Harford County Department of Emergency Services offers tips for dealing with first storm of 2014



The Harford County Department of Emergency Services released the following tips for dealing with tonight’s storm, which is expected to bring 2 to 4 inches of snow to the area and has already resulted in the cancelation of some evening activities.


Harford County Braces for First Storm of 2014

County could receive 2 – 4 inches of snow

(Forest Hill, MD) – – The Harford County Department of Emergency Services is advising the citizens and visitors of Harford County to prepare for a wintery mix of rain and snow during the next 18 hours. Harford County is one of several Maryland counties placed under a Winter Weather Advisory which is in effect from 6:00 p.m. tonight through 3:00 a.m. Friday, January 3, 2014.

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow may cause travel difficulties with snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Motorists are urged to exercise caution while driving through such conditions.

The Winter Weather Advisory, placed in effect by the National Weather Service, estimates the Harford County area could receive between two – four inches of snow from Thursday evening through early Friday morning. Additionally temperatures will drop to the upper 20’s with winds estimated at 25 – 30 mph, gusting from 35 – 40 mph during the height of the storm.

In preparation for the first winter storm of the New Year, the Harford County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways will begin pre-treating county roads at approximately 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. Approximately 100 DPW highways personnel and contractors will be called in to help keep Harford County roads passable during the storm.

“One of our concerns is the extremely bitter cold conditions that are predicted for our area on Friday,” said Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers. “Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing with a wind-chill near zero, which pose a significant health risk to the elderly, youngsters and our homeless population,” Ayers added.

Prior to the projected severe winter weather event, the Harford County Department of Emergency Services recommends citizens take the following precautionary measures:

  • Ensure flashlights are in good working condition and have them available throughout the home and in the car
  • Make sure there are fresh batteries available for flashlights and portable radios  Fully charge all cells phones in the event of a power outage
  • Have a three day supply of non-perishable foods available in case of power outages.
  • Have an adequate supply of fresh water available – one gallon per person per day for three days
  • First aid kit for the home and family vehicle
  • Blankets in vehicles to be used in the event a vehicle becomes stuck in snow or other hazards for a prolonged period of time

Commenting on preparations for the projected snow event, Emergency Manager Rick Ayers said, “Harford County Government is taking every precaution to ensure our roads and bridges are maintained free of snow and ice as much as possible. Nonetheless, we encourage motorists to use caution and allow additional space between vehicles to lessen the potential for accidents,” Ayers added.

For further information on emergency preparedness visit the Harford County Department of Emergency Services website at www.harfordpublicsafety.org or call 410-638-4900.