DCPS to Reopen, OSSE Bus Transportation on 7/5/ 12 Some Cooling Centers Open 7/4/12
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UPDATE: OSSE STUDENT TRANSPORTATION SERVICES TO RESUME ON THURSDAY, JULY 5TH Washington, DC – To coincide with the re-opening of summer school and other community-based programs while recovering from the District of Columbia’s declared state of emergency, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) will resume regularly scheduled student bus transportation services for all children enrolled in public and non-public placements, participating summer programs or in other jurisdictions – on Thursday, July 5th. Delays may occur due to disabled street lights and route alterations from intersections under repair, so parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the OSSE Parent Call Center at 202-576-5000 for additional information.
Note: Updates for emergency responses are available on the District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency website (www.hsema.dc.gov), twitter feed (@DC_HSEMA) and DC311 mobile applications.
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6 P.M. UPDATE: DCPS to Reopen, OSSE Bus Transportation to Resume Thursday; Some Cooling Centers Open Tomorrow
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) officials have announced that they plan to open all schools on Thursday, July 5th. However, they have also requested parents and students to check the school system’s website (www.dcps.dc.gov) after 3:00 p.m. on July 4th for updated information.
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) announced that, to coincide with the re-opening of summer school and other community-based activities, regularly scheduled OSSE student bus transportation services for all children enrolled in public and non-public placements, participating summer programs or in other jurisdictions will resume on Thursday, July 5th. Delays may occur due to disabled traffic signals and route alterations from intersections under repair, so parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the OSSE Parent Call Center at 202.576.5000 for additional information.
Ten (10) library locations across the District will remain open and available as cooling centers from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3. However, they will be closed for the Independence Day holiday tomorrow, July 4th.
The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will continue to operate several locations as cooling centers tonight and tomorrow.
DPR is also continuing to distribute boxed lunches and dinners at six (6) food distribution centers from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. tonight. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) opened its Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP) today, and will continue to serve up to two meals a day to District infants and children up to age 18 or with disabilities. Identification is not required.
Details on cooling centers and food-distribution sites are below.
Residents are encouraged to get the latest information on emergency response from www.hsema.dc.gov, www.dc.gov, and their Twitter and DC311 app accounts.
Below is a round-up of the latest storm-response information from across the D.C. government:
POTOMAC ELECTRIC POWER COMPANY (PEPCO) Update
As of 1:45 p.m., Pepco reported 13,638 customers were without service in the District. The outages were distributed as follows:
• 13,575 residential/business establishments • 0 health facilities (nursing facilities, hospitals, and community clinics) • 0 Federal government buildings • 54 traffic signals • 9 public schools
Pepco reports that they have approximately 1,830 field restoration personnel deployed in Maryland and D.C., including:
• 700 power line personnel from out of state; • 400 tree trimming personnel; • 320 overhead line contractors; • 122 internal Pepco line crew members; and
• 160 internal underground and substation personnel.
In addition, about 340 personnel are mobilized to answer customer calls and about 830 personnel are supporting the restoration effort in other roles. Call 1.877.737.2662 and follow the prompts to report a downed wire or an outage.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC LIBRARIES (DCPL)
The following libraries are open until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 and available as cooling centers.
• Anacostia........................................................ 1800 Good Hope Road SE • Cleveland Park................................................ 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW • Dorothy I. Height/Benning............................... 3935 Benning Road NE • Georgetown.................................................... 3269 R Street NW • Lamont-Riggs................................................... 5401 South Dakota Avenue NE • Martin Luther King Jr........................................ 901 G Street NW (opens at noon) • Northwest One................................................ 155 L Street NW • Palisades......................................................... 4901 V Street NW • Southeast........................................................ 403 7th Street SE • William O. Lockridge/Bellevue........................ 155 Atlantic Street SW
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS (DCPS)
DCPS officials have announced that all schools will be closed Tuesday, July 3, 2012, but will reopen on Thursday, July 5.
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION (DPR)
DPR FOOD DISTRIBUTION SITES
DPR has six (6) Food Distribution Sites, which will conclude service this evening. Sites have designated spaces for receiving and distribution of food and are ready to direct all who come to receive meals to those areas. Food will be distributed until 9:00 p.m. tonight at these facilities. They will not reopen on July 4th.
Main Food Distribution Site:
• Langdon Park................................................... 2901 20th Street NE Satellite Distribution Sites:
• Deanwood....................................................... 1350 49th Street NE
• Ft. Stevens...................................................... 1327 Van Buren Street NW • Guy Mason...................................................... 3600 Calvert Street NW • Southeast Tennis & Learning Center................ 701 Mississippi Avenue SE • Takoma........................................................... 300 Van Buren Street NW
OSSE FREE SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has posted a listing of citywide Free Summer Meals Program (FSMP) sites open to serve up to two meals a day to District infants and children up to age 18 or with disabilities.
Identification is not required, and those arriving at the distribution locations during the posted time will be served meals free of charge, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, family responsibilities, political affiliation, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business.
For Free Summer Meals Program locations and hours, visit OSSE’s website here.
COOLING CENTERS AND DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION (DPR) FACILITIES
RECREATION CENTER HOURS for WEDNESDAY, JULY 4th:
The following recreation centers will operate on the Independence Day holiday and are open to the public as cooling centers:
• Ward 2: Kennedy Recreation Center (1401 7th Street NW) || Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 2: Jelleff Recreation Center (3265 S Street NW) || Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
• Ward 3: Palisades Community Center (5200 Sherrier Place NW || Hours: 10:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
• Ward 4: Guy Mason Recreation Center (3600 Calvert Street NW) || Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 4: Emery Recreation Center (5801 Georgia Avenue NW) || Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 5: Langdon Park Recreation Center (2901 20th Street NE) || Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 5: North Michigan Park Recreation Center (1333 Emerson Street NE) || Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 6: Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th Street NE) || Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 7: Deanwood Recreation Center (1350 49th Street NE) || Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 8: Bald Eagle Recreation Center (100 Joliet Street SW) || Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 8: SE Tennis & Learning Center (701 Mississippi Avenue SE) || Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
In addition, three DPR facilities are serving as overnight cooling centers tonight, Tuesday, July 3. They will open at 9:00 p.m. tonight and close at 7:00 a.m. tomorrow. The overnight cooling centers are:
• Kennedy Recreation Center, 1401 7th Street NW • North Michigan Park Recreation Center, 1333 Emerson Street NE • Southeast Tennis & Learning Center, 701 Mississippi Avenue SE
All other Recreation and Community Centers will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th.
POOL HOURS for WEDNESDAY, JULY 4th
All Children's Pools will be open from 12 pm to 6 pm.
The following pools will be open on July 4th:
• Ward 1: Banneker Recreation Center Pool (2500 Georgia Avenue NW) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
• Ward 2: Jelleff Recreation Center Pool (3265 S Street NW) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
• Ward 2: Francis Pool (25th & N Street NW) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 2: Volta Park Pool (1555 34th Street NW) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 4: Upshur Recreation Center Pool (4300 Arkansas Avenue NW) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
• Ward 4: Takoma Indoor Aquatic Facility (300 Van Buren Street NW) || Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
• Ward 5: Harry Thomas Sr. Pool (1743 Lincoln Road SE) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
• Ward 5: Theodore Hagans Jr. Pool (3201 Fort Lincoln Drive NE) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 5: Langdon Park Pool (2860 Mills Avenue NW) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 6: Randall Pool (25 I Street SW) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
• Ward 6: Rosedale Pool (1701 Gales Street NE) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 7: Fort Dupont Pool (830 Ridge Road SE) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
• Ward 7: Kelly Miller Pool (4900 Brooks Street NE) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 7: Benning Park Pool (5100 Southern Avenue SE) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 8: Barry Farm Pool (1230 Sumner Road SE) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
• Ward 8: Anacostia Pool (1800 Anacostia Drive SE) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Ward 8: Fort Stanton Pool (1800 Erie Street SE) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
• Ward 8: Oxon Run Pool (501 Mississippi Avenue SE) || Hours: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The following Spray Parks will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on July 4th:
• 14th & Park Road Spray Park (14th Street & Park Road NW) • 14th & Girard Street Spray Park (14th & Girard Streets NW) • Petworth Spray Park (801 Taylor Street NW) • Chevy Chase Spray Park (5500 41st Street NW) • Lafayette Spray Park (5900 33rd Street NW) • Joseph Cole Spray Park (1299 Neal Street NE)
Outdoor Aquatic Facilities -- Douglass and East Potomac Pools -- will be closed on July 4th
• All synthetic fields are closed on the 4th of July - fireworks are not allowed on ANY DPR fields.
• All natural fields that have existing permits will remain available for the permit holders. Please note that fireworks are not allowed on ANY DPR fields.
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DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES (DHS) FOOD-STAMP-BENEFITS REPLACEMENT
DHS will receive requests for Replacement Food Stamp benefits, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, to those who lost power and whose food was spoiled as a result of the June 29th storms.
DHS will accept requests at all DHS Service Center locations (find locations here) and at feeding-program sites. Residents must be a current Food Stamp recipient and have received a benefit in June 2012. Residents must report the loss within 10 days of Sunday, July 1, 2012. Therefore, DHS will not accept any requests for replacement benefits after close of business July 11, 2012 at 8 pm. All requests must meet the requirements of 7 CFR §276.6.
Applicants must make the request orally or in writing and provide the following information no later than July 11, 2012 for the request to be processed:
• Proof of D.C. address
• DHS case number or Social Security number • An estimate of the value of the destroyed food or copies of receipts of replaced food
• A signed statement attesting to the household’s loss
DHS will verify the power loss with PEPCO and process the requests as soon as possible. The maximum amount of replacement cannot exceed the resident’s food stamp allotment in June.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS (DPW) TO COLLECT SPOILED FOOD UNTIL 7:00 P.M. TODAY
In addition to conducting its regular trash and recycling collections from residences with Monday or Tuesday collections, DPW is continuing to collect spoiled food at six locations around the city from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. The collections are for residents who do not want to leave spoiled food in their Supercans until their regular collection time. Collection locations are:
• LaSalle - Backus Elementary School -- 501 Riggs Road NE • McKinley Tech High School – 151 T Street NE • Key Elementary School -- 5001 Dana Place NW • Wilson High School -- 3950 Chesapeake Street NW • Ferebee-Hope Elementary School -- 3999 8th Street SE • Garfield Elementary School-- 2435 Alabama Avenue SE
Trucks will be positioned at each site to receive spoiled food only. Another option available to residents is bringing their spoiled food to the Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack Road NE, between 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Ft. Totten facility will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, for the holiday and will reopen on Thursday.
DC Department of Health Reminds Residents to Throw out Food Affected
During the Power Outage
Affected Foods Should Not be Used or Consumed in Preparation for Fourth of July Festivities
Washington, DC – As temperatures and barbecues heat up, the DC Department of Health (DOH) reminds residents of the importance of food safety and hydration when preparing for outdoor celebrations this weekend.
The topic of food safety is even more important, as the District of Columbia begins to recover from recent power outages that affected large portions of the city. Foods that have not been properly refrigerated for more than 4 hours are at risk of making residents sick if consumed. Residents who were without power for more than 1-2 days are advised to dispose of all perishable food items located in their refrigerators during the power outage. Residents whose freezers were without power for more than 48 hours are advised to dispose of all frozen foods. When preparing for Fourth of July festivities, DOH strongly encourages residents to use fresh foods and not foods that were stored in refrigerators or freezers that were affected by the recent power outage.
At this time residents affected by the power outage are advised to do the following:
• Throw away all food in the refrigerator • Throw away all medications that are stored in the refrigerator • Do not use contaminated water to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice, or make baby formula • Clean out refrigerators • Keep refrigerator doors closed
DC Department of Public Works Collection sites to dispose of spoiled foods:
Tuesday, July 3; 3pm-7pm
• LaSalle - Backus Elementary -501 Riggs Road, NE
• McKinley Tech – 151 T Street, NE
• Key Elementary - 5001 Dana Place, NW
• Wilson High School - 3950 Chesapeake Street, NW
• Ferebee-Hope Elementary - 3999 8th Street, SE
• Garfield Elementary - 2435 Alabama Avenue, SE
Tuesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 5; 1pm-7pm • Ft. Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John F. McCormack, Road NE • Trucks will be positioned at each site to receive spoiled food only • Ft. Totten collection site will be closed Wednesday, July 4 for the holiday
When cooking both inside and out, it is important for residents to keep in mind that food poisoning can occur by eating food that has not been well cleaned, cooked or stored at appropriate temperatures. In addition, precaution should be taken when preparing and eating foods outside, as illness can result from bacteria and viruses that are passed from person to person, typically from improper hand washing. Symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends the following four simple steps to ensure food safety:
1. Clean – Wash your hands and any food preparation surfaces often with warm, soapy water, particularly after handling raw food and going to the restroom.
2. Separate – Pack raw food in a separate cooler from any ready-to-eat food items. Always rewash plates, cutting boards, and utensils that have touched raw food before using them again for cooked food.
3. Cook – Cook food at temperatures high enough to kill harmful bacteria. Poultry should be cooked until an internal temperature of at least 165ºF is reached. Ground beef hamburgers should be cooked until an internal temperature of at least 160ºF is reached.
4. Chill – Keep perishable items at or below 40ºF by using ice cubes and ice packs. Leftovers should be put in a cooler as quickly as possible. Foods that should be kept cold are considered unsafe when left at 90ºF for more than one hour.
Residents should also take the necessary steps to avoid heat related illnesses. Hot temperatures can cause many medical conditions such as heat exhaustion and stroke; residents are advised to take caution and drink plenty of fluids when outdoors.
DOH Tips for Staying Healthy and Cool in the Heat:
• Drink plenty of water
• Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol, and large amounts of sugar
• Wear clothing that is loose-fitting, light colored and breathable, such as cotton
• Dress infants and children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella
• Limit sun exposure during mid-day hours and in places of potential severe exposure such as beaches
• Wear sunscreen with 30 SPF or higher
• Schedule outdoor activities carefully
• Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car
• Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area
• If you do not have access to a cool-temperature location, visit the District recreation center, library, or senior center closest to you
For more information on safe outdoor food practices, visit the USDA Barbecue Food Safety page: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Fact_Sheets/Barbecue_Food_Safety.
Please reference, book mark and share these links, the information contained is not limited to storm information.
http://www.capitalregionupdates.gov (CRU/Capital region Updates)
Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency
City & National Capital Region (NCR) wide Situational Awareness Section
NCR Incident Specialist
202-727-6161 (24/7 Operations Center)
Eric.Hauser@... (Best by E-Mail)
http://hsema.dc.gov (Please sign up for the alerts)
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