected to bring snow, freezing rain, sleet, high winds, coastal flooding, and cold temperatures to the Ocean City area.
According to the National Weather Service, the storm is expected to start this afternoon, Friday, January 22. Motorists are urged to stay off the roads during the height of the storm, as driving could be dangerous once the snow, rain and wind begins. “The Town of Ocean City continues to take action to prepare for this storm and we are working closely with our local and State partners to ensure we have the resources we need,” said Emergency Services Director Joseph Theobald. “At this time, it’s imperative for residents to be prepared and to stay off the roads during the height of the storm later today and Saturday.”
Residents and property owners, specifically in Zone A and B locations, should be prepared for moderate flooding and high winds. Citizens are encouraged to Know Your Zone and Division and be prepared for any impact the storm may have on Ocean City. To begin preparing, citizens should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan for potential relocation during a flooding event. In addition, preparedness efforts should include tying up water vessels, removing outdoor furniture and securing objects susceptible to wind and flooding.
The Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on various websites, social media outlets and through the Emergency Alert system. In an effort to keep citizens informed with the most updated and accurate information, the Town of Ocean City will be posting storm related information on the following outlets:
• City Wide Emergency Alerts: Citizens can sign up for emergency alerts by visiting: http://oceancitymd.gov/enews and subscribing to “City Wide Emergency Alerts.”
• Town of Ocean City Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TownOfOceanCity
• Town of Ocean City Twitter: @townofoceancity
• Town of Ocean City website: www.oceancitymd.gov
• FM Advisory Radio Station – 99.5
• Town of Ocean City Access Channels 4 & 15
• Emergency Management Hotline: 410-723-6666
Additional information can be found on the Ocean City Emergency Management website atwww.ocmdemergency.com.