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Hurricane Safety Tips from Montgomery County's Emergency Operation Center

As Hurricane Irene approaches, Montgomery County's Emergency Operation Center and all surrounding emergency center's are urging residents to be prepared for the potential of heavy rains, high winds and coastal flooding.

"We think it's important that the citizens be prepared. Make sure you have a go-kit: a flashlight, batteries, important documents,prescription medicines, a full tank of gas, and cash (low bills). It's also very important to stay informed and have a plan with your family," explained Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security's Director Chris Voss.

O'Malley Issues State Of Emergency In Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WUSA) -- Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has issued a state of emergency in Maryland on Thursday due to Hurricane Irene.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell also declared a state of emergency on Thursday.

Read O'Malley's declaration here in PDF format.

Ocean City's mayor earlier announced a mandatory evacuation for the town.

Pepco Prepares for Hurricane Irene

Pepco is closely monitoring the approach of Hurricane Irene, which could strike the Pepco service territory early Saturday.  Weather services are predicting that the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area will experience heavy rain and high winds over a sustained period this weekend, which could cause widespread and extended power outages. The subsequent restoration could be a multi-day event.  Pepco has initiated its Incident Response Plan and is strongly urging customers to prepare for the possibility of outages.

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Irene?

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Irene?



The National Weather Service predicts Hurricane Irene will start impacting the east coast as early as Friday, August 26th bringing torrential rains and damaging high winds.  In preparation for this extreme weather, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (www.pwcgov.org/fire) would like to remind citizens that planning ahead is the key in increasing one’s chances of survival during an emergency.  By following a few simple and low-cost steps you can prepare and protect your family, business, neighborhood and community when emergencies and disasters arise.

Before the storm hits:

Check emergency equipment and supplies.

Have non-perishable food and drinking water on hand for family and pets.

Clear loose or clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

DC Area Battles Extreme Heat

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- On a hot and muggy night in Northeast Washington, the title of the movie at the NOMA film festival could not possibly have been any more appropriate: "Some Like It Hot."  In fact, in Washington Wednesday, some people did like it hot -- but not many.

Most people were doing what they could to stay cool during the extreme heat, but it wasn't easy. The DC fire department reported a 30 percent increase Wednesday in ambulance calls, most of the increase the result of heat-related illnesses. At one point Wednesday night, there were 50 ambulance calls in just one hour.

In Wheaton, meanwhile, water workers were using quite a lot of water themselves to beat the heat while repairing a water main break on Georgia Avenue.  WSSC is hoping to have the pipe repaired by Thursday, when temperatures are expected to go even higher. 






Montgomery Co. Councilmember Battles Breast Cancer

GARRETT PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- Last month, Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen announced on her blog that she had early stage breast cancer. She felt nothing when she did her breast self exam; neither did her doctor during an annual clinical exam.

It took a mammogram screening to find the suspicious mass. Early detection is the key to beating breast cancer and that is Councilmember Floreen's message now.

Nancy Floreen's entire public life has been in service to the people of Montgomery County, Maryland. She was Mayor of the Town of Garrett Park; since 2002, an at-large member of the County Council; and she served a one-year term as Council President in 2010.

Tornado Watch in Effect

From the Office of the Chief of Police:

The National Weather Service has issued a TORNADO WATCH for Montgomery County effective immediately until 8 pm tonight. Atmospheric conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms and tornadic development. 
Be prepared. Tornadoes can form from severe thunderstorms with little or no advanced warning. Know your safe room in your home, at school, and at work.  If driving and a tornado is spotted, leave your car immediately and move to shelter or a low lying area. Do not use highway overpasses as shelters. Remain alert for the issuance of warnings.