County Offers Helpful Tips and Resources that Aid Residents During Forecasted Winter Events Scheduled to Impact the Region Tonight
Upper Marlboro, MD – Snow, ice and freezing temperatures are becoming a significant part of winter weather here in Prince George’s County. As the region remains under a winter storm warning through Thursday evening, the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management wants citizens and residents to be prepared for extreme weather conditions. One primary concern is the ability for winter weather to cause heat and power outages, loss of communications and weather related injuries.
“This storm could leave a significant impact on our jurisdiction”, said Ronald E. Gill. Jr., Emergency Manager, Prince George’s County “It is important for our residents to put safety first and be mindful of the actions they can take to stay safe. Preparation is easy, inexpensive and can help save your life.”
- Get your “Emergency Preparedness Kits” ready with three-days of essential items: food, water, flashlights, batteries, NOAA Weather Radio, etc.)
- Have an adequate supply of warm clothing and blankets.
- Winterize your home (insulation, caulking, plastic).
- Check heating fuel sources.
- Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting in anticipation of a power outage. (Open the doors only when necessary and close quickly)
- Keep fire extinguishers in your home at all times and make sure everyone knows how to use them.
- Have a “Vehicle Preparedness Kit”.
- Make sure vehicle gas tank is full.
- Check all vehicle fluids (antifreeze, oil, windshield solvent).
- Winterize your vehicle (Check tires, battery, lights, exhaust system, brakes, etc.).
- If possible, stay indoors and off the roadways. If you must travel, stay on main roads and avoid shortcuts. Keep sand in your car to improve traction.
CREATE A WINTER WEATHER PLAN
- Plan to stay inside and keep safe and warm.
- During power outages, exercise caution when using alternative light and heating sources.
- Plan for your pets to come indoors.
- Know how to keep your food safe.
- Create an emergency communications plan. (Ensure that family members will know how to contact you if separated during winter weather).
- Residents who depend on electricity to operate medical equipment should make alternate arrangements for extended power-outages.
- Plan to check on your neighbors, especially those that are elderly or have functional needs.
STAY INFORMED ABOUT WINTER WEATHER AND POTENTIAL THREATS
Important Utility Numbers include:
- Pepco: 1-877-737-2662
- Baltimore Gas and Electric (BG&E): 1-877-778-2222 or 1-800-685-0123
- SMECO: 1-877-747-6326 or 1-888-440-3311
- Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520
- Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC): 1-800-828-4002