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Tuesday February 20th 2018

Help in an Emergency

Wesley Heights News and Neighborhood Watch (Sent out by Kent Slowinski)

What to do in an emergency (snow storm, power outage, etc.)

Check in with your neighbors

Please check in with your neighbors, especially if they are elderly or require special medical attention. Pepco makes it a priority to restore power to people who require electricity due to medical conditions.

Backup generators

Some neighbors are looking into installing backup natural gas generators that can service several homes, instead of just one. But there are low pressure areas in some parts of Wesley Heights that complicate the installation. If you are interested in learning more, please send me an email: wksla@aol.com.

Councilmember Mary Cheh’s staff and the Office of People’s Council are looking into this low pressure system issue.

Restoring confidence in the Power Grid

I recently attended the DC Environmental Networks discussion on “Restoring Confidence in the Power Grid:” http://www.dcen.net/restoring-confidence-in-the-power-grid-part-two/

If you click on the link you’ll see your ANC Commissioner hard at work in the front row with Jim Dougherty of the Sierra Club.

There was some discussion about the District, Montgomery and Prince Georges establishing a publicly owned power company by promoting several “off grid” demonstration projects. The old Walter Reed Hospital site is being considered for one demonstration project that will include co-generation and renewable energy. The Sierra Club and other groups are considering taking the lead on this issue. This could put Pepco out of business.

Neighborhood Resources

Do you offer a service or have equipment that might be helpful during an emergency? Do you know someone else who does?

We are developing a list of services and equipment that neighbors can provide, such as four-wheel-drive transportation, emergency medical training, cell phone recharging, backup generators, snow plowing services, snow shoveling services, chain saws, etc..

This type of data base is encouraged in the Neighborhood Watch and CERT trainings (see below). If you have something to add to the Wesley Heights Neighborhood Watch database, please email me: wksla@aol.com.

Emergency preparedness training

As we’re hunkered down, waiting for the storm to pass, please consider taking a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training or the Neighborhood Corps training.

Both trainings are federally funded and are offered by the Mayor’s Office of Serve DC. Neighbors are usually the first responders during emergencies, so it makes sense to train neighbors to respond to emergencies.

CERT: http://serve.dc.gov/service/community-emergency-response-team-cert-training
Neighborhood Corps: http://serve.dc.gov/service/neighborhood-corps
Serve DC: http://serve.dc.gov/

CERT trainings are usually done in three hour sessions over five days in one week. Neighborhood Corps trainings are spread over a two month period, but are approximately the same number of hours. You will learn how to use a fire extinguisher, how to direct traffic, how to diagnose/apply a splint to a broken arm, and best of all, you will be CPR/AED certified for free. One of the highlight of the Neighborhood Corps training is going into the Metro tunnels. A background check is required for security purposes.

The trainings are usually held at One Judiciary Square (441 4th Street, NW), but they will bring the trainings to us if we organize a group of at least twelve people. I have asked American University representatives if they would consider arranging the trainings for both students and neighbors.

In addition, MPD offers the Neighborhood Watch trainings: http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/neighborhood-watch

Please consider participating in one or all of the trainings. If you would like to participate, or if you know of another organization that might be interested in hosting the trainings, please send me an email: wksla@aol.com.

This is the end of the Wesley Heights Neighborhood Watch email. I have included Councilmember Cheh’s note about the Ward 3 Emergency Relief Center and MPD’s emergency email links below.

Please stay safe.

Kent Slowinski
ANC 3D01

email: wksla@aol.com

You are asked to contact 911 for any and all urgent or Life-Threatening Emergencies, and 311 or (202) 727-6161, the Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) for non- urgent request for assistance or emergency services being offered on behalf of the city. You may also dial 311.

MPD’s Storm Preparation email list

Locate flashlights, Charge all phones & computers in preparation for the storm and possible power outages. For more storm
preparation information, see the PEPCO Handbook below.

1) Announcements from the Mayor’s Office: http://www.dc.gov

http://twitter.com/mayorvincegray (Mayor Vincent Gray)

2) PEPCO Storm Preparation Handbook: http://www.pepco.com/_res/documents/PepcoStormPreparationHandbook.pdf

3) DC Gov’t Text Alerts: https://textalert.ema.dc.gov/index.php?CCheck=1

The Alert DC system provides rapid text notification and update information during a major crisis or emergency. This system delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and updates on a range of devices, including your smartphones.

4) Red Cross “Safe and Well” Registration: http://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mindThis website is designed to help make that communication easier.

Register Yourself as “Safe and Well:” Click on the “List Myself as Safe and Well” button to register yourself on the site.

Search for Loved Ones: Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as “safe and well” by clicking on the “Search Registrants” button. The results of a successful search will display a loved one’s first name, last name and a brief message.

5) DC & Federal Twitter Accounts:

http://twitter.com/#!/DCPoliceDept (MPD/DC Police)



http://twitter.com/dcfireems (DC Fire & EMS)

http://twitter.com/DDOTDC (DC Dept of Transportation)

http://twitter.com/DCDPW (DC Dept of Public Works)

http://twitter.com/DC_HSEMA (DC Homeland Security & Emergency Mgmt Agency)

http://twitter.com/dcra (DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs)

https://twitter.com/DHSgov (Federal Department of Homeland Security)

http://twitter.com/FBIPressOffice (FBI Press Office)

http://twitter.com/TheJusticeDept (US Dept of Justice)

http://twitter.com/dcpolicefound (Washington DC Police Foundation)

http://twitter.com/EleanorNorton (Member of U.S. Congress for DC- Congresswoman

https://twitter.com/councilofdc (DC Council)

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