BALTIMORE - The governor's office is encouraging senior citizens to take proper precautions in advance of Hurricane Sandy and also urging those with elderly or disabled friends to check-in on them before and after the storm.
Forecasters are currently expecting the effects of Hurricane Sandy as early as Sunday. Currently, high winds, stream and tidal flooding and the potential for downed trees and power lines are a concern.
"Older Marylanders are particularly vulnerable during natural disasters and storms like Hurricane Sandy," said Secretary of Aging Gloria Lawlah. "If you know of a loved one or neighbor who lives alone or has any medical conditions, check on them and make sure they have adequate food, shelter and medication."
The following are suggested safety measures:
1) Prepare for possible power outages lasting as long as several days.
2) Realize that daytime temperatures are expected to be about 20 degrees cooler after the storm.
3) Make sure you have extra blankets and appropriate clothing to deal with cooler temperatures if the power is out.
4) If using a generator, make sure it is not in a basement or garage and make sure it is located a safe distance from any door, windows or ventilation systems.
5) Make sure cell phones and other electronic devices are fully charged. Consider purchasing a car charger if you don't already have one.
6) Secure any loose items such as yard furniture and grills outside of your house.
7) Make sure you have a disaster supply kit with water, non-perishable food, a change of clothes, extra medications and any special items you might need for infants, children and pets.
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