Hurricane Season Tips
With the start of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season less than a month away, DDOT is offering the following tips from FEMA to prepare for hurricanes, which typically occur from June to November:
- Have a plan for your family including children, loved ones with special needs and pets. The website www.Ready.gov has information on how to plan for an emergency.
- Put together an emergency kit with enough food, water and supplies to last 72 hours. You should also develop a family communication plan.
- Learn the evacuation routes and where the designated shelters will be in your area in case you have to evacuate.
- Make sure your gas tank is full of gas in the case you need to leave your home.
- Trim back trees and shrubs to make them more wind-resistant, and clear gutters and downspouts of all debris.
- Reinforce garage doors. If wind blows through the garage, it can cause serious structural damage to other parts of your home.
- Make sure outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and other belongings that are not tied down are brought inside.
- Purchase a generator for emergencies.
- If you live in a tall building, find shelter on the 10th floor or lower before the storm strikes.
Tree Emergency Response
DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) is on-call 24 hours a day to respond to tree emergencies blocking transportation corridors. Call 311 (311.dc.gov) to report any fallen trees or limbs in public space.
Private property trees and limbs that fall are the responsibility of the property owner. The owner should call a private tree contractor to remove their fallen tree or limbs.
If wires are involved, contact Pepco immediately (202-872-3432) and do not touch the tree or wire. Trees can become energized and dangerous. Pepco and its contractors are the only entities in the District of Columbia authorized to conduct tree work within 10 feet of power lines.
During events with multiple tree incidents, DDOT will clear, in order, major arterial streets, minor streets, alleys for emergency vehicle access, and sidewalks.
Other Key Telephone Numbers
|DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
|Mayor’s Citywide Call Center
|DC Water (Emergency Number)
|Washington Gas (Emergency Number)
|PEPCO (Life-threatening Emergencies)