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Emergency Readiness Meetings Planned

As part of a series of neighborhood meetings for emergency preparedness, the mayor’s office and the District’s Emergency Management Agency are sponsoring public forums this week to address the heightened concerns which resulted from the Feb. 7 code orange terror alert, as well as address a variety of emergency situations ranging from what to do in case of a snow storm or widespread power outage, said Sharon Gang, deputy director of the mayor’s office of communications.

Residents of Anacostia, Barry Farm, Belleview, Buena Vista, Congress Heights, Fort Stanton, Garfield Heights, Hillsdale, Knox Hill, Sheridan Douglass, Shipley Terrace, Washington Highlands, and Woodland will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Allen Chapel A.M.E., 2498 Alabama Ave. SE.

The forums for Arthur Capper, Buzzards Point, Carrollsburg, Fort McNair, Navy Yard, Near Southeast, Southwest Employment District and Southwest Waterfront neighborhoods are slated for 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at River Park Mutual Homes, Community Center, 1301 Delaware Ave. SW.

Both meetings — chaired by Peter LaPorte, director of the Emergency Management Agency —will offer residents a chance to provide their input on the EMA’s Community Emergency Management Plan for their area.

The meetings will also be used as a chance to recruit volunteers for the District’s Citizen Corps.

High-level representatives from other emergency management agencies, including transportation, police and fire officials, will also be on hand to answer questions.

For more information, call the office of community outreach at (202) 442-8150.

— Bree Hocking

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