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DC Mayor Activates Emergency Operations Center In Response To Ida

Patch logo Patch 8/31/2021 Mark Hand
a body of water: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she will be activating the city’s Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday to ensure city services are coordinated with the federal government and nearby jurisdictions in response to Tropical Depression Ida. © Shutterstock D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she will be activating the city’s Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday to ensure city services are coordinated with the federal government and nearby jurisdictions in response to Tropical Depression Ida.

WASHINGTON, DC — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she will be activating the city’s Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday to ensure city services are coordinated with the federal government and nearby jurisdictions in response to Tropical Depression Ida.

The District’s Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center will begin operating at noon Wednesday.

The National Weather Service estimates D.C. could see anywhere from 3 to 5 inches of rain, downed trees and flash flooding.

“I’ve charged our response agencies with working together to anticipate needs and ensure as minimal impact to the District as possible,” Bowser said in a statement Tuesday. “We are asking residents to take Ida seriously and to pay close attention to the weather conditions and latest alerts.”


Video: 'As long as it takes': FEMA, other agencies respond to Ida (Associated Press)

Also on Tuesday, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency due to Ida. With a state of emergency in effect, Virginia will be able to deploy resources, including personnel and equipment, to help in the response to the storm and assist in the recovery efforts.

In preparation for Ida, Bowser encouraged residents and business to sign up for AlertDC at alertdc.dc.gov. She also urged residents to keep their electronic devices charged, clean out gutters and drains, call 311 if they spot downed trees, and install protections or move items out of any areas that typically flood.

The mayor also asked residents to check on neighbors who may require assistance, including older adults, people with disabilities and others who may need help.

Residents should avoid walking in flood water because it may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. They also should not attempt to turn off the power or operate circuit breakers while standing in water due to the risk of electrocution.

Residents should report downed power lines or power outages to Pepco.

RELATED: Ida's Impact On Northern Virginia, DC: Forecast, How To Prepare

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