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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Before A Storm Safety Tips

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


Stay informed by monitoring local news broadcasts about approaching weather.  Sign up to Notify Me- Prince George's and receive important news and storm updates on your mobile device.  Follow @PGFDPIO on Twitter,  www.PGFDNEWS.com  and PGFD Facebook for up to the minute Fire/EMS news and safety advice.  Have all mobile devices fully charged before and during the storm.

Have your emergency kit prepared, stocked and ready.  For additional information on what should be in your kit go to: www.ready.gov

Your emergency kit should include a battery operated radio and flashlights.  We do not recommend the use of candles during power outages.

Ensure your Smoke alarm and CO detector are tested and have fresh batteries.

Consider purchasing bags of ice that can be stored in your freezer.

Ensure your cell phones, lap tops and tablets are completely charged.

Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.

Consider having a quantity of cash on hand in the event that ATM's and banks are out of power.

Remove any objects in your yard that could become airborne during periods of high winds.  Secure larger items by tying them down.

Clean and clear your storm drains of any debris that could clog and back up rain water.

Management companies should safely inspect their rooftops to ensure all gutters and roof top drains are clear and clean up any debris that will clog drains when it rains.  Pooling water on roof tops could cause water damage inside and cause a possible collapse.

Stay ready to take quick actions in the event of severe 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. 

Check with your work location on what is the plan and notification for cancellations.

Set up a communications plan with family members and friends.  Remember that "texting" has been more reliable then cell phone calls and emails during times of high usage and outages.

If you have a generator - follow manufacturer's instructions on how to use it safely, position it far enough away from your residence to avoid CO finding it's way inside, refuel after cool-down, use approved outdoor heavy-duty extension cords that are free of any rips and tears.

Stay Informed, Stay Ready, Stay Safe.  Don't panic, stay calm and prepare.

Firestorm Presentations

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

It seems appropriate that presenting Department Citations for one of the busiest days in the history of the Prince George's County Fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department also required the longest to present.  It has taken since September 2011 for the Fire Chief to personally present the Fire Storm Awards to every station.  The final stations were visited today with only support offices and staff presentations remaining.   This plaque and uniform ribbons were presented in recognition of what is being referred to as "the busiest day" in the history of the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.  The award reads;

February 19-20, 2011,  Prince George's County faced the busiest 24-hour period in our history, responding to a record number of calls generated by high sustained winds and extremely dry conditions of "Firestorm 2011."  Over 600 personnel operated at seven simultaneous major incident scenes, as well as multiple smaller scale incidents.

All 45 Fire/EMS Stations were engaged in emergency operations, along with mutual aid companies from throughout the Metropolitan region and neighboring States.  A call-back of off-duty personnel was required for the second time in the Departments history.

All emergency responders and support personnel performed admirably throughout the duration of the incident.  You are hereby commended for your dedication and commitment to duty.

Signed, September 2011 by Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor

Additional information can be found by clicking on the following links:

Capitol Heights

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College Park


District Heights
Silver Hill
Bowie (Free State)
Pointer Ridge
Glenn Dale
Boulevard Heights
Upper Marlboro
Allentown Road
Fort Washington
Oxon Hill - 821
Oxon Hill - 842
St. Josephs
Seat Pleasant
Chapel Oaks
Riverdale Heights
Bowie 819
Landover Hills 
West Lanham Hills Station 828
West Lanham Hills Fire/EMS Station 848

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The following images are courtesy of Local News Service Chopper

The following images are courtesy of Assistant Fire Chief Steve "Country" White