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And remember:

“Free transportation to an emergency shelter or warming site is provided to anyone experiencing homelessness in the District during a Cold Emergency Alert. To request transportation to shelter for people in DC who are experiencing homelessness, contact the toll-free Shelter Hotline: (202) 399-7093 or 311. Include the time, address or location of the person, and a description of the person’s appearance.

Families seeking emergency shelter can also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE on Monday through Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Families can also call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 at any time day or night.”

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From a press release:

“The District Snow Team will go into a full deployment on Thursday, January 5, with more than 220 plows scheduled to be on their posts by 3:00 p.m. Forecasters predict a light snow beginning as early as 4:00 p.m. on Thursday. On Wednesday, the District took the added precaution of pre-treating major streets and highways with its “hot mix.” The mix consists of brine and beet juice and helps retard freezing.

By 10:00 p.m. Thursday, there is a 60% probability of snow, possibly accumulating up to an inch. With temperatures predicted to be below freezing, it is likely that any precipitation will stick. (more…)

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“December, 15th the Department of Human Services (DHS) in collaboration with the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) will activate the city’s Cold Emergency Plan. The Cold Emergency will be activated during the morning hours beginning at 7:00 a.m. at it will stay activated until Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:00 a.m. Under a “Cold Emergency Alert” additional services and supports are provided to protect residents from life-threatening illness and injury associated with severe cold weather.

Key services provided during Cold Emergency Alerts include:

Access to Emergency Shelter—Low-barrier, Hypothermia, and Overflow emergency shelters are open during Hypothermia and Cold Alerts. Access to Overnight Warming Sites—In order to provide access to a warm and safe facility, designated public buildings, such as recreation centers, may open during the day or overnight. In cases where residents choose not to use the traditional low-barrier or hypothermia emergency shelters, these warming sites offer a warm and safe place to spend the night. Individuals may access these sites on their own or by contacting the Shelter Hotline for transportation. Overnight Warming Sites shall be in operation from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Some sites may open later than 7:00 p.m. based on regularly scheduled business operations.

Transportation to Warmth and Safety—Free transportation to an emergency shelter or warming site is provided to anyone experiencing homelessness in the District during a Cold Emergency Alert. To request transportation to shelter for persons in DC who are experiencing homelessness, contact the toll-free Shelter Hotline: (202) 399-7093 or 311. Include the time, the address or location of the sighting, and a description of the person’s appearance. Families seeking emergency shelter can also visit the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center at 920 Rhode Island Avenue, NE, Monday – Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Families can also call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or 311 at any time day or night.

The following are low barrier and alert night emergency shelters and warming site locations: (more…)

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November has caught up with us…

From Alert DC:

“DHS reports that the Hypothermia Alert will be activated at 7:00 pm. According to NWS, the current temperature is 51 degrees. Tonight’s low temperature will be 35 degrees with an overnight wind chill of 30 degrees. West wind around 5 mph.

Hypothermia season has begun. When the actual or forecasted temperature, including wind chill, is 32 degrees or below, the District issues a Hypothermia Alert. To request shelter transport for DC residents who are homeless and on the street now, contact the Shelter Hotline at [email protected], (202) 399-7093, 211, or 1-800-535-7252 (toll-free from a pay phone).

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From an email:

“If you’re in the mood for outdoor ice skating, amble up the road to Silver Spring Ice Skating at Veteran’s Plaza [8523 Fenton St] – it’s open for the season! Public skating is open every day, including all holidays, through March. Even when it’s warm out, the ice is solid.”

Which also reminds me to check in on the Canal Park Rink in Navy Yard:

“The ice rink will be open from November 11, 2016 to February 26, 2017 with the following hours:

Monday & Tuesday – 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday – 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday – 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Saturday – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday – 11:00 am to 7:00 pm”

and the ice rink at the National Gallery of Art:

“The Ice Rink will open for the season mid-November 2016.

Located on the National Mall between 7th and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, the Ice Rink is a favorite Washington destination, attracting thousands of visitors to skate in the nation’s capital.”

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From a press release:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Christopher Shorter, District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Leif Dormsjo, Director of the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) Chris Geldart, Serve DC Director Delano Hunter, and DC General Services (DGS) Acting Director Greer Gillis kicked off the District’s 2016-2017 snow season with a snow dry run practice session and a citywide winter exercise.

“Today, we put our planning, procedures and equipment to the test,” said Mayor Bowser. “This dry run ensures our snow team is staffed, trained, equipped and ready for winter. We’re ready for snow, but hoping for none.”

This year’s Snow and Ice Removal Program features: (more…)

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From the National Weather Service:

“FLASH FLOOD WATCH FROM 6PM EDT WED UNTIL 8AM EDT FRI

… FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT INTO FRIDAY MORNING…

THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

* PORTIONS OF MARYLAND… THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA… VIRGINIA AND WEST VIRGINIA… INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS… IN MARYLAND… ANNE ARUNDEL… CALVERT… CARROLL… CENTRAL AND EASTERN ALLEGANY… CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST HOWARD… CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MONTGOMERY… CHARLES… FREDERICK MD… NORTHERN BALTIMORE… NORTHWEST HARFORD… NORTHWEST HOWARD… NORTHWEST MONTGOMERY… PRINCE GEORGES… SOUTHEAST HARFORD… SOUTHERN BALTIMORE… ST. MARYS AND WASHINGTON. THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. IN VIRGINIA… ALBEMARLE… ARLINGTON/FALLS CHURCH/ALEXANDRIA… AUGUSTA… CENTRAL VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE… CLARKE… CULPEPER… EASTERN LOUDOUN… FAIRFAX… FREDERICK VA… GREENE… KING GEORGE… MADISON… NELSON… NORTHERN FAUQUIER… NORTHERN VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE… ORANGE… PAGE… PRINCE WILLIAM/MANASSAS/MANASSAS PARK… RAPPAHANNOCK… ROCKINGHAM… SHENANDOAH… SOUTHERN FAUQUIER… SPOTSYLVANIA… STAFFORD… WARREN AND WESTERN LOUDOUN. IN WEST VIRGINIA… BERKELEY… EASTERN MINERAL… HAMPSHIRE… HARDY… JEFFERSON AND MORGAN.

* INTO FRIDAY MORNING

* A POWERFUL LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE MIDWEST WILL BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY RAIN TO OUR AREA THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.

* WIDESPREAD RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED. LOCALIZED AMOUNTS UP TO A FOOT OF RAIN ARE POSSIBLE… INCLUDING ALONG THE EASTERN SLOPES OF THE NORTHERN VIRGINIA BLUE RIDGE AND CATOCTIN MOUNTAIN IN MARYLAND.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

THESE NEXT FEW DAYS WILL BE A DANGEROUS TIME… REQUIRING MORE THAN THE USUAL AWARENESS… PLANNING AND PREPARATIONS.

IF YOU ARE NEAR STREAMS OR DRAINAGE DITCHES… KEEP AN EYE ON THEM AND BE READY TO QUICKLY SEEK HIGHER GROUND. WATER MAY RISE RAPIDLY.

CLEAR OUT STORM DRAINS.

THOSE PRONE TO BASEMENT FLOODING SHOULD PREPARE. COMMUNITIES PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD PREPARE.

CONTINUE TO CHECK IN ON THE FORECAST FOR UPDATES. (more…)