Video from NWtoSE: Irene bringing in the rain

As a public safety advocate I won’t lie and say this video will win 1st prize in the storm-chasers award ceremony, however it gives you an idea of what I saw from my window last night.  The rain seemed like it would never end!  So grateful to see a blue sky now in NW, Washington DC!

It’s not too late DC to BE READY for IRENE

NWtoSE readers. . . here is the e-mail I prepared as the Public Safety Chair in my DC Neighborhood.

Dear neighbors

Please take steps to prepare for potential Hurricane:

You will receive text and/or e-mail alerts about emergency updates in and around the District.

A 72 hour kit will sustain you for 3 days with food, water and supplies.
Remember things like medication and extra cash because credit card machine may not work if power is lost.  Keep in mind your fridge may also loose power as well- plan for a backup of any necessary refrigerated items.

Remove items and/or secure items in your back and front yards so that high winds will not cause damage to your home or neighbors home.


District residents may pick up sandbags (up to five per household) at its New Jersey Avenue and K Street, SE site (entrance on New Jersey at I Street, SE).   Sandbag distribution will begin on Friday, August 26, at 12 Noon and run until Midnight, and will continue on Saturday, August 27, from 8 am – Midnight.  Each sandbag weighs between 40 lbs. and 50 lbs. and residents will need to load them into their vehicles, although some assistance may be available.Check out DPW’s website for more information.

Consider your pets needs and have a evacuation plan for them.  Katrina posed many hard decisions for pet owners so be informed and prepared.

Have enough batteries for flashlights, matches and candles in case power is loss.  Remember you may want to conserve cell phone, and computer use because once your battery life is drained you may not be able to recharge it.

Have a “Social Networking” plan to contact out-of-the area family so they know you are safe in case cell phone service is over- loaded.  You may have one Facebook contact that can contact other family members or friends.  You can also “follow” various government agencies on twitter to check updates about the weather etc.  Check for updates about conditions on social networks.

LEAVE PHONE LINES OPEN during major emergencies.  Report injuries, structural damages, robberies in progress etc. Please use e-mail and text if possible to contact friends and family to let them know you are “ok.”

If you are UNABLE TO MAKE A PHONE CALL you may attempt to travel to your local police station, fire station, or hospital.  Do you know where they are in your neighborhood?

CHECK ON NEIGHBORS to make sure they are prepared, particularly if they need special attention like seniors and people with disabilities.

For more information about how to prepare for an emergency please check out these agencies websites:

Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)
Follow on Twitter: @DC_HSEMA

Metropolitan Police Department
Follow on Twitter: @DCPoliceDept

Department of Public Works
Follow on Twitter: @DCDPW

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Local TV and Radio

If you have any further recommendations, questions, concerns etc please feel free to contact me!

Stay safe!

MPD 3rd District National Night Out 2011 Tomorrow Night! 8/2

Make a presence in your community and come out and support another National Night Out in DC with your local Metropolitan Police Department in the 3rd District and community leaders!

NWtoSE will be at a booth discussing Crime Prevention Activities and how you can start a Neighborhood Watch which is about getting to know your neighbors and working with people who have been involved with the criminal justice system.

See you in Columbia Heights tomorrow!

Please see the details below:

MPD 3D National Night Out 2011

METRO opening their doors (finally)- Open House and Town Hall Meetings May 16-19, 2011

It’s funny because Metro and I have such a love/hate relationship.  I love them because they get me wherever I need to go and at times I hate them because they are my only option to get where I am going.  I have no car, no bike and frankly no money in the near future to buy either so I must remind myself daily of things I love about the Metro or I will go crazy!

Over the past couple of years when you mention the word “Metro” my blood pressure rises and start thinking about all the times I have been late to work, missed events, pay higher costs for poorer service and been treated with less than respect by some employees and riders.   I have attended The Metro Riders Advisory meetings, filled out comments cards and at times resorted to walking or just simply not leaving my house on the weekend due to track work.  When I need to feel the love for the hate I read the blog Unsuck DC Metro and feel relief!  I am not only one that watches Metro employees be bothered to help you at kiosk because they are on a personal phone call, refuse to give you directions, be bothered to check your SmarTrip, leave to go to the bathroom during rush hour to name a few situations.

It’s about to be heavy tourist season so that means children acting extra wild, parents yelling for their kids, folks getting confused and clogging the door but hey I guess they are brining tourism money to the city right?  The good news is that I think we have some pretty decent transit police the only problem is there are only about 400 or so for the entire system that covers Maryland, Virginia and DC.

If you have any concerns, questions, would like to meet the man behind the curtain I suggest you attend one of the following “Open Houses combined Town Hall Meeting” this week.  I know I have a few things to say.  See you there!

YOU’RE ON.                         

And we’re listening.                                                                                             



We are tuning in to you to help us make important decisions about Metro’s future.

For the first time ever, Metro will host combined Open Houses and Town Hall Meetings prior to its official Public Hearings. Metro staff members will be available at Open Houses for one-on-one conversations about Metro service and programs. Town Hall Meetings will give you an opportunity to talk about the future of the system with Metro leaders, including members of the Metro Board of Directors. During the Public Hearings, Metro will take formal testimony on the following options under consideration for the FY12 budget:

o    Increasing the Metrorail train wait times on weekends

o    Eliminating the Metrobus E6, K1 and N8 lines

o    Restructuring the Metrobus M4, V7, V8, 70 and 71 lines

o    Eliminating the 50¢ discount on certain Anacostia bus routes, resulting in MetroAccess fare increase, and modification of the Anacostia station bus transfer discount program


The Open Houses will be from 5:30-6:00 p.m. followed by the Town Hall Meetings/Q&A from 6:00-6:45 p.m. The Public Hearings will start at 6:45 p.m. Please join us at one of the following:


MONDAY, MAY 16Maryland – Prince George’s County Treetops Professional Place8181 Professional Place

Hyattsville, MD

Metrorail stop: New Carrollton



Virginia – Alexandria


George Washington Middle School

1005 Mt. Vernon Ave

Alexandria, VA

Metrorail stop: Braddock Road


District of Columbia – NW


St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church

4125 Fessenden St, NW

Washington, DC

Metrorail stop: Friendship Heights

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18Maryland – Montgomery County First Baptist Church of Wheaton10914 Georgia Ave

Wheaton, MD

Metrorail stop: Wheaton


Virginia – Arlington


Arlington County Board Room

2100 Clarendon Blvd, 3rd Floor

Arlington, VA

Metrorail stop: Court House



District of Columbia – SE


Matthews Memorial Baptist Church

2616 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE

Washington, DC

Metrorail stop: Anacostia


All locations are wheelchair accessible. For accommodations for people with disabilities, call (202) 962-2511. For language interpretation, call (202) 962-1082.

 Get the latest information, including travel recommendations, online at

YOUNGINS! April 16th- Town Hall Meeting Just for YOU!

What’s going on?

The 6th Annual Youth Opportunity Summit and Town Hall Meeting

When: April 16th, 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Where: Savoy Elementary School- 2400 Shannon Place, SE

(School is located directly across the street from the Anacostia Metro Station)

Is this just another meeting in DC?

NO! There will be breakout workshops for youth, parents, guardians/ older folks (older than the kids- that’s me!)

Will there be food? YES! Lunch will be served!

Youth Opportunity Summit and Town Hall Meeting April 16th

The official statement from MPD:

You are invited to attend the 6th Annual Youth Opportunity Summit and Town Hall Meeting.  This meeting is held to discuss preparing youth to stay safe and avoid criminal behavior, especially after school and during summer vacation.  The Metropolitan Police Department will engage youth in an energizing panel discussion followed by breakout workshops topics design by youth for youth.

The panelists will include young adults who made it through their teen years successfully and are now embarking on careers or educational opportunities.  Just to name a few confirmed panelists:  Markus Batchelor, former DC Youth Mayor and 2011 George Washington University Trachtenberg Scholarship Winner; Chris Wright, Senior, Georgetown University; DJ Rico, Majic 102.3 and other exciting individuals.

Lunch will be served, followed by breakout workshops to further connect youth to positive avenues to stay out of trouble.  We are calling on you to bring youth out to this exciting event. The purpose of this yearly event is to provide assistance with engaging youth residents, their parents or guardians in meaningful activities that deter criminal behavior.

Community Justice Advisory Network- 3/30/11

C o m m u n i t y J u s t i c e A d v i s o r y N e t w o r k ( C J A N )

Please come out and support my good friend Eric Shuler who has been working very hard planning for this event!!!

Date: Wednesday March 30, 2011 Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm


The Reeves Center

2 0 0 0 1 4 t h S t r e e t N . W.

2 n d F l o o r L a r g e C o m m u n i t y R o o m

“Public Safety through Wor k f o r c e Development and Community Involvement”

Refreshments Served


T h e R e e v e s C e n t e r

2000 14th Street N.W.

2nd Floor Community Room

Contact Information:

(202) 442-1802

(202) 220-5316

Participating Organizations:

ANC Commissioners

CSOSA Community Supervision Services

Mentoring Works, Inc,

Metropolitan Police Department

Northwest Columbia Heights Civic Association (NWCHCA)

Northwest Columbia Heights Shaw Collaborative (NWCHSC)

U.S. Attorney’s office

Vocational Opportunities for Training, Education and Employment Unit

Weed & Seed

3D Neighborhood Watch Program Training- 3/17/11

3D Neighborhood Watch Program (NWP) Training
Have you heard? Crime has been on the rise in Third District.
Learn how you can effectively PREVENT many crimes in your neighborhood!
Date:  Thursday, March 17th- Wear your green!
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Free Refreshments Provided!
Where: 3D Police Station-1620 V Street, NW- Snyder Room
Training Instructor: Samantha Nolan, Neighborhood Watch Program Director, 2D,
Former Citizens Advisory Committee, (CAC) Chair 2D
Sponsored by:  Marco Santiago Community Outreach Coordinator MPD 3D
Who should attend? All neighbors, businesses and stakeholders interested in reducing and preventing crime!
What will we be discussing?
*How to organize a Neighborhood Watch Program
*Creating Block Captains/ increasing effectiveness of existing block captains
*Setting up phone tree’s/ Communication Plans
*Organizing Safety Walks
*Working with police/neighbors effectively
*Protecting property
Questions?  Please contact:
Jana Baldwin at
Google Voicemail: (202) 455-4065
RSVP is appreciated! Please fill this form by submitting your name and e-mail by filling out this link

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