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Friday, June 1, 2012

Prince George's County Under a Tornado Watch until 9 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado WATCH for the National Capitol Area from now until 9PM.

The Storm Prediction Center of the National Weather Service has issued a moderate risk warning that reads:

"….HAVE ADDED A MODERATE RISK IN THE WASHINGTON DC METRO...BALTIMORE AREAS WHERE THE TORNADO THREAT IS EXPECTED TO BE THE GREATEST AND WHERE AN ISOLATED STRONG TORNADO CAN NOT BE RULED OUT. ANY ROTATING STORMS SHOULD ALSO BE CAPABLE OF PRODUCING WIND DAMAGE. AS THE STRONGER LARGE-SCALE ASCENT MOVES ACROSS THE MID-ATLANTIC EARLY THIS EVENING...A WELL-ORGANIZED LINEAR MCS IS EXPECTED TO BECOME THE DOMINANT CONVECTIVE FEATURE WITH AN ENHANCED WIND DAMAGE THREAT PRESENT ACROSS A LARGE AREA OF THE MID-ATLANTIC."

Additionally, The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement that reads:

"…ALTHOUGH ALL OF THE REGION HAS THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPERIENCING
TORNADOES TODAY...THE MOST LIKELY TIME WILL BE FROM 6 TO 9 PM IN AN
AREA ALONG THE INTERSTATE 95 CORRIDOR FROM FREDERICKSBURG VIRGINIA
NORTH TO BALTIMORE MD THEN EAST TO THE CHESAPEAKE BAY. THIS AREA INCLUDES
THE MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREAS OF WASHINGTON DC AND BALTIMORE
MARYLAND.

WHILE THESE ARE THE BEST APPROXIMATIONS FOR TIMING AT THIS
MOMENT...RESIDENTS...BUSINESSES...AND VISITORS ACROSS THE REGION
SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER ANYTIME THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH
MIDNIGHT TONIGHT...AND HAVE A SAFETY PLAN IN PLACE.

KEEP IN MIND THAT EVEN THOUGH THE WEATHER MAY BE CALM AT TIMES
DURING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM OR TORNADO WATCHES...CONDITIONS CAN
DETERIORATE RAPIDLY AND BECOME LIFE THREATENING.

A TORNADO WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR THE REGION UNTIL 9 PM THIS EVENING.

PLEASE MONITOR THE WEATHER AND TUNE INTO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...ALONG
WITH YOUR FAVORITE RADIO...TELEVISION...OR INTERNET WEATHER
INFORMATION SOURCE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION."
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Safety First Day of the Month - Test your Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector

Safety First Day of the Month - Test your Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detector


Today is June 1, 2012, and being as it is the first day of the month, it is time to perform the most basic function in ensuring you, your family and loved ones are protected by a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (co) detector.

On the first day of every month the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will remind you to test your smoke alarm and co detector to ensure they are working. Tragedy struck the County in April and we, the Fire/EMS Department and you, need to do our part in keeping safety first.

Push the “test” button on the front cover of your wall/ceiling mounted smoke alarm or co detector.

An audible warning tone should be heard loud and clear throughout the area it is located.

• If your smoke alarm or co detector does not emit a sound when tested:

1. Provide a fresh battery to the device and re-test.

2. Still no audible warning?? Replace the device with a new one immediately.

When testing your smoke alarm, it’s a good time to gather your family and allow them to hear the audible warning signal. Let them know what to do in the event they hear the warning, discuss two ways out of every room and designate a safe meeting place outside in the event of a fire or other emergency.

If you have any questions about fire safety, escape planning, carbon monoxide detectors or smoke alarms contact our Safety First program at 301-864-SAFE (7233).

Stay Informed-Stay Ready-Stay Safe with Severe Weather

The National Weather Service is forecasting potential strong storms moving through Prince George’s County this afternoon and evening. These storms could produce damaging winds, torrential rain, thunderstorms and flooding.


Citizens and residents are advised to take appropriate precautions now to stay safe.

Stay informed by monitoring local news broadcasts about approaching weather.

Stay ready to take quick actions in the event of hazardous weather including remaining indoors and going to the lowest possible level or floor and if possible in a room with no windows. Have your emergency kit ready. For additional information on preparing your emergency kit visit www.ready.gov.

Stay Informed, Stay Ready, Stay Safe.

Flood Safety Tips... • Never try to walk, swim, or drive through swift-moving floodwater. If you must walk in a flooded area, walk where the water is not moving. Remember, 2 feet of water will float your vehicle and 6 inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet. • If you come upon flood waters, STOP, TURN AROUND AND GO ANOTHER WAY!! • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. • If your car stalls, leave it and seek higher ground, if you can do so safely. • Stay informed about the storm and possible flooding by listening to your NOAA weather radio, commercial radio, Internet or television.

In the event of a power outage – do not use candles!!! – Use battery powered flashlights and lanterns. Ensure that all power switches on electrical appliances are in the “off” position. This will avoid a fire hazard when power is restored.

Treat all downed utility lines as if they are energized. Deny access to the area of the downed wire and notify 911. Never touch or handle a downed utility line.

For updated Weather alerts go to:
http://www.weather.gov/alerts-beta/wwaatmget.php?x=MDC033