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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

County Monitored by Operations Centers During Snowstorm

MEDIA CONTACT: Mark E. Brady, Chief Spokesperson, 240-508-7930
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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III activated the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Monday at 8:00 p.m.  The Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department followed with opening the Department Operations Center (DOC).

“Prince George’s County is prepared for our first major winter weather event of the season.  I want to thank all essential County personnel in advance for their hard work and service during this significant weather event,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “I am asking citizens to stay off the roads as much as possible and to be safe.  During times like these, it is important that we look out for neighbors, family, and friends – especially the elderly.”

Each agency had opened some level of an operation center for the Presidents Day snow storm which left the County anywhere from four to six inches of snow.  County Government closed for Tuesday, February 17 with essential personnel still reporting to work.  Initial call volume for the morning after the snow was slower than a normal day.  Dispatchers handled nearly 800 calls for service on Sunday where a normal volume of calls is about 350.

Deputy Fire Chief Ben Barksdale oversees the Fire/EMS Department Operations Center at the Cranford-Graves Fire Services Building in Landover Hills
Staff from the Office of Emergency Management monitoring County-Wide activity

Phyllis Jenkins working in the County-wide Emergency Operations Center

Ron Gill, Director of the County Office of Emergency Management, sits at the helm of the County EOC

Assistant Fire Chief Erroll George staffs the Fire/EMS table in County EOC
Fire/EMS Department Operations Center