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How to prepare for a hurricane

Seven hurricanes and four tropical storms are predicted during this year's hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30.

You can ward off some of the danger if you are prepared.

These suggestions will help you stay ahead of the storm.


Planning ahead

To make sure everyone knows how to respond in the event of a hurricane, you might want to convene a family meeting or meetings.

 Topics of discussion should include:

  • What to do about power outages.
  • How to deal with personal injuries.
  • How to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches.
  • What to do if you have to evacuate.
  • Where to meet and whom to contact if you get separated.

In addition, you should:

  • Post emergency telephone numbers by the telephones.
  • Teach children how and when to call 911 for help.
  • Take a Red Cross first aid and CPR class.
  • Make arrangements for your pets.

Getting your food supply ready

Have at least a three-day supply of nonperishable food on hand. Focus on high-nutrition foods that require no refrigeration, preparation or cooking and little or no water.

Your foodstuffs might include:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, vegetables
  • Canned juices, milk, soup
  • Staples, including sugar, salt, pepper
  • High energy foods, including peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix
  • Vitamins
  • Foods for infants, the elderly or people on special diets
  • Comfort/stress foods, including cookies, hard candy, instant coffee, tea

Optimally, a two-week supply of nonperishable food is recommended.

Though it is unlikely that an emergency would cut off your food supply for that long, such a stockpile can relieve a great deal

of inconvenience and uncertainty until services are restored. You don't need to go out and buy unfamiliar foods to prepare an emergency food supply.

You can use the canned foods, dry mixes and other staples on your cupboard shelves.  Keep canned foods in a dry place where the temperature is fairly cool.

To protect boxed foods from pests and extend their shelf life, store the boxes in tightly closed cans or metal containers.

Rotate your food supply. Use foods before they go bad, and replace them with fresh supplies, dated with ink or marker.

Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in front.

Keep a supply of cooking and eating implements that can be used in the absence of running water or electricity, including:

  • Plastic utensils, paper cups and plates
  • Manual can and bottle openers
  • A heating source, such as a camp stove or canned heat stove, and extra fuel.

Securing your home

Board up windows or attach storm shutters. Taping windows will not prevent breakage, but will help reduce shattering.

Electric power may be off, so have a supply of extra food, especially things that can be eaten without cooking, and a hand-operated can opener.

Thoroughly clean the bathtub, jugs, bottles and cooking utensils, and fill containers with drinking water.

 Allow a minimum of 3 gallons of water for each person.

Check flashlights and radios. Make sure you have batteries.

Check trees and shrubbery, and remove limbs that could damage your house or utility lines.

Secure anything that might tear loose or blow away, including garbage cans, grills, potted plants, garden tools, toys, signs, porch furniture, awnings.

Do not lower the water level in your swimming pool, or it may pop out of the ground.

Remove pumps from underground pits after all valves have been closed and the electricity has been shut off. If the filter pump is

exposed, wrap it in a waterproof material and tie it securely. Add extra chlorine to the pool to help prevent contamination (3 gallons of chlorine per 5,000 gallons of water).

Fill your car's gas tank.


Getting special assistance

Find out about any special assistance that may be available in your community. Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends and co-workers to aid you in an emergency.

Discuss with them your needs and make sure they know how to operate any necessary equipment.

If you live in an apartment building, ask the management to clearly mark accessible exits and to make arrangements to help you evacuate the building.

Keep a supply of extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for guide or hearing-ear dogs.

Also, keep a list of the type and serial numbers of medical devices.


Is your home safe? Stay put

If you don't live in a mobile home and your house is structurally sound and in a non-evacuated zone, you should ride out the storm there.

Leaving your home when it isn't necessary adds to traffic congestion and makes it tougher on those who must evacuate.

During the storm, it is safest to use a battery-powered radio or television to monitor developments.

If you lose power, turn off major appliances such as the air conditioner and water heater to reduce damage.

Stay inside and keep away from windows or glass doors. Stay on the leeward, or downwind side of the house.

If the wind direction changes move to the new downwind side.

If the storm center passes over your area, there will be a short period of calm. The wind and rain may cease, but do not go outside.

Remember, at the other side of the eye, the wind speed rapidly increases to

hurricane force and will come from the opposite direction.

Wait for official word before you leave your home.




Utilize the folowing Radio Station before, during and after the storm:


WAAI, 100.9 FM


Monitor your radio or TV for the latest weather advisories and other

emergency information. Stay inside and keep away from windows.

Stay on the downwind side of the house.

If the wind direction changes, move to the new downwind side. Find a safe area in your home -- an interior, reinforced room, closet or

bathroom on the lower floor.

If the storm center passes over your area, there will be a short period of calm. Do not go outside.

At the other side of the eye, the wind speed rapidly increases to hurricane force and will come from the opposite direction.

Wait for official word before you leave your home.     




Snow Removal Policy

The Town of Federalsburg has a Snow Emergency Policy. Residents are required to remove the snow from all sidewalks within 24 hours after the snowfall has stopped. It is imperative that residents do not shovel snow into the street; because even though the snow has stopped falling, the snowplows will still be working to clear the streets. Any snow that is thrown into the street could be thrown back onto the sidewalk by snowplows.

All vehicles must be moved from the Snow Emergency Routes, which are clearly marked with street signs. Any vehicle that is not removed from the
Snow Emergency Route will be towed at the owner's expense. 







Federalsburg Christmas Parade

Federalsburg Lions Club

Wayne A. Cole, Chairman

2640 Meadowbrook Road

Federalsburg, Maryland 21632 

The Federalsburg Lions Club would like to invite you to participate in the annual Federalsburg Christmas Parade.  The Federalsburg Lions Club is in its second year of sponsorship for the parade.  This year's parade will take place on Monday evening, December 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.  Line up for the parade will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Bloomingdale Avenue and University Avenue.  The parade route will change somewhat this year.  The parade will begin on Bloomingdale Avenue, travel down North Main Street onto South Main Street and will end at Railroad Avenue.  This will enable the homeowners on South Main Street to enjoy the parade.  Our theme for the parade this year is "." 
We will be awarding prizes in all categories as we have in the past.  In the float competition we will be having a commercial and non-commercial category.  In the marching units, we will be having a performing and non-performing category.  Trophies will be categories such as best appearing antique car and classic car.  We will also be giving awards to the best appearing vehicle clubs and horse groups, as well as the best appearing commercial or business entry other than floats.  We will have a special award known as "Committee's Award" honoring the best appearing unit in the parade.  All units are eligible to win this award.
If you wish to participate in our parade, you may use the participation form below.  If you have any questions concerning the parade, Wayne Cole may be reached at 410-754-5594 after 6:00 p.m. or 410-943-0200 during the day.  Wayne Cole may also be reached on his cell at 443-786-3943 or he can be emailed at  Once again we hope you will consider participating in our parade on December 12, 2016.  If we are forced to postpone due to inclement weather, the parade will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.
Wayne A. Cole, Parade Chairman

Federalsburg Christmas Parade

Reply Form

Name of Organization ___________________________________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________________________________________


Contact Person _______________________________________________________________________

Email Address (if available) ______________________________________________________________

Telephone # _________________________________________________________________________

_______ Will Attend Federalsburg Parade                      _______ Will Not Attend Federalsburg Parade

Description of Units Attending _____________________________________________________________





                                    Fire Company Use:

Name of Big Miss: _____________________________________________________________________

Name of Little Miss: ____________________________________________________________________

                                     High School & Middle School Band Use:

Please List Recent Awards and Accomplishments: ______________________________________________








Halloween - Trick or Treat Policy

It is the policy of the Mayor and Council of Federalsburg to establish guidelines for the annual observance of Halloween in the

Town of Federalsburg to ensure the safety of the children and protect the community from criminal conduct.

1.  Trick or Treating will be observed on October 31st from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

2.  Trick or Treaters must be 12 years of age or under.

3.  Trick or Treaters are encouraged to carry a working flashlight, and wear costumes that will be visible to motor vehicle traffic.

4.  All children should be accompanied by an adult.

5.  Residents participating in treating are encouraged to display outside lighting as a way of acknowledging participation.

6.  Trick or Treaters are asked not to frequent residences that do not display outside lighting.

7.  Youth that are identified as being older than 12 years of age will be encouraged to discontinue Trick or Treating.

8.  Youth identified as being unruly will be dealt with according to the law.

9.  The Town encourages parents to be responsible and assist the Police in making Trick or Treating a safe and fun activity for everyone. 

If your child is beyond the age for this activity, please do not allow them to participate. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Town Office at 410-754-8173 or the Federalsburg Police Department at 410-754-8966.  Thank you.

Mayor and Council of Federalsburg







Town of Federalsburg

118 North Main Street
P O Box 471
Federalsburg, Maryland 21632
Phone: (410) 754-8173
Fax: (410) 754-9269

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