Prince George's County Government opened for normal operations, Emergency Operations Center closed
Hyattsville, Maryland – Tomorrow, Wednesday, August 24, Prince George's County Public Schools will operate on a Code Green - Schools are closed. All 12-month employees are to report on time.
In order to allow time to further inspect our school facilities, Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) will be closed on Wednesday, August 24. All 12 month employees must report. Crews will survey school facilities to determine damage. Stay tuned for updates via the PGCPS website at www.pgcps.org; and Twitter pages: @PGCPS and @PGCPSHite.
The Prince George's County Govenment will be open and working on a normal schedule unless an annoucement is made on a specific building prior to opening tomorrow morning.
The Prince George's County Office of Homeland Security has closed the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) this evening at 9:00 pm. The County will continue to monitor developments throughout the evening and into tomorrow. Before closing, the EOC issued the following updates:
- Two buildings in the County have been condemned: 3208 Curtis Drive and 3103 Good Hope Avenue, both in the Hillcrest Heights section of Temple Hills.
- The Prince George’s County Fire Department (PGFD) and Department of Environmental Resources (DER) have cleared the scene. A structural engineer will be sent from DER to evaluate the structures tomorrow.
- Prince George’s County Emergency Management has opened a local community center for displaced residents at the Hillcrest Heights Community Center at 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills MD.
- Over fifty residents have taken advantage of the shelter.
- No serious injuries have been reported in connection with today's events.
- The Prince George’s County Regional Processing Center in Hyattsville has water damage. All processing will take place this evening at Central Booking Center at Prince George’s County Correctional Center.
- The following power outages have been reported in Prince George's County:
34 outages were reported by BGE
34 outages were reported by PEPCO
Prince George’s County is advising residents to only use 911 for emergency calls. Unless there is an injury requiring immediate attention, please turn to your local news channel for additional information.
The majority of structures will be safe. Take this opportunity to assess your residence by completing the following steps:
- Look for any new cracks that exceed 1/4" the width of a finger.
- Look for displaced walls or beams in the basement and on each floor.
- Look for walls that bow or lean in a way that is obvious to the eye.
If you find these conditions, please evacuate the building until an inspection by a qualified engineer or building inspector can be performed. Additionally, all residents should check their gas pipes at their house and smell for any leaks. If they smell gas, exit the house immediately and call the gas company.
What to do during an earthquake, aftershock (Credit: AP)
The U.S. Geological Service has reported that an earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale occurred at 1:51 this afternoon near Mineral and Louisa, Virginia. Later estimates show it was actually a 5.8 earthquake. Citizens as far away as the Triangle region have reported feeling tremors. Aftershocks are a possibility, but will diminish in intensity and frequency.
If you feel the ground shake, take the following precautions immediately!
1. DUCK - When the shaking first starts: DUCK or drop to the floor.
2. COVER - Take COVER under a sturdy desk, table or other furniture. If there is nothing available to take cover under, crouch against an interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. Stay away from windows, hanging objects, mirrors or anything that might fall over.
3. HOLD - If seeking cover under a piece of furniture, HOLD on to it and be prepared to move with it during the quake.
Use these tips if you find yourself in any of the following places when an earthquake strikes:
- High-rise building – Stay near an interior wall. Do not use the elevators.
- Outdoors – Move to a clear area, away from trees, signs, buildings, or downed electrical wires and poles.
- Walking along the street – Duck into a doorway to protect yourself from falling bricks, glass, plaster and other debris.
- In your car – Pull over to the side of the road and stop. Avoid overpasses, power lines, and other hazards. STAY INSIDE THE VEHICLE UNTIL THE SHAKING IS OVER.
- In a mall or other public place – Do not rush for the exits. DO NOT PANIC. Move away from anything that might fall.
- In the kitchen—Move away from the refrigerator, stove, and overhead cupboards.
- In a stadium or theater – Stay in your seat and protect your head with your arms. DO NOT try and leave until the shaking is over.
- In the mountains – Watch out for falling rock, landslides, trees, and other debris that could be loosened by quakes.