Emergency Management

Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George’s County Encourages Residents to Monitor and Prepare for Forecasted Winter Weather Advisory through Tuesday Afternoon

For Immediate Release: 11/25/2013 8:10 PM

Contact: Rhonda D. Jackson Division Manager Public Information & Inter-Governmental Relations Office of Emergency Management 301-780-8180 (Office)

Residents are Encouraged to take Precautionary Measures

Upper Marlboro, MD – Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management encourages citizens and residents to prepare for the possible effects of the winter weather advisory issued through Tuesday afternoon.  With the pending onset of excessive rain, brief periods of snow, sleet and freezing rain, citizens are also reminded to stay safe and be prepared in the event of an emergency.

All residents are encouraged to Stay Informed and utilize Notify Me Prince George’s to receive updates regarding the weather.  Citizens can register by logging onto https://notifyme.princegeorgescountymd.gov or by texting 411912 to receive real-time notifications via registered mobile devices. Prince George’s County will also keep citizens updated through usage of its Office of Emergency Management Facebook, and Twitter account. Residents should also monitor the weather through local media sources.

Citizens and residents should begin preparing now.  Remember to check on the elderly and those individuals with functional needs.  Please make sure they have transportation arrangements for extreme weather conditions.  Residents are also reminded to call 911 only in cases of emergency.  Residents are encouraged to utilize Prince George’s County’s CountyClick 311 system to obtain information about public services. 

The Office of Emergency Management is encouraging citizens to be proactive by taking proper precautions to protect their families.
The following tips will help you prepare for Winter Weather:

Winter Weather Preparation

  • ​Stock 3-5 days worth of essential supplies. This includes water (one gallon per person, per day), required medications and food that is non-perishable. Make sure you have a flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, a first-aid kit, manual can opener and special needs items.

  • Monitor the temperature of your home. Infants and persons over age 65 are especially susceptible to cold. Dress in several layers to maintain body heat. Covering up with blankets can also conserve heat.

  • If your home heating source uses oil or propane, ensure you have a 3-5 day supply. Have an alternate heat source, such as a fireplace, space heater or wood stove in case of power failure. Follow manufacturer recommendations for installation and use. 

  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to make certain they are working properly. Monitor the local weather forecasts and media reports and become familiar with the warning terminology used.

How to Dress During Cold Weather

  • Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing. Trapped air between the layers will insulate you. Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent, and hooded.

  • Wear a hat because 40 percent of your body heat can be lost from your head.

  • Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.

  • Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.

  • Try to stay dry and out of the wind.

Wear Proper Clothing for Cold Weather

  • Hat and scarf or knit mask to cover face and mouth.

  • Sleeves that are snug at the wrist.

  • Mittens (they are warmer than gloves).

  • Water-resistant coat and shoes.

  • Several layers of loose-fitting clothing.

  • Be sure the outer layer of your clothing is tightly woven, preferably wind resistant, to reduce body-heat loss caused by wind. Wool, silk, or polypropylene inner layers of clothing will hold more body heat than cotton.

  • Stay dry - wet clothing chills the body rapidly. Excess perspiration will increase heat loss, so remove extra layers of clothing whenever you feel too warm.

  • Do not ignore shivering. It's an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.

Remember, winter weather can present many safety challenges so help prepare your family by reducing potential hazards.