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Citizens urged to ‘exercise caution’

From Caroline County:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

October 28, 2012

“Citizens Urged to Exercise Caution when Dealing with the Effects of the Pending Hurricane”

Caroline, Virginia – As Hurricane Sandy approaches, the Caroline County Department of Fire – Rescue and Emergency Management is asking citizens to be mindful of possible local impacts and exercise caution when dealing with the effects of the storm.

The following actions are recommended:

• Sign up to Caroline Alert, the County’s emergency notification system at www.carolinealert.com.  This will assist emergency officials in broadcasting emergency messages.

• Sandy may bring strong winds that may affect our area.  Be alert for downed power lines and trees – especially while driving.  Never drive over or touch downed lines.

• Avoid using candles for emergency lighting.   If they must be used, never leave burning candles unattended.  Be careful using generators and space heaters.  Do not operate generators indoors.  Safety information is available athttp://www.ReadyVirginia.gov.

• Prepare for extended power outages lasting several days or more.    Those on home oxygen should check their backup tanks to ensure they can operate without electricity.  Have a supply of non-perishable food and water on hand along with other special items such as medicines.  If you lose power, call your power company to report it.  Rappahannock Electric Cooperative customers may call 804-633-5011 or toll-free 1-800-552-3904.  Dominion customers should call 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357).

• Use extreme caution when operating chain saws to remove storm debris.  Use the proper safety equipment and know your limitations.   After the storm, Caroline residents may bring storm debris to the Bowling Green Convenience Site at 18280 Lakewood Road.

• After the hurricane has passed, citizens are asked to report any storm damage to their homes or business to the County’s Emergency Operations Center by calling 804-633-2261.

For more information, contact the Department of Fire-Rescue & Emergency Management at (804) 633-9831.  Local updates are also available on the County’s webpage at www.visitcaroline.com or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CarolineGov.

Sent by Mark Garnett to All users (e-mail accounts) through Caroline Alert

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