Washington, DC

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From OPM:

“Status: Open – 2 hours Delayed Arrival – With Option for Unscheduled Leave or Unscheduled Telework

Federal offices in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.”

From the Mayor’s Office:

“On Monday, February 11, DC Public Schools (DCPS) will open on a two-hour delay. DC Government will open on time. For updates on delays and closures at DC Public Charter Schools, families can track the DC Public Charter School Board’s inclement weather page at dcpcsb.org/inclement-weather-updates.

With the National Weather Service (NWS) forecasting a light wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet predicted to start Sunday evening and lasting through the Monday morning commute, Mayor Bowser has ordered the deployment of more than 200 trucks to pretreat all District roads on Sunday, February 10. The DC Snow Team will continue its deployment overnight, treating roads until the threat has passed. Plows will be positioned on bridges and overpasses as well as freeways, major routes, and residential streets to monitor conditions and spread salt. Residents and motorists can register to receive important weather alerts from the District on their devices by signing up for AlertDC at alertdc.dc.gov.

To prepare for the inclement weather, residents are encouraged to heed the following tips:

· If driving, do so cautiously and maintain safe speeds and distances from other vehicles.

· Be aware of hazardous road conditions, particularly black ice which can be deceptive in appearance and give the driver a false sense of security on the road.

· Drive and walk carefully on bridges, ramps and other elevated structures which can freeze before the roadway.

· Property owners should apply abrasives such as rock salt, de-icer, or non-clumping kitty litter to the sidewalks around their properties to reduce the possibility of icing and to prevent slips and falls.

· Dress properly for the weather, including a hat, scarf, coat, gloves, socks, and water-resistant shoes or boots.

· For pet owners, after each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and abdomen to remove ice, salt, and chemicals–and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.

If you witness an animal emergency, including animals left outside in extreme weather, please call DC Animal Care and Control at 202-576-6664 to report the location and a description of the animal.

The DC Snow Team is committed to a quick completion of plowing and salting along major roads and residential streets, which in turn means a faster return to normal traffic flow and earlier resumption of trash collection and other city services. To report any concerns, residents should call the Citywide Call Center by dialing 311.

Transportation to Warmth and Safety: Free transportation to shelter is provided to anyone experiencing homelessness in the District during a Hypothermia Alert. To request transportation to shelter for people in Washington, DC who are experiencing homelessness, contact the Shelter Hotline by calling (202) 399-7093 or 311. Please include the time, address or location of the person, and a description of the person’s appearance.”


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