Hurricane Florence

As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast, the best action you can take is to be prepared at home and at your business.  

While uncertainty remains regarding the exact track Hurricane Florence will take, confidence is increasing that the storm will impact our region most likely Thursday (September 13) evening, with the earliest reasonable time of arrival being Thursday morning. The main anticipated threats to our area include heavy rain, damaging winds and flooding due to prolonged excessive rain as the system is expected to slow or stall after landfall Friday (September 14) and into the weekend.

As Howard County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor Florence, Howard County Government is urging residents to take the necessary precautions and steps to prepare their home and family. These steps include:

  • If your basement or crawl space is susceptible to flooding, consider buying a sump pump. If your home already has one, be sure it is in good working order.
  • Make sure to clean out gutters and downspouts. When they are clogged with leaves and debris, water overflows and spills down where it can damage walls and footings. 
  • Refresh/build your home and car disaster supply kits. Items to include are: three days-worth of nonperishable food/snacks and water (enough for each family member, including pets); first aid kit; flashlight and extra batteries; battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert; moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation; and wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, just to name a few.
    Visit for a complete list of items to include in your disaster supply kits.
  • Make sure to fill all your necessary prescriptions ahead of time and ask your doctor about the proper storage of medications.

For more tips on how to prepare for a hurricane, visit FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency's website at

For the most up-to-date information on Hurricane Florence, follow NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center, tune in to your local television or radio news station and/or follow Howard County Government social media channels for information and instructions as necessary.

Here are a number of resources that will help you be prepared.

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State of Maryland