Emergency Resources


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Sign Up For Alerts

There are many services in our region that will give alerts from not only local governments, but also regional transportation alerts as well. The way that alerts are delivered vary by the service: some are text alerts, while others are through Twitter and even Facebook. These alerts can be a valuable source of information in the event of a local emergency such as a power outage while you still have access to a charged phone.

  • Capital Alert delivers emergency text alerts to your phone from city or county governments in the national capital area.  Just sign up for capital alerts in your jurisdiction.

Utility Companies

Phone Companies


The American Red Cross can help find a shelter near you, or by texting SHELTER + your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA).

Weather Related Emergencies

General Emergency Preparedness