Being Prepared For And
Responding To Disasters

        The recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria serve as reminders that our community must be prepared to manage a full range of natural and man-made disasters, including hurricanes, terrorist attacks, and power outages.
        Join us at our next meeting for a program about being prepared for and responding to disasters, on Tuesday, October 17, at 7:30 pm, at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
        Community Outreach Specialist Kim McCall from DC Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency will speak about the types of disasters for which District residents should be prepared, evacuation routes when leaving DC, creating a safe room while sheltering in place, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and SERVE DC. Our Neighborhood Watch Program Director Samantha Nolan will provide supplemental information, such as guidance about preparing a “To-Go-Kit,” fire safety and how to turn off the gas and water to the home.
        In addition, Lieutenant Carlos Mejia from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Emergency Response Team will be on hand to discuss how MPD tactically responds to emergencies.
        Finally, at last month’s Second District Police Awards Banquet, MPD Police Chief Peter Newsham praised ten DC police officers who had travelled to Puerto Rico to assist the Puerto Rican State Police in responding to the destructive effects of hurricane Maria. At our meeting, MPD is also scheduled to provide more information about these efforts.


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