Emergency Text Alert: Prevent Blackout
- The DC Emergency Management Agency just issued an emergency text alert to PEPCO customers, asking that we turn off ALL unnecessary electric equipment to prevent a blackout.For more information, visit:ororBeat the Heat
Legend has it that in earlier times, foreign diplomats posted to the capital of the United States received hardship pay for enduring Washington's hot, humid, muggy summers. In those days, all activity in the Nation's Capital ceased during the month of August, and people escaped to the surrounding countryside. Washington's summer weather hasn't changed since those early days. However, the city's response to summer weather has changed significantly.
The government of the District of Columbia implements a heat emergency plan when the heat index reaches 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat index is an accurate measure of how hot it really feels when the effects of humidity are added to high temperature. The city's heat plan was developed by the DC Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with other city and private agencies.
Key components of the city's heat plan include:
- Activation of street showers in selected locations
- Opening of cooling centers in senior citizens facilities, District government buildings and other locations
- Extension of public swimming pool hours to 9 pm
- Distribution of fans to special needs populations
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