Virginia Declares State of Emergency in Advance of Hurricane Ian; Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Monitoring Storm

by Patrick Herron

On Wednesday, Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin declared a State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Ian, which is expected to start impacting parts of DC, Maryland, and Virginia on Friday evening. According to a press release, the State of Emergency “allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources and equipment needed for response and recovery efforts. Virginians should be prepared for the potential of severe rainfall, flooding, wind damage, tornadoes, and other storm-related impacts.”  The full text of Executive Order 22 is available here.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan tweeted that he is continuing to monitor Hurricane Ian for any potential impact on the state and “in response to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact request, an incident management team consisting of personnel from Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties has deployed to the State of Florida.”
Per the Maryland Department of Emergency Management:

  • The situation is fast-moving and continues to develop; you can stay informed by signing up for MdReady/MdListo. Signing up is easy: text MdReady (or MdListo for Spanish texts) to 211-MD1 (211-631).
  • Ian will bring periods of light to moderate rain Friday night through Sunday as well as the risk of inland flooding and flash flooding.
  • Periods of gale-force winds are possible at times through Monday, mainly for ocean beaches and south of Drum Point/Cobb Point MD on the Chesapeake/Potomac:
  • Be careful around standing water, particularly while driving. It can be difficult to tell how deep it is at first glance. Flash flooding can be quick and dangerous. If you receive a flood watch, warning, or suspect flooding is happening, immediately head to higher ground.
  • Create or update your family’s emergency kit with non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, and medical supplies. Learn more about kits here: Have a family plan for what to do in the event of a disaster and/or evacuation.
  • Keep following Maryland Department of Emergency Management, MdReady/Listo, and your local news for more information on Hurricane Ian.



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