NWtoSE readers. . . here is the e-mail I prepared as the Public Safety Chair in my DC Neighborhood.
Please take steps to prepare for potential Hurricane:
SIGN UP FOR ALERT DC
You will receive text and/or e-mail alerts about emergency updates in and around the District.
MAKE A 72 HOUR KIT
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!