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 ready.dc.gov 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 alertdc.dc.gov to get official District emergency alerts, notifications, and updates sent to your telephone or email.
- Resources from the District’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA):
- Ready Business: www.ready.gov/business
- Commuter emergency plan: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/90370
- Family emergency plan: http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/FamEmePlan_2012.pdf
- Small Business Administration disaster planning: https://www.sba.gov/content/disaster-planning
- Disaster Reporter App: https://www.fema.gov/disaster-reporter