PRINCE FREDERICK, MD (August 23, 2011) â€”
County Commissioners have established a local shelter at Huntingtown High
School, 4125 Solomons Island Rd. (Route 2/4), Huntingtown, for residents who
need a temporary place to stay following the reported
5.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred in Mineral Springs, Virginia, today at
approximately 2 p.m.
who NEED to relocate should do the following:
- DO NOT dial 911 unless you have a life-threatening
- Gather items you will need to take with you. (Refer to checklist
- Turn off lights and appliances (except refrigerators and
- Close and lock windows and doors.
- Use your own vehicle. Offer rides to neighbors who may not have
- If you need a ride or special assistance, call 410-535-0396 or
0314 in Calvert County.
- Pets can be accommodated at the shelter; pets should be in
Medical supplies (prescriptions, other medication, first
Money (cash, checkbook, credit cards, important personal
and financial documents)
Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, soap, shaving supplies,
eye care supplies, washcloth, towels)
Baby supplies (formula, diapers, favorite
Blankets, sleeping bags, pillows
Portable radio and batteries
Special diet food if you have a special diet
Johnson Bridge in Solomons and the Route 231 bridge crossing the Patuxent River
are open to traffic.
should call 911 in the event of an emergency while all others are encouraged to
stay off phone lines to avoid overburdening the system. Residents should tune it
to local radio and television stations for more information. Calvert County has
established information phone lines at 410-535-0396 or
Emergency Management Agency offers the following advice for earthquake
aftershocks. These secondary shockwaves are usually less violent than the
main quake but can be strong enough to do additional damage to weakened
structures and can occur in the first hours, days, weeks, or even months after
Listen to a
battery-operated radio or television. Listen for the latest emergency
telephone only for emergency calls.
cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off
from damaged areas. Stay away unless your assistance has been specifically
requested by police, fire, or relief organizations. Return home only when
authorities say it is safe.
from coastal cliff areas.
or trapped persons. Remember to help your neighbors who may require special
assistance such as infants, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Give
first aid where appropriate. Do not move seriously injured persons unless they
are in immediate danger of further injury. Call for help.
spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids
immediately. Leave the area if you smell gas or fumes from other
entire length of chimneys for damage. Unnoticed damage could lead to a
gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window
and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if
you can and call the gas company from a neighbor's home. If you turn off the gas
for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
electrical system damage. If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if
you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or
circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit
breaker, call an electrician first for advice.
sewage and water lines damage. If you suspect sewage lines are damaged,
avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact
the water company if applicable and avoid using water from the tap. You can
obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.