Department of Emergency Services
Special Information & Seasonal Warnings
This page contains special information of importance to Caroline
County residents, as well as warnings of seasonal hazards.
Tropical Storm Watch: Tropical Storm conditions are
possible in the specified area of the Watch, usually within 36
Caroline County - Hurricane Floyd - September 1999
Tropical Storm Warning: Tropical Storm conditions are
expected in the specified area of the Warning, usually within
Hurricane Watch: Hurricane conditions are possible in the
specified area of the Watch, usually within 36 hours. During a
Hurricane Watch, prepare to take immediate action to protect
your family and property in case a Hurricane Warning is issued.
Hurricane Warning: Hurricane conditions are expected in
the specified area of the Warning, usually within 24 hours.
Complete all storm preparations and evacuate if directed by
Short Term Watches and Warnings: These provide detailed
information on specific hurricane threats, such as tornadoes,
floods, and high winds.
Preparations You Can Make Before the Start of
the Hurricane Season (June 1st)
- Know the storm surge and flooding history of your area.
- Learn safe evacuation routes.
- Learn the location of official human and pet shelters
by contacting your local office of Emergency Services
- Decide where you will go in case of an evacuation order
and plan your route accordingly.
- Inventory your property and put the list in a safe place.
- Prepare a disaster supply kit in a duffel bag, back pack,
or covered garbage pail, which you can carry easily. If
you need to evacuate, you should take this kit with you.
It should include the flowing:
Disaster Supply Kit:
- Bottled water and dried/canned foods to last 7-10
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated flashlight
- Battery operated radio
- Extra batteries
- Personal care items
- First Aid Kit
- Sleeping bags or blankets
- Sturdy shoes
- Insect repellent
- Clear gutters and downspouts, and trim
trees and shrubs.
- If you have a boat, determine where to
move it in an emergency.
- Review your insurance policy.
- Individuals with special sheltering or
evacuation needs should contact their local offices of
Emergency Services for assistance.
During the Storm
Caroline County, MD 480 between Greensboro and Ridgely - Hurricane Floyd, September 1999
- Stay inside a well-constructed building.
- Stay away from windows and doors, even
if they are covered.
- Close all interior doors.
- Go to the basement or an interior first
floor room such as a bathroom, closet, or under the
- In a multiple story building, go to the
first or second floor and take refuge in the halls or
other interior rooms away from windows.
- Lie on the floor under tables or other
- Be alert for tornadoes which often are
spawned by hurricanes.
- If the "eye" of the hurricane passes
over your area, be aware that the improved weather
conditions are temporary, and that the storm conditions
will return with winds coming from the opposite
direction - some times in a period of just a few minutes!
After the Storm
- Stay in your protected area until
announcements are made on radio or television.
- If you have evacuated, do not try to
return home until officials announce that your area is
- Proof of residency may be required in
order to re-enter areas that have been evacuated.
Caroline County - Hurricane Floyd - September 1999
- If your home or building has structural
damage, do not enter until it is checked by officials.
- Avoid using candles and other open flames
- Avoid downed power lines and any water in
which they may be lying.
- Be alert for poisonous snakes, often
driven from their habitat by high water.
- Beware of weakened bridges and washed out
- Watch for weakened limbs on trees and/or
damaged over hanging structures.
- Do not use the telephone unless absolutely
- Use dry or canned food. Do not drink or
prepare food with tap water until you are certain it is
- Use caution when cutting up fallen trees.
Hurricanes...Unleashing Nature's Fury,
Names for Atlantic Storms
Many flood-related deaths and injuries are due to a lack of
public understanding of the severity and danger involved with
floods and flash floods. Learn more on our
Flood Information page.
Appropriate Use of 9-1-1
The 9-1-1 Emergency System makes an important difference in our
community everyday. It is your first source of help in times
of crisis and it can mean the difference between life and
death. When used properly, 9-1-1 saves seconds and those
seconds can save lives.
Dialing 9-1-1 is the fastest, easiest way to communicate with
local police, fire, and medical services during an emergency.
You do this by simply waiting for the dial tone on your
telephone, cellular phone or public telephone, then dialing
When Calling 9-1-1
No money is needed for calling 9-1-1 from a pay phone. If
there is an emergency, you can just pick up a pay phone, wait
for a dial tone, and dial 9-1-1 without depositing a coin.
- Stay Calm. Give your name, location, and nature of the
- Listen carefully to the 9-1-1 operator.
- Answer the 9-1-1 operator's questions as accurately as
possible. Speak clearly and slowly.
- Do exactly as the 9-1-1 operator tells you during the
course of the call.
- Never hang up on the 9-1-1 operator until you are told
to do so. If you hang up and redial, your call will go
to the end of the line of people waiting for service.
Special 9-1-1 Tips For Seniors
Source: Brochure "Dial 9-1-1 in an Emergency" - 1997
Specialty Products Office - NCPB-061
- Invest in a touch-tone phone with large, easy-to-read
numbers. Put a 9-1-1 reminder near the phone.
- Dialing "0" will not always connect you with an operator
nearby. It may connect you with an operator many hundreds
of miles away. Always dial 9-1-1 for local police, fire
or medical emergency assistance.
- The 9-1-1 system allows the dispatcher to "know" where
you are calling from even if you cannot speak - for
instance, if you are experiencing a stroke or if there is
an intruder in your home. Just dial 9-1-1 and leave the
phone off the hook. Do not hang up.
- Keep your medical history taped to the refrigerator in
an envelope clearly marked with your doctor's phone