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Friday, February 18, 2011

High Wind Warning Issued by NWS

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930, mebrady@co.pg.md.us

Stay Prepared-Stay Informed-Stay Safe.  

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a High-Wind Warning for Prince George's County starting at 5:00 am on Saturday.  Citizens should secure loose items on your property that could become projectiles during periods of high winds.  It is not uncommon for power outages to occur during these weather events; citizens should have their emergency kits at the ready.  Among other items, your kit should include a flashlight/lantern with fresh batteries and a battery operated radio to stay informed of emergency information.  Ensure your cell phones have a full charge.

Remember - Safety First Ensures Everyone Goes Home!!!


Event:High Wind Warning
Alert:
...HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 9 PM EST SATURDAY... 
 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BALTIMORE MD/WASHINGTON HAS 
ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM TO 9 PM 
EST SATURDAY. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. 
 
* TIMING...5 AM TO 9 PM...WITH THE STRONGEST WINDS BETWEEN 10 AM 
AND 5 PM. 
 
* WINDS...NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 60 MPH. 
 
* IMPACTS...BE PREPARED FOR POWER OUTAGES...AND DOWNED TREES AND 
LARGE BRANCHES. ENSURE LOOSE OBJECTS ON YOUR PROPERTY ARE 
SECURED OR BROUGHT INSIDE.
Instructions:A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Departmental Crash in Bladensburg

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930

At around 11:30 am, Friday, February 18, 2011, Fire/EMS units were alerted to a possible fire at the University of Maryland.

Truck 809 from the Bladensburg Fire/EMS Station was responding to the incident with emergency lights on and siren sounding.  While en route, Truck 809 was involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle, a Jeep Liberty, at the traffic light controlled intersection of Kenilworth Avenue and Decatur Street in Bladensburg.

The Jeep was occupied by 4 civilians: 3 children and an adult female driver. All occupants were transported to area hospitals for a check-up of non-life threatening injuries.

Two of the five firefighters on-board Truck 809 were also transported to an area hospital for a check-up. As a matter of standard operating procedure the driver of the ladder truck will undergo post-crash alcohol/drug screening.

Each vehicle sustained considerable damage. North-bound Kenilworth Avenue is closed during the investigation.

The call in which they were responding to at the University of Maryland turned out to be food burning on the stove and was quickly handled by the first arriving unit from College Park.

The Prince George's County Police Department is conducting the crash investigation.

The Bladensburg Ladder Truck sustained significant damage to the front end from the collision. (BRADY-PGFD PIO)