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Hurricane Joaquin Updates

Fortunately, the latest forecast for Hurricane Joaquin indicates that the storm is veering away from the District and will not directly impact our region.  As a result, the Mayor, in consultation with HSEMA and other District agencies, have decided not to activate the full Emergency Operations Center today.  As always the District’s Joint All-Hazards Operations Center will be activated and continually monitoring the storm and any other weather impacts 24/7.

While Hurricane Joaquin may not affect us directly, this is a great time for District residents, commuters, and businesses to prepare yourselves and your family for an emergency. We encourage all households to Get Informed, Make a Plan, Make an Emergency Go Kit, and Be Aware. Visit for information on how to be prepared for emergencies.

As always, a flood watch means conditions are ripe for flooding to occur in your area and a flood warning means flooding is either happening or will happen shortly. Remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown. A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve inches of water can float a car or small SUV, and 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles. As a result, you should not attempt to drive on flooded roadways or around a barricade. Make sure you are signed up for AlertDC at to get official District emergency alerts, notifications, and updates sent to your telephone or email.

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