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Take Precautionary Measures to Reduce the Risk for West Nile Virus

Take Precautionary Measures to Reduce the Risk for West Nile Virus

 

The following information was sent to us by Erin Bradley:

 

Prince George’s County Health Department wants to remind citizens and residents about the importance of protecting themselves against mosquitoes and the potential exposure to West Nile Virus.  Due to the recent heavy rains and resulting standing water, the risk of West Nile Virus is particularly high. A resident living in New Carrolton is Prince George’s County’s first confirmed case of West Nile Virus in a human.

Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church: Washington D.C.’s Largest and Oldest Greek Festival

Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church: Washington D.C.’s Largest and Oldest Greek Festival

SAINTS CONSTANTINE & HELEN
GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

Washington D.C.’s Largest and Oldest Greek Festival
Celebrates 51st Anniversary in Sept.

 The Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church festival celebrates their 51st annual festival, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 16, 17 and 18, 2011, from 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday (rain or shine). The largest and oldest DC Greek Festival is located at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of 16th and Upshur streets in Washington, D.C. Admission is FREE.

Thank You Dr. Seuss!

 

Thank You Dr. Seuss

 

“Oh the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss has a very special place in my life, and from speaking and listening to others, it holds similar value. I was given this when I was going through a major transition in my life and it helped me focus and reaffirm my confidence in myself.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading this book, it’s a ‘must read’. Don’t be fooled by the child-like style Seuss’ books have.  The messages are clearly for all ages.

Dr. Seuss discusses the ‘Great Balancing Act that is life itself, and all the ups and downs it presents’. What I love is that he encourages us to ‘find the success that lies within us’. As Dr. Seuss says, ‘And will you succeed? Yes! You will indeed! 98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.’

Power Outages & the Dangers of Generators

With more than 30,000 people in Prince George's County still without power, dangers of generator usage has become prevalent in recent news as there have been three instances with one fatality where families in the area have come in contact with Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

"We understand that people are without electricity. We sympothize with you and we hope the best, however you can not operate a generator inside of a structure. If you live in an apartment you can not operate one on your balcony," said Prince George's County Fire/ EMS Department's Mark Brady.

"It is very important to follow all manufacturer instructions , placing generators at least 15 – 20 feet from homes and in well-ventilated areas," Brady went on to say.

 Here are some more important safety tips Mark Brady and other fire officials are reminding residents when using a generator:    

 

Prince George's County Assists Residents With Cleanup And Disposal Of Storm Debris

Prince George's County Assists Residents With Cleanup And Disposal Of Storm Debris

 

 The Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) crews worked throughout the weekend to clear fallen trees and limbs along County roadways.  Crews have removed all trees blocking County roadways, except for roadways where fallen trees are tangled with utility lines.  The affected utility companies have been notified of these areas.

 

 

Pepco Assesses Storm & Targets Power Outages

Pepco Assesses Storm & Targets Power Outages

According to Pepco, a fleet of trucks was dispatched at 7 a.m. to actively assess storm damage across the system, allowing Pepco to strategically target power restoration efforts. These crews include personnel and trucks from utility companies in other states, which had been arranged by Pepco earlier last week as Hurricane Irene gathered.

Restoration Efforts Include: 1,700 restoration workers in the field, including 800 from mutual-assistance companies in other states 400 field support personnel 440 staffers taking calls from Pepco customers In Pepco’s service area.

Hurricane Irene delivered heavy rains and sustained gale force winds. Damage to the electrical infrastructure has been extensive up and down the East Coast. As of 7:30 a.m., approximately 194,000 Pepco customers were without power. This is reduced from 220,000 customers without power earlier during the storm.

Pepco Mobilizes in Response to Hurricane Irene

Pepco Mobilizes in Response to Hurricane Irene

WASHINGTON – Pepco has launched its response plan in the wake of Hurricane Irene. A fleet of trucks were dispatched at 7 a.m. to actively assess storm damage across the system, allowing Pepco to strategically target power restoration efforts.  These crews include personnel and trucks from utility companies in other states, which had been arranged by Pepco earlier last week as Hurricane Irene gathered.

“We have developed a plan to attack potential outages since this storm was first predicted,” said Pepco Region President Thomas H. Graham. “We’ve now launched our restoration fleets into the communities and they will work around the clock until everyone’s power is restored.