ANNAPOLIS, Md. - With 8 inches or more of snow expected to cover much of the state on Thursday, Gov. Martin O'Malley has declared a state of emergency.
This declaration will allow the state to deploy members of the Maryland National Guard, allow emergency contracting by the Department of General Services and waive certain rules and regulations to speed recovery from the storms.
O'Malley said he made the declaration early as forecasters predict this will be a heavy, wet snow. The latest snow, combined with last week's ice storm, could lead to power outages and downed power lines. Residents are advised to prepare for potential power outages and to conserve power as much as possible.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency is advising residents they should have a disaster supply kit with water, non-perishable food, a battery- or crank-operated radio and other necessities in case of an extended power outage. Now is also the time to make sure cell phones and other devices are fully charged in case of a power outage.
Also, make sure your vehicle's battery, tires and wiper blades are in good condition should you have to trevel in the snow.