Calvert Co. to Open Shelters as Hurricane Irene Approaches

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (August 26, 2011) — Three Calvert County sites are opening as temporary shelters beginning at noon Saturday, August 27, for those who need to relocate in the path of Hurricane Irene. The following sites will be open:

-- Huntingtown High School, 4125 Solomons Island Rd. (Route 2/4), Huntingtown

-- Southern Middle School, 9615 H G Trueman Rd., Lusby

-- Calvert High School, 520 Fox Run Blvd., Prince Frederick

Residents who need to relocate should follow these procedures:

-- DO NOT dial 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency.

-- Gather items you will need to take with you.

-- Turn off lights and appliances (except refrigerators and freezers).

-- Close and lock windows and doors.

-- Use your own vehicle to evacuate. Offer rides to neighbors who may not have transportation.

-- If you need a ride or special assistance, call 410-535-0396 or 0314.

-- There is one pet-friendly shelter located at the Calvert High School Career Center. Pets must be in cages and owners must provide food, medications and proof of immunizations. Pet owners will shelter in the gymnasium of Calvert High School.

Relocation Supplies Checklist

-- Medical supplies (prescriptions, other medication, first aid kit)

-- Money (cash, checkbook, credit cards, important personal and financial documents)

-- Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, soap, shaving supplies, eye care supplies, washcloth, towels)

-- Clothing

-- Baby supplies (formula, diapers, favorite toys)

-- Blankets, sleeping bags, pillows

-- Portable radio and batteries

-- Special diet food if you have a special diet

-- Road maps

-- Non-perishable food

-- Bottled water

Current forecasts call for wind gusts over 39 miles per hour beginning late Saturday, up to eight inches of rain possible in some areas and an approximate three-feet storm surge beginning Saturday. There is the potential for large battering waves on the Chesapeake Bay shorelines. Due to expected high winds and rainfall, residents should prepare for widespread power outages.

Calvert County residents who live in low-lying areas are urged to secure their properties and relocate until the storm passes.

Residents should tune to local radio and TV stations, to the county website at or to Comcast channel 6 for the latest information on the storm. Residents who need non-emergency assistance can reach the Department of Public Safety at 410-535-0396 or 0314.

Note: continues to post all official bulletins received from local governments and utilities here: . We will post all public closings, cancellations, and postponements related to Hurricane Irene here: .

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