Prince George’s County Activates Emergency Operations Center in Wake of Severe Storms and Opens Cooling Centers for Residents
Hyattsville, MD – The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management activated the Emergency Operation Center this morning at midnight following the occurrence of severe weather storms and subsequent power outages. The phone number to the Emergency Operation Center is 301-583-1950.
The County continues to respond to several major incidents that have occurred because of this storm. A couple of these incidents displaced residents. The County has been working with displaced residents and has established a shelter at Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville. A couple of post-storm fires that occurred were the result of residents using candles for light. The Prince George’s County Fire Department reminds citizens to use battery operated lights and flash lights in lieu of candles.
The County is currently identifying cooling centers for residents. As of 10:00 a.m., the County has identified and opened the following locations that have power in the County where residents can find refuge from the heat.
- Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine
- Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs
- Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill
- Kentland Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover
- Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
- Curry Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover
- Show Place Arena, 14900 Pennsylvania Avenue, Upper Marlboro
- Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville
The following Prince George’s County Public Libraries have been identified as being open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with working air conditioning:
- Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Rd., Accokeek
- Bladensburg Library, 4820 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg
- Beltsville Library, 4319 Sellman Rd, Beltsville
- Laurel Library, 507 7th Street Laurel,
- Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
At this time, Pepco is reporting approximately 137,000 customers in the County without power. BGE and SMECO are reporting 52,687 and 2,817 respectively. Residents without power are encouraged to use flashlights as candles may cause fires. Residents are reminded to only call 9-1-1 if there is an emergency and to not call 9-1-1 to report power outages.
All County maintained roadways are passable at this time. If residents have downed trees that are in the Rights of Way, please call the Department of Public Works at 301-324-2710. Additionally, there are a lot of traffic lights out throughout the County. Motorists are reminded to treat an non-working traffic light as if it was a stop sign.
The Washington Suburban Sanitation Commission (WSSC) has currently placed Prince George’s County under a water restriction due to storm damage to two WSSC filtration plants. WSSC says customers need stop all outside water use, no watering lawns, shrubs, flowers; no washing cars, no topping off swimming pools; use water only as necessary – i.e., shorter showers and turn off faucets after washing hands; limit flushing toilets; and postpone using washing machines and dishwashers.
There is a heat advisory in effect today for Prince George’s County as temperatures are predicted to exceed 100 degrees. In order to conserve cool air, residents are encouraged to use discretion in opening windows in order to keep cooler air inside as well as minimizing the time refrigerators and freezers are opened.
The Prince George’s County Department of Family Services has been regularly communicating with all senior citizen, assisted living centers, and nursing homes in the County. Finally, the County encourages all residents to check on elderly neighbors and those who may have special needs.
The next update from the EOC will occur at 2 p.m. or when urgent news arises. Residents and media are encouraged to follow @CountyExecBaker on Twitter or “County Executive Rushern Baker” on Facebook for information and updates.