Businesses in Mandatory Evacuation Areas Must Be Closed by 6:00 p.m.
Wilmington – Governor Jack Markell has expanded his executive order that declared a state of emergency for Delaware to include a requirement that businesses in mandatory evacuation zones must now be closed by 6 pm this evening.
The mandatory evacuation period for coastal communities in Sussex, Kent and New Castle counties, and a flood-prone area in western Sussex County began last night at 8:00 pm and must be completed by 8:00 p.m. this evening.
“This storm is severe and its potential damages significant. It is critical that residents in areas of greatest risk leave those areas now before the storm’s full force is felt and lives are put at greater risk,” said Markell, who spent the day with emergency responders and state workers at the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and in flood-prone areas.
First responders, medical services and other essential personnel, food and fuel deliveries, members of the media, public utilities and other businesses necessary to maintaining the health and safety of the people in Delaware are exempted from this requirement.
Residents who have evacuation questions may contact their respective local emergency operations centers:
The Delaware Helpline at 1-800-464-HELP (4357) will also activate Sunday at 8 a.m. for hurricane information. The Hurricane Sandy Delaware Information Line is also available at 302-632-7060. Residents are encouraged to check-in on the elderly.Related Topics: sandy
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