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<p>Rudolph Spencer<br />Hyattsville, Md.<br />The area is not ready to handle such catastrophes. The regular power outages after severe storms send people into a panic and frenzy. There needs to be more of an emphasis placed on evacuation routes out of the D.C. metropolitan area as well. During holiday weekends, the roads into and [out of] D.C. are gridlocked with traffic. As of now, the area isn’t prepared to handle a catastrophic event.      <br /></p>

Rudolph Spencer
Hyattsville, Md.
The area is not ready to handle such catastrophes. The regular power outages after severe storms send people into a panic and frenzy. There needs to be more of an emphasis placed on evacuation routes out of the D.C. metropolitan area as well. During holiday weekends, the roads into and [out of] D.C. are gridlocked with traffic. As of now, the area isn’t prepared to handle a catastrophic event.

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