Emergency Management


Prince George's County, Maryland

Prince George's County Prepares for Winter Snow Storm Accumulation


For Immediate Release: 12/9/2013 4:00 PM

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

 

​Residents are encouraged to take precautionary measures in anticipation of snow accumulation

Upper Marlboro, MD – Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management encourages citizens and residents to prepare as the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch that is in effect late tonight through Tuesday, December 10, 2013. With a possible accumulation of 2 to 4 inches of snow, temperatures are expected to range from the low-20’s to mid-30’s with winds 5 to 10 miles per hour.

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. Residents should also monitor the weather through local media sources.

As we are encouraging everyone to prepare for possible snow accumulation, remember to check on the elderly and those individuals with functional needs to make sure they are safe and warm. 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 follow some basic tips that will help you prepare, before, during and after the storm:
BEFORE A STORM/ WINTER WEATHER PREPARATION

  • Get your “Emergency Preparedness Kits” available with essential items: food, water, flashlights, batteries, etc.). 
  • Have rock salt to melt ice on walkways, sidewalks and driveways.
  • Winterize your home (insulation, caulking, plastic).
  • Check heating fuel sources. 
  • Have an adequate supply of warm clothing and blankets.
  • 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. 
  • In case of high winds, secure or bring inside exterior items that might become windborne.

PROPER CLOTHING FOR 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.
  • Wear scarfs to cover your face and protect your mouth/lungs from extreme cold.
  • Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.
  • Try to stay dry and out of the wind. (Wet clothes chill the body rapidly)
  • Water-resistant coat and shoes.
  • Do not ignore shivering. It's an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.

BEFORE A STORM/ VEHICLE PREPARATION

  • 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.

DURING A STORM

  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling.
  • Watch for signs of Frostbite (Skin appears to be waxy, numbness or blisters).
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia (slurred speech, weakness, dizziness and shivering).
  • Avoid using candles for lighting due to fire hazards. Use flashlights.
  • Never use a candle when fueling equipment such as a kerosene heater or lantern because the candle flame can ignite fumes from the fuel. 
  •  During a power outage, turn off major appliances. This will minimize losing power again through a power surge and protect the equipment when the power returns. 
  • Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves or generators indoors due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

AFTER A STORM

  • Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires of any kind under any circumstances. Stay away from puddles with wires in or near them. Do not touch trees or other objects in contact with power lines to avoid electrocution. 
  • Call police or utility companies immediately to report hazards such as downed power lines, broken gas or water mains.

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
 

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