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Hurricane Florence Emergency Preparations

Update: 9/11/18

The Emergency Management team has been monitoring the track of Hurricane Florence and making plans for its arrival. We expect to begin to feel the impact of Florence beginning this Thursday. Additional information as to the storm’s track and expected impact on normal operations will be provided through emails, this website and text messages as the storm nears Maryland.

Please consider the following as we want you to be prepared, and to help us to continue to provide the necessary services to our patients during this time.

At Home:

  • Have your family emergency plans in place
    • Flashlights/batteries
    • Have phone numbers handy
    • A radio (Harford County Updates: WXCY – 103.7FM and WHFC – 91.1FM)
    • Secure outside belongings and furniture as we expect high winds and strong gusts
    • Watch the Harford Cable Network for County Updates (Comcast channel 21, Armstrong channel 7, Verizon channel 31)
    • Follow the Harford County Government website ( for useful updates and information for you and your family

At Work:

  • Review your departmental emergency plan to know your role
  • Allow for additional travel time to work
    • During high winds bridges will be closed
    • Havre de Grace roads tend to flood
    • The instructions below provide you with alternate routes in and Harford Memorial Hospital
    • Call the UCH Weather Hotline at 443-643-3367 for details about the hospital operations
    • Pack extra clothes in case you stay overnight. Sleeping arrangements will be facilitated by the Command Center.
A Command Center will be established at some time during the storm to provide assistance as needed. Thank you in advance for your dedication to our patients and your support. Stay safe!

Alternate Routes to and from Harford Memorial Hospital

Emergency Detour Route TO UM HMH

  • Take Maryland Route 7 (Old Post Road) to Old Bay Lane
  • Turn at red light onto Old Bay Lane
  • Turn left onto 3rd Street, through gate at National Guard Property
  • Pass through 3 gates located on the City of Havre de Grace Public Works Property
  • Follow detour signage
  • After passing through 3rd gate, turn left
  • Go (along fence) to stop sign and turn right
  • Go approx. 100 feet to stop sign and turn left
  • Turn right onto Bloomsbury Avenue (approx. 150 feet)
  • Go to 2nd stop sign and turn right onto Giles Street
  • Go 4 blocks and turn left onto Union Ave.
  • Go 3 blocks and turn right onto Lewis Street
  • The hospital Emergency Entrance will be on the left

Emergency Detour Route FROM UM HMH

  • Turn left onto South Union Avenue heading towards the park
  • Turn right onto Giles Street
  • Turn left onto either Chesapeake Drive or Bloomsbury Avenue
  • Turn right onto Seneca Avenue
  • Turn left onto Post Road and follow to Route 40

Storm Route to HMH Map