BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Are you ready?

It’s the question being asked by Baltimore city’s mayor as we enter hurricane season.

Marcus Washington has more on a call from the mayor.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says get prepared!

This time of year is when families enjoy time in the sun, even taking a few vacations.

It’s also time to brace for hurricanes as today marks the beginning of the storm season.

Central Maryland has avoided the damage of a hurricane for some time.

According to the mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, a hurricane — in terms of damage — is Baltimore’s top hazard.

“It’s important to know we still have ongoing recovery projects from Hurricane Sandy in 2012, so it gives you the idea of the impact, even a smaller storm can have and the lasting effect it can have on our city,” Connor Scott, of the mayor’s Office of Emergency Management.

There is not much a person can do to prevent disastrous weather from happening, but there are many things one can do to prepare for its affects.

That’s why Rawlings-Blake is pushing for people to get prepared.

Recently the National Weather Service demmed Baltimore storm ready, meaning we are able to handle disasters that come our way.

The mayor also wants to ensure that all residents are prepared.

“That could mean anything from updating you hurricane kits, to ensuring that you family has basic survival supplies including, a gallon of water per person, a flashlight and a battery-powered radio,” Rawlings-Blake said.

The items needed can be found at most stores and can all easily fit into a small bag.

It’s the preparedness gearing you up to handle whatever may come our way.

The National Weather Service’s storm ready program is a voluntary certification that local communities can go through to ensure they are prepared if and when a natural disaster hots.

The storm ready recognition is a first for Baltimore.

A few of the other areas also storm ready include Howard and Harford counties along with Ocean City.


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