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DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency Wants Citizens to Be Prepared for Winter Weather

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Motorists and pedestrians are urged to use caution.

(Washington, DC) - The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Washington, DC area for Thursday, December 16, 2010. The first significant snow event for the Metropolitan area, with predicted accumulations of one to three inches will begin between 9 am and 11 am, continuing through the evening rush hour commute.

Although this snow forecast is considered “light” keep in mind that even small snow accumulations can create very hazardous conditions. District snow crews have pre-treated roads, however, below freezing temperatures will likely make sidewalks, roadways, bridges, overpasses, ramps and elevated areas prone to slippery, icy and extremely dangerous conditions. District residents, business owners and building managers should give attention to the stairs and sidewalks in front of homes and business as any precipitation that falls is likely to stick – what falls will freeze.

Millicent W. West, Director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, wants you to know that, “While the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Operations Center will not fully activate, we have increased our internal capacity to ensure that we are able to meet individual and organizational needs during this winter weather event. We stand ready to fully activate if conditions worsen and warrant such actions.”

In carrying out our mission to manage the District's emergency operations to prevent, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made emergencies, HSEMA remains vigilant and in constant contact with key District agencies as well as our federal, private, non-profit and major utility and transportation partners to help meet the public safety needs of the residents, visitors and business owners in the District of Columbia throughout this winter weather season.