Officials encourage storm preparedness


May 27, 2007

After a warning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials predicted that the Atlantic hurricane season will be more active than usual this year, the Harford County Division of Emergency Operations is urging residents to be prepared for major storms.

With hurricane season beginning Friday, county emergency planners are advising residents to prepare a kit containing, at minimum, a flashlight with batteries, a battery-powered radio and water for seven days.

Residents are encouraged to build and maintain a complete home-preparedness kit and plan for any kind of emergency.

They are also advised to keep a list of local radio stations (WXCY 103.7 FM, WHFC 91.1 FM and WBAL 1090 AM) to listen for advisories and telephone numbers for hospitals, police and Harford County Division of Emergency Operations, 410-638-4900.

Libraries offering free wireless access

Free wireless access to the Internet is available at all 11 branches of Harford County Public Library.

The wireless network is available for patrons who bring their portable devices equipped with wireless networking capabilities, such as a personal digital assistant or laptop, to the library.

The system provides users with Internet access via a Web browser.

"This is a service our customers have requested and will enhance the library's public Internet access in all of our branches," said Gia Wilhelm, technology administrator for the library system.

Library gets $1,000 from Rotary Club

Aberdeen Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Harford County Public Library for the library foundation and summer reading program.

Club President Kelly Hinder presented the check to library director Audra Caplan.

Registration for the summer reading program begins June 18.

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