REISTERSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — The Maryland Emergency Management Agency has tips to prepare for a natural disaster.

September marks Maryland’s Preparedness Month, officials advise residents to plan for disaster before it happens.

  1. Prepare for an emergency before it happens.
  2. Have a plan. This means a communications plan, an evacuation & reunification plan, and a plan for your pets.
  3. Know your Zone and be a good neighbor — It only takes one tropical storm or hurricane to change your life.
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A plan helps you and your loved ones remain safe during a hurricane — or another incident — that has the potential to change your life and the surroundings around you.

“We are entering the height of the hurricane season in the Mid-Atlantic Region,” said MEMA Executive Director Russell Strickland. “That’s why now is a good time to review preparedness plans at home, at work, and at school. Having a plan, a disaster supply kit, and paying attention to trusted weather forecasts will help protect you and your family in most emergencies. It only takes one storm to change your life.”

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In Maryland, flooding, high winds, severe thunderstorms and winter storms are more common threats.

For more information on Hurricane Dorian and additional threats, visit:

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Written By WJZ Apprentice Ju’waun Morgan