Governor Martin O' Malley (Maryland) and Governor Bob McDonnell (Virginia) have both signed executive orders declaring a State of Emergency for their respective states.
These executive orders for a faster response once Sandy makes landfall early next week, even though her effects will be felt well in advance of the eye actually making landfall.
For more information, and the executive orders, follow the links below:
State of Maryland: State of Emergency Executive Order
For more safety tips on how you and your family can prepare, click here: Residents Are Urged To Prepare For Hurricane Sandy's Effects