Residual Effects from Previous Storms Displaces 200 Riverdale Residents

Temporary shelter at Bladensburg High School

Riverdale, MD –The Prince George’s County Department of Environment Resources (DER) has condemned a 65-unit apartment complex located at 5315 Riverdale Park, Riverdale Maryland due to the residual effects caused by the recent storms. Last evening, Prince George’s County Fire/Emergency Medical Services responders began deployment after receiving a 911 call regarding a water leak.

Residents residing in the affected area have been vacated. This facility will remain condemned until an official assessment is determined. Officials from the American Red Cross and the Department of Social Services are on the scene and are assisting with displaced families. Since last night, a temporary shelter was established at Bladensburg High School, 4200 57th Avenue. Any impacted resident needing assistance, information or shelter, should call the Prince George’s County Emergency Operation Center at 301-583-1950.

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Prince George’s County Extends Date for Disposal of Storm-Related Debris at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill

LARGO, MD – Prince George’s County announced today that residents may dispose of storm-related debris at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill, free of charge, through Saturday, July 7, 2012.  Brush, tree limbs and other storm-related debris such as roofing materials, siding and damaged household items may be disposed of at the Landfill, located at 11611 White House Road in Upper Marlboro, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Verification of County residency will be required upon entering the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill.  Commercial vehicles will be charged according to the normal disposal rates.

For more information on the disposal of storm-related debris, call the Department of Environmental Resources’ Waste Management Division at (301) 952-7622.

Prince George’s County Appreciates Donations to Support Storm Recovery Efforts

Duracell offers County “Power Relief Trailer,” Giant Food donates generator to PGPD Police Station, DSS continues requests for donations for microburst victims
Hyattsville, MD – The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management announced today that the Duracell company has offered their Power Relief Trailer to the relief efforts of Prince George’s County government.  Additionally, Giant Food has donated a generator to the 4th District Prince George’s County Police Station.

“For the second week in a row, Prince George’s County has suffered through severe weather that has displaced residents and left thousands in the dark,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “We are very appreciative of the support we have received from the business community, individuals, who have volunteered time, talents, and resources to the recovery efforts of Prince George’s County government.”

The Duracell Power Relief Trailer allows community members the ability to recharging their mobile devices and get information on assistance in the area. Satellite phones, a computer kiosk station and Wi-Fi will also be available to help affected residents Wednesday, July 4th – Friday July 6th.  Additionally, Duracell will be distributing batteries to help keep residents powered up.  The Power Relief Trailer will be in Laurel tomorrow from 8:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. in the Lowe’s parking lot at 14300 Baltimore Avenue, Laurel, MD.  We will provide further updates the locations of the Trailer for Thursday, July 5 and Friday, July 6.

Giant Food is also helping out during the storm.  They donated a generator when they found out that the 4th District Police Station in Oxon Hill was out of power.  Giant Foods transported, installed and provided fuel after coordination with the Prince George’s County Department of Central Services.

Additionally, The Prince George’s County Department of Social Services has extended collection of various donated items at 425 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD  20785, for residents impacted by the June 27th microburst that destroyed property and displaced many residents in the area of Bladensburg and Cheverly.

Financial contributions can continue to be made through a special fund established for those impacted. The fund will assist with food replacement, housing necessities, emergency assistance clothing and other emergency housing needs. The Finance Office of the Prince George’s County Department of Social Services will accept the donations sent or brought to: 805 Brightseat Road, Landover, MD 20785. Please make checks or money orders payable to: Prince George’s County Department of Social Services and note in the memo section “Bladensburg Microburst Lay Fund”.

Residents and media are encouraged to follow @CountyExecBaker on Twitter or “County Executive Rushern Baker” on Facebook for information and updates.  The phone number to the Emergency Operation Center is 301-583-1950.

Prince George Reabre Centros de Refugio del Calor en el Condado el Martes, 3 de Julio de 2012

Nuevas ubicaciones 

Hyattsville, MD – La Oficina del Manejo de Emergencias del Condado de Prince George reanudará las operaciones de sus centros de refugio del calor el Martes, 3 de Julio. 

A continuación se encuentra una lista de los centros de refugio del calor que estáran disponibles para los residentes el Martes, 3 de Julio. Por favor vea las horas de operación ya que mucho de estos centros son centros comunitarios de Parques y Recreación que también están siendo utilizados como campamentos de verano y para otras actividades diarias.

 


Abiertos de 1pm – 9pm:

Berwyn Heights Community Center

6200 Pontiac Street, Berwyn Heights, MD

 


Baden Community Center

13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD

 


Potomac Landing Community Center

12500 Fort Washington Road

Fort Washington, MD 20744

 


Glenarden Community Center

8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden, MD

 


Palmer Park Community Center,

7720 Barlowe Road, Landover, MD

 


Lake Arbor Community Center

10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville, MD

 


Glassmanor Community Center

1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD

 


Cedar Heights Community Center

1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant, MD

 


1pm – 6pm:

Camp Springs Senior Activity Center (for seniors only)

6420 Allentown Road Camp Springs, MD

 


9am – 5pm:

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church

14900 Annapolis Road, Bowie, MD

 


11am – 9pm:

Laurel Armory

422 Montgomery St., Laurel, MD

 


6am – 9pm:

Dipietro Community Center

7901 Cypress St., Laurel, MD

 


La hora se determinará:

Bowie Senior Center

14900 Health Center Drive, Bowie, MD

 


Los siguientes centros de refugio del calor continuarán operando las 24 horas:

Northwestern High School

7000 Adelphi Road Hyattsville, MD

 


Kentland Community Center

2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover, MD

 


Todas aquellas personas que necesiten alojamiento en el refugio deben ir a la escuela secundaria Northwestern, localizada en 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD. Asimismo, los residentes que necesiten recargar sus dispositivos de oxígeno médico deben ir a uno de los centros de refugio del calor, a las estaciones de bomberos o al refugio localizado en la escuela secundaria Northwestern.

 

El Departamento de Bomberos del Condado de Prince George recuerda a los residentes a utilizar baterías y lámparas en lugar de velas. Después de la tormenta reciente, ocurrieron varios incendios que fueron causados por el uso de velas. También se le recomienda a los residentes no abrir las ventanas, al menos que sea necesario para mantener el aire frío adentro, así como reducir el tiempo que los refrigeradores y congeladores se mantienen abiertos.

 

El Departamento de Servicios Familiares del Condado de Prince George ha estado comunicándose regularmente con todos los residentes de la tercera edad, centros de vida asistida y asilos de ancianos localizados en el Condado. Recuérdese de monitorear frecuentemente a las personas de edad avanzada, a vecinos, familiares y aquellas personas que tengan necesidades especiales.

Prince George’s County Senior Nutrition Sites Open Today

Listing of Operating Nutrition Sites Serving Meals to Persons 60 Years of Age and Older

Camp Springs, Md – Prince George’s County Senior Nutrition Sites are open for business today in the wake of excessive heat and prolonged power outages. Nutrition Sites located throughout the County serve meals to all persons 60 years and older, including a spouse under age 60.  Meals are served at 12 Noon, daily.

Operating Senior Nutrition Sites:
Bowie Senior Activity Center
14900 Health Center Drive
Bowie, MD 20716

Camp Springs Senior Activity Center
6420 Allentown Road
Camp Springs, MD 20748

Council House Senior Nutrition Site
3940 Bexley Place Marlow Heights, MD 20746

Cresent Cities Jaycees
6807 Oxon Hill Road
Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Glenarden Nutrition Site
8600 Glenarden Parkway Glenarden, MD 20706

Greenbelt Senior Activity Center
15 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Greenridge Nutrition House
22 Ridge Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Gwendolyn Britt
Senior Activity Center
4009 Wallace Row
North Brentwood, MD 20722
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington (JCC)
Temple Solel
2901 Mitchellville Road
Bowie, MD 20716

John E. Howard Senior Activity Center
4400 Shell St.
Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center
7120 Contee Rd., Laurel, MD 20707
Laurel, MD 20707

Owens Road Nutrition Site
1100 Owens Road
Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745

Parkview Nutrition Site
9000 Briarcroft Lane
Laurel, MD 20708

Nutrition Sites Still Without Power:
Langley Park Senior Activity Center
1500 Merrimac Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20785

New Carrollton Nutrition
6016 Princess Garden Parkway
Lanham, MD 20706

In addition, the Senior Nutrition Program delivers a hot noontime meal to homebound elderly that meet Program eligibility. For more information or to reserve a meal, please contact the Nutrition Program Office at (301) 265-8450.

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Prince George’s County Residents Can Dispose of Storm-Related Debris

LARGO, MD – Prince George’s County residents may dispose of storm-related debris free of chargethrough Friday, July 6, 2012 at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill and the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility.  Both the Landfill and the Composting Facility will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in observance of Independence Day.

Residents may dispose of brush, tree limbs and other storm-related debris such as roofing materials, siding and damaged household items at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill, located at 11611 White House Road in Upper Marlboro, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility, located at 6601 E. Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro (from Crain Highway, proceed on Maude Savoy Brown Road and follow signs to the facility), will be open for residents to dispose of brush and tree limbs only from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Verification of County residency will be required upon entering the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill and the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility.  Commercial vehicles will be charged according to the normal disposal rates.

For more information on the disposal of storm-related debris, call the Department of Environmental Resources’ Waste Management Division at (301) 952-7622.

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Prince George’s County Urges Motorists to Use Extreme Caution at Non-Functioning Intersections During Morning Rush Hour

LANDOVER, MARYLAND – Prince George’s County this evening announced that it has made significant progress in bringing traffic signals into operational mode at County-maintained intersections throughout the area.  Currently, only 12 traffic signals remain dark or on flash mode out of the original 40 left non-operational after Friday evening’s storm event.

 

Intersections with non-functioning traffic signals should be treated as a four-way stop.   All motorists must come to a complete stop and yield to those vehicles already stopped in the intersection.  Motorists are asked to use extreme caution, be aware of pedestrians and expect possible delays during rush hour.  Intersections with non-operational traffic signals on County-maintained roadways are:

 

  • Allentown Road at Steed Road
  • Woodyard Road at Mike Shapiro Drive
  • Woodward Road at Dower House Road
  • Woodyard Road at Marlboro Pike
  • Coventry Way at Branch Avenue/MD Route 5 Access Ramps
  • Mitchellville Road at Excalibur Drive
  • Mitchellville Road at Northview Drive
  • Mitchellville Road at Mount Oak Road
  • Garrett Morgan Boulevard at Garrett Morgan Metrorail Station
  • Garrett Morgan Boulevard at Ridgefield Road
  • Adelphi Road at Toledo Road
  • Marlboro Pike at Donnel Drive

In addition to County-maintained intersections, the State Highway Administration (SHA) reports that 54 traffic signals on State-maintained roadways in Prince George’s County remain non-operational.  On SHA major thoroughfares, motorists will be able to only travel in the direction of the main thoroughfare.  Where possible, Variable Messages Signs will be used to notify motorists of limited

left turn access.  No left turns will be permitted at major or heavily travelled State-maintained intersections.  Left turn lanes will be blocked with appropriate traffic control devices (i.e., reflectors, flashing lights and/or tape barriers).  Right turns onto major State-maintained thoroughfares will be marked with static yield or stop signs, dependent upon traffic volumes.

Major SHA-maintained intersections with non-operating traffic signals include:

  • MD Route 5 (Branch Avenue) at Naylor Road
  • MD Route 210 (Indian Head Highway) at the 5500 Block of Livingston Road
  • MD Route 210 (Indian Head Highway) at Fort Washington Road
  • MD Route 458 (Silver Hill Road) at Saint Barnabas Road
  • MD Route 201 (Kenilworth Avenue) at River Road
  • MD Route 1(Baltimore-Washington Boulevard) at Madison Avenue
  • MD Route 197 (Laurel-Bowie Road) at Montpelier Road
  • MD Route 197(Laurel-Bowie Road) at Contee Road
  • MD Route 197 (Collington Road) at MD Route 301 (North Crain Highway)
  • MD Route 450 (Annapolis Road) at Carters Lane
  • MD Route 450 (Annapolis Road) at MD Route 301 (North Crain Highway)
  • MD Route 450 (Annapolis Road) at Forbes Boulevard
  • MD Route 212 (Powder Mill Road) at Old Gunpowder Road

 

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Prince George’s County Government Announces Liberal Leave for Non-Essential County Employees for Monday, July 2, 2012

Hyattsville, MD – Prince George’s County Government announces Liberal Leave Policy will be in effect for non-essential Prince George’s County Employees for Monday, July 2, 2012 due to storm aftermath and vast power outages.

 

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Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management Reminds Residents to Check on Senior Neighbors, Friends, and Family Members

Hyattsville, MD – Prince George’s County’s excessive heat advisory continues today, Sunday, July 1, 2012. The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management and Department of Health recommend that all residents remain vigilant about checking in on family, friends, and neighbors, who are the senior members of our community or otherwise more vulnerable in the face of this heat.

 

The Prince George’s County Department of Family Services has been routinely checking in on senior centers, nursing homes, and other assisted living facilities since Friday evening. The Office of Emergency Management has notified the power companies of locations with a concentration of senior and assisted living facilities in order to prioritize the return of their power.

 

Now that we are ending our second day without power, it is critically important that we look out after our senior and elderly residents. If you know anyone in your neighborhood who is vulnerable to the heat,  please visit or call them and make sure they are feeling well.  The County has three 24-hour cooling centers, with other cooling centers open during the day. If any elderly or other vulnerable resident needs to get to a cooling center and needs transportation assistance, they can call the Emergency Operation Center at 301-583-1950.  For a list of current cooling centers, please go to: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov

 

Further, Prince George’s County’s Office of Emergency Management and Department of Health have released the following guidance for Home Oxygen during extended power outages:

 

  • Oxygen concentrators require power to function.  If you are experiencing a long term power failure, contact your oxygen therapy provider using the emergency number found on your equipment.
  • Compressed oxygen in cylinders does not require power, which makes them an excellent alternative during emergencies.

Boaters and Swimmers Safe Practices for Independence Day

DNR Reminds Boaters and Swimmers of Safe Practices for Independence Day

 

Annapolis, Md. (June 29, 2012) – With the Fourth of July nearing, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Natural Resources Police (NRP) are urging citizens and visitors to be extra vigilant in and on the water for the holiday and throughout the summer.

“We want everyone to be able to enjoy the wonderful recreational opportunities our State has to offer, on water and land, to the fullest,” said Superintendent Colonel George F. Johnson IV. “But the importance of safety while boating and swimming cannot be overstated and must be a number one priority while enjoying Maryland waterways and State Parks.”

Last year, Maryland experienced an unusually high number of boating deaths. Over the summer, NRP will focus their enforcement efforts on those activities that contribute to boating accidents, such as alcohol, negligent operation, bow riding and navigational violations.

NRP recommends that swimmers stay within designated swimming areas with lifeguards on duty whenever possible. Lifeguards keep all swimmers informed of any changes in water conditions and are trained to respond if an emergency occurs.

NRP also offers the following swimming safety tips:

  • When swimming outside guarded areas, obey all warning signs that alert swimmers to dangers and be aware of any surrounding signs or markers that indicate current water conditions.
  • Never swim alone or while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Pay special attention to small children and use safety devices such as life jackets on children or other individuals who cannot swim.
  • Carry a cell phone or have other ways of contacting emergency personnel if a situation arises.

If an emergency occurs, immediately call 911 and remember to Reach, Throw, Row and Go:

REACH the person in trouble by extending a releasable item, such as a pole, line or rope to pull them to safety ─ but not by hand, as the rescuer could quickly become another victim.

THROW an object that floats to the victim if they are unreachable. Life rings, PFDs, coolers or plastic jugs are suitable floating objects that can keep a troubled swimmer afloat until rescuers arrive.

ROW to the victim using a canoe or any other safe watercraft. The rescuer must wear a life jacket. Once the victim is nearby, a rope or paddle should be extended and used to tow the victim to shore if possible.

GO to the victim by entering the water as a last resort and ONLY if properly trained. The rescuer should bring an object to keep the victim afloat and to prevent being pulled under.

More information on boating safety is available at dnr.maryland.gov/boating/safety.