Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley Friday morning signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency for all Maryland counties in advance of Hurricane Sandy, the effects of which are expected to reach the state as early as Sunday.
"As Hurricane Sandy makes its way north, I urge all Maryland residents to prepare for extreme weather," O'Malley said in a statement.
"I urge all Marylanders to review their family emergency plans, make sure their emergency supplies like batteries and water are fully stocked and to stay informed."
With the declaration comes the authority to activate the Maryland National Guard and "provide assistance to local emergency managers," according to the statement.
Click here for a copy of the executive order.