FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mayor’s Office
Salisbury – The City is in the path of a very strong storm which has brought us wind gusts topping 60mph in just the past few hours. The National Weather Service has issued a High Wind Warning for Salisbury and all of Wicomico County through 6 a.m. Saturday. Gusts are anticipated to remain in the 45-65mph range overnight tonight into the morning hours. To see the warning in its entirety, go to http://bit.ly/2FN5Krg.
In order to help residents be better informed during events such as this, the City has made its GIS Emergency Event Viewer publicly accessible. The Emergency Event Viewer utilizes Geographic Information Systems to overlay maps with warnings and advisories, radar, forecasts, flood gauges, shelter locations, and the location of emergency services. To access the viewer, go to http://bit.ly/SBYGIS.
It is reasonable to anticipate power outages as a result of the strong winds. Residents are urged to have flashlights with fresh batteries on-hand, and to keep refrigerators closed to the extent that it is possible until the power returns. To report an outage, or to check the status of an outage in your neighborhood, visit the Delmarva Power website at www.delmarva.com, or call 1-800-898-8042. For a list of family-friendly games to play when the lights are out, check out https://holidappy.com/misc/Power-Outage-Activities.
Please take necessary precautions to secure loose items which may be blown around. Lawn furniture, garbage bins, and trampolines are especially susceptible to heavy gusts. We can also expect a high volume of downed tree limbs and branches as a result of the storm. To arrange for bulk yard debris pick-up after the storm has passed, visit www.salisbury.md/services/bulk-trash-pick-up
Downtown business owners who have concerns about the potential of high water associated with this storm may utilize the sandbags which have been left at the pavilion at Market and Baptist Streets. Please take no more than 10, and return them to the pavilion anytime next week as you’re able to.
In the event of an emergency, please dial 911. For non-emergency calls after-hours, call 410-548-3165. To report an infrastructure issue or concern, please visit https://salisbury.md/citzen-services/report-infrastructure-issue-concern