Emergency Planning Guide

WASHINGTON – Has your family discussed how you will handle a large-scale emergency? What if you are at work, your spouse is stuck in traffic, your children are in school and you can’t communicate with each other? Will everyone know what to do?

There is no way to completely plan for every emergency, but there are steps you can take to make sure you are prepared for different emergency scenarios.

WTOP is committed to being your emergency notification station, and your connection to the information you need in the event of a crisis.

WTOP continues to work hard behind the scenes to make sure its radio stations stay on the air through any emergency, natural or otherwise. WTOP has backup transmitting facilities and studios well outside of Washington, D.C.

Remember, you can tune in to WTOP on the following frequencies: 103.5 FM and 103.9 FM (Frederick, Md.),and 107.7 FM. You also can listen to WTOP online.

WTOP’s sister station, WFED, specializes in federal news. You can tune into WFED on 1500 AM and 820 AM, as well as listen online.

In the event of a major national emergency, WFED will simulcast WTOP’s programming.

Please understand, this page is not meant to alarm you. WTOP wants to make sure you have thought about what you can do BEFORE an emergency happens.


Below are links and resources to help you prepare for various emergencies:

Here are some additional resources:

  • Make a Plan
    The National Capital Region offers alert services and resources for making your emergency plan.

  • District of Columbia
    In an emergency, this site will provide real-time instructions to District residents and visitors.

  • Montgomery County
    Montgomery County offers alerts and provides translations of how to prepare for an emergency in Cambodian, Chinese, Farsi, French, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese.

  • Fairfax County
    Fairfax County provides resources for how to prepare for natural disasters and how to recover.

Other cities and counties:

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