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King George officials call in extra staff

King George County has declared a local emergency in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and opened its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 7 a.m. Sunday.

The county called a meeting of public-safety agencies to finalize emergency plans.

At the Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services, additional career staff have been called in to supplement volunteers and those on duty. All three companies are staffed, according to information from Capt. Steve Lynd, the county’s deputy emergency management coordinator.

Safety officials remind residents that the National Weather Service is forecasting up to 8 inches of rain and extended periods of strong winds with gusts up to 50 mph.  The combination of heavy rain and sustained winds will likely cause trees and power lines to fall. The public should expect prolonged power outages.

King George officials offer the following safety tips:

  • For non-emergency phone calls, use the newly established hotline at 775-8950. Use 911 for emergencies.
  • Use extreme caution if you must drive. Watch out for downed trees and fallen powerlines.
  • If you use an electrical generator, remember that carbon monoxide is a odorless gas that can kill. Use the generator in a safe manner, outside of the house/garage, use proper extension cords, and store fuel in a safe manner.
  • Food Safety: see this link from the FDA.
  • Emergency Shelter: If conditions warrant opening a shelter, the public will be notified by local media, KGALERT, social media and the county website.