(Washington, DC) Mayor Vincent C. Gray is urging residents to take the necessary precautions to meet the challenges that may be presented by Hurricane Irene. The hurricane is a Category 3 and the National Hurricane Center has placed the Washington, DC metropolitan area on hurricane watch. Hurricane Irene can bring heavy rain, flash floods and high winds to the area. The city is getting ready for the impending storm and placing agencies on alert.
"While we cannot predict with certainty the path of the hurricane, residents must be ready," said Mayor Gray. "That means residents need to have a plan that they can activate. If they do not have a plan, they can go to hsema.dc.gov to learn what is needed. These storms can cause power outages that may last through several days. Residents should have an adequate supply of medications, infant formula, water, fresh batteries and other essentials."
Gray's emergency management team met today and is ready to deploy resources as needed. This week the team participated in an exercise to hone their skills in response to a hurricane.
The Department of Public Works will assist residents with preparing their homes to withstand flooding by distributing five sandbags per household beginning at noon, Friday, August 26, at its New Jersey Avenue and K Street, SE site. The entrance is at New Jersey Avenue and I Street, SE and staff will be on hand to direct residents to the distribution point. Distribution will continue through midnight Friday, then resume at 8 am, Saturday, August 27, through midnight Saturday. Residents will be asked to show a DC identification.
The government is constantly monitoring the weather and will update the public as more information about the storm's track is known.