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Annapolis, Md (August 23, 2011) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are asking mariners to make plans to safe guard their vessels from Irene. The recent activity in the Atlantic Ocean should cause boaters to make plans to safe guard their property and lives.

Planning is the key to minimize injury and loss of life. Boaters should make plans well in advance of the storm so that definite docking, or hauling out of the vessel arrangements can be performed quickly and without delay.

When deciding on storm preparation plans, mariners need to consider size, type of vessel, and location. Current locations may not offer protection from or tides. Boaters should consider the following when making arrangement for their vessels.

  1. Removing valuable equipment from your vessel to protect it from damage.
  2. Consider removing your vessel from the water to reduce damage from . Vessels on land should be properly stored or tied down to prevent being damage by winds. Small open vessel can be filled with water to lessen the effect of the wind.
  3. Vessels that remain in the water should be moored in safe areas or berths. Lines should be doubled and high on pilings. Remember storm surges can cause tides over the pilings. Install fenders to protect vessel from pilings, or other vessels.
  4. Ensure bilge pumps work properly and that run them fully charged. Seal all openings to make the vessel watertight.
  5. Collect all documents, including . Take photographs of vessel and equipment for insurance.
  6. Do not stay aboard vessels during storms. Safe guard human life.

NRP reminds boaters that advance planning can save property and lives. These actions should take place at least 48-72 hours prior to the event to accommodate . During the storm, occupants should be off the water and residing in safe shelters. Remember, storm conditions could exist that delay or prevent response from emergency personnel.

Additional information on preparedness may be found at www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/index.shtm and www.nhc..gov/outreach/prepared_week.shtml


   August 23, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
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Annapolis, Md. (August 5, 2011) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are asking mariners to plan for and to safeguard their boats, given the recent activity in the Atlantic Ocean.

“Planning is the key to minimizing injury and loss of life,” said Col. George Johnson IV. “Boaters need to make plans well in advance of a so that definite boat docking, or hauling arrangements can be performed quickly and without delay.”

When deciding on plans, mariners need to consider size, type of boat and location. Current boat locations may not offer protection from high winds or . Boaters should consider the following when making arrangement for their vessels:

  • Remove valuable equipment from a boat to protect it from damage.
  • Consider removing a boat from the water to reduce damage from . Boats on land should be properly stored or tied down to prevent being damaged by winds. Small open boats can be filled with water to lessen the effect of the wind.
  • Boats remaining in the water should be moored in safe areas or berths. Lines should be doubled and high on pilings. Remember storm surges can cause tides over the pilings.
  • Install fenders to protect boats from pilings, or other vessels.
  • Ensure work properly and batteries that run the pumps are fully charged.
  • Seal all openings to make the vessel watertight.
  • Collect all documents, including insurance policies. Take photographs of boats and equipment for insurance
  • Do not stay aboard boats during storms. Safeguard human life.

Boaters should take these actions at least 48-72 hours prior to the event to accommodate unforeseen problems. During the storm, occupants should be off the water and in safe shelters.  NRP reminds boaters that storm conditions can delay or prevent response from emergency personnel.

Additional information on may be found at http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/index.shtm  and  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/prepared_week.shtml


   August 5, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell
[email protected]

As National Week comes to a close, we wanted to share tips on how to prepare both your home and families before, during, and after severe tropical . All week, we’ve been sharing ways you can get prepared for the various hazards associated with a , so we wanted to end the week with a more tips on protecting your home and family from a .

In addition to the tips below, you can get more information on preparing for at www.Ready.gov/hurricanes.

Check out the tips at the website. Remember that residents of also worry during tornado and hurricane season. Be prepared:

via FEMA Blog: Day 7 – Hurricane Preparedness Week: Tips To Stay Safe.

Alameda, Calif. –Northern California Coast Guard response crews are conducting the following actions to assess and respond to any and all impacts to area shorelines as a result of the West Coast tsunami: Read the rest of this entry »

The website asks Americans to resolve to be ready in 2010. Be prepared for emergencies. See the original article at . Thanks to ’s Twitter feed http://twitter.com/ReadydotGov/



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