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:
- FEMA’s Guide to Emergencies
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Are You Ready? A Guide to Citizen Preparedness” includes facts on disaster survival techniques, disaster-specific information, and how to prepare for and respond to both natural and man-made disasters.
Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, work and in your community. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can confine you to your home.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC spells out safety issues and answers frequently asked questions about a number of different types of disasters and weather emergencies. The CDC’s information can be viewed in multiple languages.
- OPM: Emergency Guidance
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management spells out federal workers should handle emergency situations. Federal employees in the D.C. area can call 202-606-1900 to find out the government’s status.
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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