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Committee on Health Newsletter

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Councilmember Alexander’s Ward 7 Spotlight!

Click here to view the video of Councilmember Alexander highlighting the great things happening in Ward 7!

DC Innovates Business Networking Reception, Workshop for Wards 7 and 8 – January 29 at 11 a.m. at the Gateway DC Pavilion

DC Innovates G8Way Pavilion Event Wed Jan 29 2014


Free Screening of Life of a King, Jan. 15 @ 6 p.m. at THE ARC

Life-of-a-King flyer

Life of a King is a new independent film based on the true story of an ex-convict that starts a chess club for at-risk youth in the District’s Deanwood neighborhood. Life of a King stars Academy Award-Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. and features acclaimed actors Dennis Haysbert, Richard T. Jones, and Lisa Gay Hamilton. The film will be released simultaneously in the theaters and on VOD (video on demand) Friday, January 17, 2014. For more information, please go to the movie’s website at http://www.lifeofaking-movie.com/.


Hypothermia Alert

The District is experiencing record low temperatures and if one is exposed to the cold weather for too long, symptoms of hypothermia can occur.
When the outside temperature is extremely low, take these precautions:

•         Stay indoors during the storm.
•         Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.
•         Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.
•         Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
•         Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.
•         Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.
•         Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.
•         Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
•         If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
•         Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.

Also, if you see a homeless person in need, please call the D.C. Hypothermia Helpline at 800-535-7252, 202-399-7093 or 311.


CNN Article on D.C. Mayoral Race

Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander on the upcoming mayoral race and the demographic changes in the District.


NBC4: D.C. Could Create Only Breast Milk Bank Between Boston, Raleigh

Story on Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander’s Hearing on Breastmilk Bank and Lactation Support Act. Click here to view the story.

Information about Job Fairs/Training Programs


Ongoing. Walmart will recruit potential employees for Wal-Mart stores under construction at H and 2nd Streets in NE Washington and on Georgia Avenue in NW Washington. The hiring centers are located at 900 2nd St. NE and 7818 Eastern Ave. NW and will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Approximately 300 people will be hired for each store. You can also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com/.



Goodwill of Greater Washington and its partners ONE-DC, Progressive Partners, The University of the District of Columbia – Community College, GROW, OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, and United Way of the National Capital Area, are administering a hospitality and employer-focused training program for District residents.  This program will train, prepare, and refer residents to apply for jobs at the Washington Marriott Marquis, opening May 2014. The training will be offered throughout the District of Columbia and will begin in December 2013 and conclude in March 2014. Training can include instructional training modules that include: basic life skills, customer service, hospitality, and digital literacy.  FOR MORE DETAILS & TO APPLY: http://hospitality.dcgoodwill.org/

DC Health Link Is Now Open!

On October 1, 2013, the DC Health Link, an online insurance marketplace where consumers can shop and compare insurance plans, will be open and accessible to residents of the District of Columbia.   Consumers will have access to health insurance options at prices that are more competitive and affordable than previously offered in the District.  A total of 267 plans from four major insurers will be available—including HMOs, PPOs, point of service plans, and health savings account compatible products.  Read more

Councilmember Alexander’s Response to Latest Findings on Residential Property Tax Liens

Please click here to read Councilmember Alexander’s response.

Back to School Message from Councilmember Alexander

It’s that wonderful time of year again…school is back in session! Students are excited about their fresh start, teachers are ready to educate the next generation of scholars and parents are anticipating helping with homework and projects. I encourage each and every one of our students to take advantage of all the opportunities that your school has to offer. It’s important to have success both in the classroom and in your extracurricular activities. For parents, click here for a list of all DCPS Back to School Nights. If your child attends a public charter school, please call the school’s administrative office to find out the date and time for their Back to School Nights. I encourage all of you to attend these very informative events and take the time to establish a relationship with your child’s teacher. It certainly takes a village to raise our children. Have a productive and successful 2013-2014 school year!

Congratulations to Ward 7 Scholars!

Congratulations to all of Ward 7’s top performing students who were recognized at their respective promotion and graduation ceremonies for the 2012-2013 school year!

5th Grade Top Performing Students

Jaiana Dixon, Paula Vinson (Aiton); Ayanna Hyatte, Raylen Jackson (Anne Beers); Imani Donaldson, Gabrielle Farooq (Arts and Technology Academy); James Majette, Kyriea Smith (Burrville); Lynique Walters, DeAndre Whitaker (Davis); Ayana Jefferson, Keyonnia Harper (Drew); Artillius Affini, Angel Rose (C.W. Harris); Raven Carter , Shaumya Kelly (Houston); Diamond Parker, Gregory Robinson (Kenilworth); Kennedy Whitby, Danielle Rhinehart (Kimball); Kyla Hayes, Aniaa Johnson (J.C. Nalle); Paola Riviera, Latrell Terrel (Plummer); Reece Pauling, Quawana Stubbs (Randle Highlands); Nijah Diaw, Ronald Heiligh Jr. (Thomas)

8th Grade Top Performing Students

Cristian Cordoba, Joel Escobar (Cesar Chavez PCS-Middle); Eliyah Cofield (Friendship Blow-Pierce); Timani Richardson, Kashanae Hayes (IDEA PCS-Middle); Elisa Roberts (Kelly Miller); Ramona Davis (KIPP DC-Key Academy); Natalie Washington (Maya Angelou PCS-Middle); Anika Perry,  Ariona Sheppard (Ron Brown); Janeé (Sousa); Amelia Dames, Meosha Johnson (Winston EC)

12th Grade Top Performing Students

Stevon Felton (Cesar Chavez PCS-High), Phillip Pride (Friendship Collegiate Academy), Lapria Johnson (H.D. Woodson), Denzel White (IDEA PCS-High), Jamara Coleman (Maya Angelou PCS-High); Jaelin Hayden (SEED)

Ward 7 Economic Development Summit

On Saturday, June 29, 2013, Mayor Vincent C. Gray will be hosting a meeting to discuss economic development strategies in Ward 7. It will be held at H.D. Woodson High School located at 540 55th Street NE. from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Ward has many opportunities for retail enhancement and development that would impact the quality of life for residents and neighboring communities. Your input is critical and will help to develop a set of outcomes and priorities that will ensure that the community’s interests shape the future of the Ward.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the decision making process. Participate in the Ward 7 Economic Development Summit and take advantage of the opportunity to:

1. Learn about key projects that are being considered, developed, and planned in Ward 7

2. Give policy guidance to Mayor Gray and other city officials through table discussions, entering ideas on computers and voting with electronic keypads

3. Learn about ways to get involved and take action in the future

Space is limited! Register online at www.americaspeaks.org/ward7economicdevelopmentsummit/

POSTPONED – Due to Inclement Weather:

Councilmember Alexander Will Co-Launch Campaign to Combat Teen Alcohol Abuse

“On Friday, April 12, Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander will join the Ward 7 Safe & Drug-free Communities Coalition (W7SDCC) to promote a new program, Sign-Off, a campaign to prevent purchases of alcohol by minors and overall reduce consumption by persons under the legal age.” Read more

Up-to-date Community News!

Don’t forget to click on “Community Notes” at the top of the page to read the latest news about Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander and Ward 7. You’ll also be able to find information about the latest Legislative Notes affecting Ward 7 and the District of Columbia.

Councilmember Alexander’s Statement on DC Lottery Contract Bribe Allegations, Says “Totally False”

“Recently, I was made aware of allegations that were made against me and two of my staffers regarding an illegal $20,000 bribe from Warren Williams, Jr. in order to secure a lottery contract. Two of my staffers were accused of soliciting money from Williams, encouraging him to prove his loyalty to me as the Ward 7 Councilmember. I want to make it clear that these allegations are totally false and have no merit. Read more


DCPS Will Hold Ward 7 Community Dialogue on Proposed School Closures

Join DCPS for the Ward 7 Community Dialogue about the proposed DCPS Consolidations and Reorganization. The meeting will be held on November 28, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sousa Middle School located at 3650 Ely Place SE. Please click on the following link for more information: DCPS Community Dialogue Ward 7 Flyer

Councilmember Alexander Supports Moratorium on School Closures in Ward 7

Click here to read the letter signed by Councilmember Alexander.

Area Closings/Shelter Information

D.C. Government and D.C. Public Schools, Federal Government are closed Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

Metro will be closed through at least the morning of Tuesday, October 30. Metro may reopen later depending on how things go with Hurricane Sandy.

The shelter list is at http://hsema.dc.gov/node/365922 . Rides to shelters are available until conditions are too dangerous. Call 311 for a ride.

Message to Ward 7 Residents on Hurricane Sandy

Dear Ward 7 Residents:

Hurricane Sandy is here and it’s reported that the most intense portion of the storm will hit in the late afternoon/evening. As of now, the news has reported that this storm might last until Wednesday.  I encourage everyone to please stay indoors during the duration of this storm. I hope that all of you by now have gathered all that you need to prepare for potential power outages and other effects from the storm.  If you know of any elders or residents with health concerns please reach out to them and check on them.

Pepco has assured us that they are monitoring this storm closely and are prepared to assess any damage from the hurricane. Restoration efforts will not be able to begin until the winds have died down to a safe level for Pepco workers to restore power to affected areas. Please remember to report any outages/downed wires to 1-877-737-2662 or through the mobile app at http://pepco.com/home/emergency/mobileapp/default.aspx.

My staff is working diligently to provide you with updates regarding Hurricane Sandy and places to take shelter. As of now, the Deanwood Recreation Center, located at 1350 49th Street NE, is the only designated storm shelter in Ward 7. For more information, please remember to check my website athttp://www.yvettealexander.org or my Twitter news account at http://www.twitter.com/cmalexandernews. Also, I am available by email at yalexander@dccouncil.us or you can call 202-741-0910 to report any damage or other concerns regarding the storm. My Director of Constituent Services, Amin Muslim, can be reached at amuslim@dccouncil.us or 202-615-6186.

Tips from Pepco

Restoration Process

In the event severe weather causes widespread damage to the electric system, Pepco will restore power by targeting wires serving critical infrastructure, such as hospitals, fire stations, and police stations, as well as those serving the greatest number of customers.  This is similar to clearing roads after a snow storm.  Major roads and thoroughfares must be cleared first before secondary roads and neighborhood streets are plowed.  Generally the sequence is as follows:
o   Downed live wires or potentially life-threatening situations and public health and safety facilities without power.
o   Transmission lines serving thousands of customers.
o   Substation equipment.
o   Main distribution lines serving large numbers of customers.
o   Secondary lines serving neighborhoods.
o   Service lines to individual homes and businesses.

Preparation Tips
·         Have adequate prescription medicines or infant supplies on hand.
·         If you or someone you know uses life-support equipment that requires electricity to operate, identify a location with emergency power capabilities and make plans to go there during a prolonged outage.
·         Assemble an emergency storm kit. Include a battery-powered radio or television, flashlight, a first-aid kit, battery-powered or windup clock, extra batteries, special needs items, an insulated cooler and a list of important and emergency phone numbers.
·         Keep at least a three-day supply of non-perishable foods and bottled water and have a hand-operated can opener available.  If you have a pet, make sure there is a supply of food available for them.  Be sure to take you pet with you if you have to leave home.  Identify pet-friendly motels ahead of time.
·         Have a telephone with a cord or cell phone to use as a backup. Cordless telephones require electricity to operate, and won’t work if there is an outage.
·         Protect your electronic equipment. Unplug sensitive electronics or plug computers and other sensitive equipment into surge suppressors, and consider a UPS (uninterruptible power supply) for temporary battery backup power.
·         Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if you have an electrically operated sump pump, you should not turn off your power.
·         Fill your gas tank so you can run your automobile to charge mobile devices. Be sure to open garage doors using manual controls to run the vehicle safely.

Generator Safety Tips
·         If you plan to use a portable generator during power outages, here are important safety precautions:
·         Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a generator.
·         Locate your generator in a well-ventilated area. Never run it inside, even in your garage. Gasoline powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly. Store gasoline or other flammable liquids outside of living areas in properly marked approved containers. They should also not be stored in a garage if a fuel-burning appliance is located there.
·         Plug appliances directly into the generator using heavy-duty, properly grounded extension cords. Make sure extension cords are not frayed or worn.
·         Use the generator only when necessary, and don’t overload it. Turn it off at night while you sleep and when you are away from home to avoid a possible fire hazard.
·         For your safety and the safety of employees working to restore power, do not connect your generator directly into your home’s main fuse box or circuit panel. Improperly connected generators can feed electricity back into the electrical system, endangering field personnel working to restore your power. Consult a qualified electrical contractor if a permanent generator installation is desired.

Other Safety Tips
·         Tune in to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.
·         Follow the advice of your local emergency management officials.
·         Take cover if necessary.
·         Stay from downed wires. Assume any downed wire is energized.

Shelter Information
Shelters are available for those affected by the storm. Those going to shelters are advised to bring prescription medicines, critical phone numbers, and comfort items such as personal pillows.


Pepco’s Hurricane Sandy Storm Preparation

To District Residents:

Please see the note below from Pepco stating its preparedness steps and tips for residents to prepare for Hurricane Sandy.


“Good Afternoon,

If you haven’t heard yet, there is a monster storm coming up the coast, Hurricane Sandy.  Media has already come up with a nickname for this storm, Frankenstorm, since we are close to Halloween.

As you might imagine, we have been constantly monitoring forecasts related to Hurricane Sandy.  As has been reported, this event could be quite significant. Pepco began participating in mutual assistance calls on Wednesday to share forecasts and plans. We have activated our emergency teams, and preparatory meetings are under way.  Presently, Pepco has about 150 permanent line personnel active and available, as well as an additional 400 contractors working on the system. Contractors have been secured for Saturday to ensure their presence on the system through Sunday. We are in the process of securing our contractors to make certain that they are available for storm restoration. Operational Coordination teams are holding calls to plan weekend schedules.

We are encouraging residents to also prepare for this storm.  Pepco has developed a fact sheet to help residents prepare for storms.  It can be found at the following location on the Pepco website:  http://www.pepco.com/_res/documents/weather_storm.pdf.

We have also developed a storm preparation handbook, which provides detailed information about our restoration process and also outlines various tips to help prepare for a weather event.

It is important to always remember SAFETY.  We would like to remind you that if you see a downed wire, stay away from it and report it to our Emergency Line at 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662).  You can also use that same number to report outages.  In addition, you have the option to report outages online at www.pepco.com or on the Pepco app on your mobile device at pepco.com/mobileapp.

We will provide additional updates as we get closer to the storm.”

Leadership Council Meeting October 20

Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander will host her Leadership Council meeting on October 20 at 9 a.m., along with the Ward 7 Safe & Drug-Free Communities Coalition to discuss underage drinking and alcohol abuse in honor of National Substance Abuse Prevention Month.  Everyone is invited to attend this event and learn about this latest trend that is affecting our communities. The meeting will be held at the Fort Davis Recreation Center located at 1400 41st Street SE. Breakfast will be served.

Councilmember Alexander Comments on Pepco’s Rate Increase Request and Pending Contract Negotiations

For the full press release, please click here.

Leadership Council Meeting September 29

Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander will host her Leadership Council meeting on September 29, along with HSEMA, in honor of National Preparedness Month. Everyone is invited to attend this event and learn about ways to be more prepared in case of an emergency. For more information, please review the flyer below.

Councilmember Alexander in the News!

Click here to see Councilmember Alexander talking to News Channel 8 about the Park 7 Groundbreaking!

DDOE and Pepco to Host Community Meeting

The District Department of the Environment (DDOE) and Pepco will hold a Community Meeting on September 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. concerning the environmental study that Pepco is performing at its Benning Service Center and the adjacent portion of the Anacostia River. The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the DOES building located at 4058 Minnesota Ave. NE. All are invited to attend to voice their concerns.

Ward 7 Community Service Day with Georgetown University

Georgetown University students along with Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander will be hosting their annual Community Service Day in Ward 7 on September 1, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Approximately 600 student volunteers will be working at various sites performing clean-up and beautification projects. All volunteers are asked to gather at the closing event which will be held at Neval Thomas Elementary starting at 2:30 p.m. All Ward 7 residents are invited to participate. For a list of the sites click here.

Ward 7 Night at Shakespeare Theatre Company

Councilmember Alexander, along with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, is hosting Ward 7 Night for a Free For All production of All’s Well That Ends Well on August 31 at 8 p.m. For those interested in attending this event for free, please call Councilmember Alexander’s Office at 202-724-8068 with your name, phone number, address and email to reserve tickets. This is for Ward 7 residents only. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Only two tickets available per person. Click here for the flyer.

New Twitter Account!

For the latest news and updates pertaining to Ward 7 and Councilmember Alexander, follow @CMAlexanderNews

Legislative Notes

Click here for the latest Legislative Notes from Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander, listing all of the legislation she introduced and sponsored in June and July 2012.

DPR Extends Pool Hours

Today the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced that due to the heat advisory that will be in effect on Thursday, July 26, DPR will extend operating hours at select District pools for Thursday only.  Temperatures are expected to reach above 100 degrees.

The following pools will operate from 1 pm – 8:30 pm:

  • Ward 2 : Jelleff Recreation Center Pool (3265 S Street, NW)
  • Ward 5 : Harry Thomas Sr. Pool (1743 Lincoln Road, SE)
  • Ward 6 : Rosedale Pool (1701 Gales Street, NE)
  • Ward 8 : Anacostia Pool (1800 Anacostia Drive, SE)
    Oxon Run Pool (501 Mississippi Avenue, SE)

The following pools will operate from 1 pm – 9:30 pm:

  • Ward 2 : Volta Park Pool (1555 34th Street, NW)
    Francis Pool (25th & N Street, NW)
  • Ward 4 : Upshur Recreation Center Pool (4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW)
  • Ward 5 : Theodore Hagans Jr. Pool (3201 Fort Lincoln Drive, NE)
  • Ward 7 : Fort Dupont Pool (830 Ridge Road, SE)
  • Ward 8 : Barry Farm Pool (1230 Sumner Road, SE)

Pools typically closed on Thursday’s will remain closed.

DPW To Collect Trash/Recycling Starting At 6 a.m., Thurs. & Fri., July 26-27, Due To Heat

The DC Department of Public Works announced today that its residential trash and recycling crews will begin their collections an hour earlier, at 6 am, Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27, due to temperatures predicted to be greater than 90° both days. Residents should put their trash and recyclables out for pick-up the evening before their collection day rather than waiting until the morning of the collection day.

Throughout the summer, when the temperature is predicted to be 90˚ or higher or the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments announces unhealthy air quality (Code Orange or Code Red days), DPW collection crews will begin their work at 6 am to avoid health or environmental issues.

Ward 7 Day at Nationals Park

Please join Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander at the Ward 7 Day at Nationals Park on Wednesday, July 18 to watch the Washington Nationals play the New York Mets. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. A limited number of complimentary tickets are available for Ward 7 residents. In order to reserve tickets, please call the office at 202-724-8068. Tickets are available for pick up at the Downtown Office located at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Suite 400, Washington, DC 20004. Only two tickets per person, with proper ID, will be issued during pick up.


Process for Replacement Food Stamp Benefits

The severe storm, which hit the region last Friday, June 29, 2012, continues to have lingering effects.  The Food and Nutrition Service denied the Districts request for automatic replacement of benefits, since the District did not experience more than 50% loss of power due to the storm.  Therefore, the Department of Human Services will receive requests for Replacement Food Stamp benefits, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance.  DHS will accept requests at all DHS Service Center locations and at the mass feeding sites.  (See attached)  Residents must be a current Food Stamp recipient and received a benefit in June 2012.  Residents must report the loss within 10 days of Sunday, July 1, 2012.  Therefore, DHS will not accept any requests for replacement benefits after close of business July 11, 2012 at 8 pm.  All requests must meet the requirements of 7 CFR §276.6.

Applicants must make the request orally or in writing and provide the following information no later than July 11, 2012 for the request to be processed:
•         Proof of DC address
•         DHS case number or social security number
•         An estimate of the value of the destroyed food or copies of receipts of replaced food
•         A signed statement attesting to the household’s loss
DHS will verify the power loss with PEPCO and process the requests as soon as possible.  The maximum amount of replacement cannot exceed the resident’s food stamp allotment in June.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Walker at 202-698-3958.

Service Centers
2100 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE
Phone: (202) 645-4614  Fax:(202) 727-3527

Congress Heights
4001 South Capitol Street, SW
Phone: (202) 645-4546  Fax: (202) 654-4524

Fort Davis
3851 Alabama Avenue, SE
Phone: (202) 645-4500  Fax: (202) 645-6205

H Street
645 H Street, NE
Phone: (202) 698-4350 Fax: (202) 724-8964

Taylor Street
1207 Taylor Street, NW
Phone: (202) 576-8000  Fax: (202) 576-8740

Mass Feeding Sites: When available

Langdon Community Center- 2901 20th Street, NE
Guy Mason Recreation Center – 3600 Calvert Street N.W.
Takoma Community Center – 300 Van Buren Street N.W.
Emery Recreation Center located at 5801 Georgia Ave. N.W.
Deanwood Recreation Center – 1350 49th Street N.E.
S. E. Tennis and Learning Center located at 701 Mississippi Ave. S.E.

Pepco Encourages Safety Precautions

After severe storms, Pepco urges customers to take safety precautions. Our safety tips include:

·        Stay away from downed wires. Call 1-877-737-2662 and follow the prompts to report a downed wire or an outage.

·        Avoid crews working in the street. This will keep you and the crews safe, and allow them to work on restoring your power.

·        Visit pepco.com for safety tips and follow the advice of your local emergency management officials.

·        If you plan to use a portable generator, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use only when necessary. Don’t overload it and turn it off at night, while you sleep and when you are away from home.

·        Locate a portable generator in a well-ventilated area. Never run it inside, even in your garage, to avoid the potential hazard of carbon monoxide. Do not connect the generator directly into your home’s main fuse box or circuit panel.

·        Protect food and refrigerated medicine with regular ice in an insulated cooler. If you are without power for more than two hours, refrigerated foods should be placed in a cooler. Foods will stay frozen for 36 to 48 hours in a fully loaded freezer if the door remains closed, and a half-full freezer will generally keep frozen food for up to 24 hours.

·        Turn off power to flood-prone basement appliances if it is safe to do so. However, if you have an electrically operated sump pump, you should not turn off the power in your basement.

·        Tune in to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information.

·        Take cover if necessary

Ward 7 Cooling Centers

District of Columbia residents and visitors are encouraged to find cooling centers closest to them in order to avoid the hazardous heat. Recreation centers, libraries and Senior Wellness Centers are all great places to beat the heat and are open to the public. These locations provide not only a cool place to rest but also provide water and activities. Below you will find a list of the Ward 7 locations that have been designated as cooling centers. Please call the location before your arrival because hours of operation are subject to change. For a list of all cooling centers throughout the District, please click here.

The following indoor pools are open during the summer season. They are climate-controlled, provide security for personal belongings and have certified staff for safety and assistance:
1) Therapeutic Recreation Pool – 3030 G Street, SE
Phone: 202-645-5708
Hours: MWF -9 a.m. – 5 p.m., TTh – 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The outdoor pools are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and weekends from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.
1) Benning Park – 53rd & Fitch Streets, SE
Phone: 202-645-5044
Hours: Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

2) Fort DuPont – Ridge Road & Burns Street, SE
Phone: 202-645-5046
Hours: Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The following cooling centers within the Office on Aging, Senior Service Network are opened for seniors during a heat emergency. It is recommended that the site be contacted if the individual is not a participant of the specific program site. In addition, similar services may be available through the nearby churches, libraries and other public facilities.

1) Dwelling Place Senior Center – 2812 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Phone: 202-582-7138
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

2) PT Johnson Senior Center – 3440 Minnesota Avenue, SE
Phone: 202-584-4431
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

3) Washington Senior Wellness Center – 3001 Alabama Avenue, SE
Phone: 202-581-9355
Hours: Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

LIBRARIES – Extended Hours
1) Dorothy Height Library – 3935 Benning Rd. N.E.
Phone: 202-281-2583
Extended Hours: Saturday – Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The following recreation centers are still closed due to the power outage: Deanwood Recreation Center, Hillcrest Recreation Center, Benning Stoddert Recreation Center and Fort Davis Recreation Center

Extreme Heat Protective Measures

In the event of extreme heat, you should take the following precautions:
•Stay indoors as much as possible.
•Limit exposure to the sun, especially  between 10 AM and 3 PM when it is strongest
•Watch for symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
•Visit one of the District’s “Cooling Centers” located throughout the city, if you do not have access to a cool-temperature location.
•Do not leave children or pets in vehicles.
•Drink plenty of water. Do not drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
•People with respiratory problems, or illnesses should please stay indoors.
•Regularly check on: Infants and young children, people aged 65 or older, people who have a mental illness, those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
•Call 311 for detailed information about cooling center locations.
•Visit 72hours.dc.gov for information about extreme heat and other hazards.

Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) Wants You to Adopt a Street Tree

DDOT’s Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) is hanging red-and-white tags with Quick Response (QR) codes near new street trees. Its goal is to make it as easy as possible for residents, businesses, and organizations to adopt new street trees. DDOT will deliver a free 10-gallon watering tub with a red Canopy Keeper sticker for every tree if adoptees agree to fill it once a week with water. Crews are providing intermittent water to the more than 3,900 new trees DDOT planted this year, but DDOT relies on the community to serve as urban forest stewards by providing consistent weekly water that the tree needs to survive and thrive in its first two years after planting.

QR tags were successfully piloted earlier this spring in four neighborhoods in the District and UFA is now expanding this outreach initiative citywide by hanging tags in areas with high residential or commercial populations that do not have Business Improvement District or Main Street organizations maintaining street trees. There are three ways of adopting trees listed on each tag:

1.       Scan the QR Code: Individuals with mobile devices scan the tag’s QR Code (see picture) through a free QR scanning application downloadable to their mobile phone. It will link directly to the form so they can sign up for the Canopy Keepers program on their device.

2.       Use the website: The tags also provide the web address (ddot.dc.gov/canopykeepers) where individuals can submit the form.

3.       Call 311: Individuals who call 311 can ask to be directly connected to the Urban Forestry Administration for tree adoption. Online customers should use the DDOT website listed above rather than 311.dc.gov for this particular request.

Adoptees should clean and store their tub(s) after each use. Trash and other dirt can hinder the water from properly draining.  If the tub is clogged, just turn it over and rinse the drainage holes.

Why do tubs appear / disappear? DDOT’s watering crews are currently moving through the city putting 25-gallon tubs around trees, filling them, then moving the tubs to other locations after the water has drained. The watering crew will fill tubs with red stickers that have been adopted but not take the tubs.

To see more photos of the QR tags, please visit DDOT’s Photostream in Flickr .

For more information about the watering tubs, please visit www.bio-plex.com/treerings.asp

If you have any questions about this program, please contact UFA at 202-671-5133 or email Community Outreach Specialist Ian Leahy at ian.leahy@dc.gov

East River Jazz Fest

As a part of the D.C. Jazz Festival, the East River Jazz Fest will provide live music and entertainment throughout Wards 7 and 8. Click here to view a schedule of the performances. Prices range from Free to $20.

Councilmember Alexander’s Statement on the Passing of Chuck Brown

“I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Chuck Brown, the “Godfather of Go-Go.” Chuck’s legendary music helped to define the culture of Washington, D.C., he will truly be missed. I’ll cherish the times I was able to see him perform live and the opportunity I had to tell him how much I loved his music. To Chuck Brown’s family, friends, band members and loved ones, my thoughts and prayers are with you.”

DDOT Issues Public Space Permits

Beginning Monday, April 23, DDOT will start managing the public space permitting process for neighborhood block parties. This was previously handled by the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Residents who wish to secure public space permits for events on their block will submit such requests directly to DDOT. More information about DDOT’s Public Space Permits is available online at http://ddot.dc.gov/DC/DDOT/Services/Permitting+Applications.

Ward 7 Economic Development Projects

Click here  to view the presentation about the completed and upcoming Ward 7 Economic Development Projects. This presentation was created by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.

Summer Youth Employment Program’s Jr. Police Academy 2012

This 6-week summer program is an opportunity for students (ages 14 -17) who are curious about the law or interested in law enforcement, politics and the criminal justice system to gain an insider’s perspective by learning about the criminal justice system and the internal operations of a police department. This is a chance for students to compare CSI and Law & Order to MPD and the District of Columbia Government.

Students must be DC residents in order to be paid through the DC Department of Employment Services’ Summer Jobs Program (Summer Youth Employment Program)  http://www.does.dc.gov/does/cwp/view,a,1232,q,537757.asp

For more information and the application, visit: http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/JPA









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