WI Staff | 1/7/2009, 1:15 p.m.
While in the nation€s capital, we want to make sure visitors and residents are prepared for all hazards. To receive emergency text alerts about transportation, weather and other hazards sign up for Alert DC. Alert DC provides real-time alerts to any text-capable device. Those wishing to receive alerts only during the Inauguration period (January 15th-22nd) can do so by checking €Inaugural Alerts€ on the registration page.
You can help protect yourself and your family by being aware of your surroundings wherever you go.
€ Keep an eye out for suspicious or unattended bags or people acting strangely.
€ Immediately report unusual behavior, suspicious or unattended packages and strange devices to (202) 727-9099.
€ Never accept packages or other items from strangers.
€ If you feel uncomfortable, or if something seems wrong, don€t hesitate to leave the area.
€ Know where the nearest emergency exits are.
According to the National Weather Service, the normal high temperature during the Inauguration is in the low to mid 40s and the normal low temperatures is in the mid to upper 20s. Be prepared for cold weather and take the following protective actions.
In general, if you are experiencing extremely cold conditions you should:
€ Be aware of the fire danger from space heaters and candles; keep such devices away from all flammable materials.
€ Stay dry and in wind-protected areas outdoors.
€ Wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. Wear mittens, a hat and cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
€ Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids and eat high-caloric foods.
€ Watch for signs of frostbite€"skin appears white and waxy, numbness or no feeling in that area and/or possible blisters.
€ Watch for signs of hypothermia€"shivering and numbness, confusion or dizziness, stumbling and weakness, slow or slurred speech and shock.
€ Go to a medical facility immediately if you or someone you know is experiencing signs of hypothermia or frostbite.
€ Call the Hypothermia Hotline at 1-(800) 353-7252 if you see a homeless person stranded in the cold. (Vans will transport homeless individuals to a shelter)
€ For more info go to www.72 Hours.org