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. In the event of a power loss when you still have access to a charged phone, these alerts can be a valuable source of information in the event of any local emergency.
- Capital Alert delivers emergency text alerts to your phone from city or county governments in the national capital area.
- The Alert DC system sends text alerts to registered users in the event of an emergency. The service is available to those who live and work in DC.
IF YOUR POWER GOES OUT, YOU CAN REPORT THE OUTAGE TO YOUR POWER COMPANY BY CALLING THESE NUMBERS:
PEPCO – 1-877-737-2662
The Red Cross can help find a shelter near you, or by texting SHELTER + your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA).
Weather Related Emergencies
- The National Hurricane Center
- FEMA hurricane website with information on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane.
- Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency hurricane information page.
- The American Red Cross has created a downloadable Hurricane App that is available on both iPhone and Android platforms that gives users instant access to local and real time information on what to do before, during and after hurricanes, and more. The Red Cross has also developed a First Aid app. Download Red Cross apps.
Heat Safety Resources
- Cooling centers – On dangerously hot days (95 degrees +), DC opens cooling centers (including one at Iona) throughout the city, including special centers for older DC residents and homeless individuals (see pages 1-3 and 6-11 of the city’s 2015 Emergency Heat Plan). Transportation to Cooling Centers is available from United Planning Organization. To request transportation, phone the city’s Hypothermia Hotline (1-800-535-7252).
- Utility assistance – With help from the federal LIHEAP program, the city offers financial assistance for utilities to low-income DC seniors. (Learn more here)