11 Sep 2018


Mayor Bowser Declares State of Emergency

The DC flag. Photo by Mr. T in DC


UPDATED 7:30 p.m., 9/13/18

Mayor Muriel Bowser has rescinded her state of emergency declaration, effective immediately.


In case you missed it, Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a State of Emergency this morning. The state of emergency will be valid for a 15-day period. According to the Hill Rag, festivals taking place this coming weekend will be canceled– most notably, the H Street Festival.


UPDATE: The H street Festival will take place on Saturday, October 13. Mark your calendars!

From the official press release:

The emergency declaration implements the District response plan and applies to all departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the DC Government. It also permits utility workers and District agencies to retain crews to complete emergency repairs and restore services beyond normal work hours. The emergency declaration prohibits price gouging during the public emergency or for the next 30 days (whichever is shorter). The last time Mayor Bowser declared a state of emergency was on January 21, 2016, ahead of the winter storm known as Snowzilla.

HSEMA is coordinating preparations and emergency planning with its partner agencies at the District, federal, and regional levels. Additional information will be provided to the public as Hurricane Florence’s trajectory and its impact on the District become more precise.

Mayor Bowser advises that District residents and visitors should:


  • Sign up for alerts at alertdc.dc.gov. AlertDC is your personal connection to real-time updates and instructions to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your neighborhood.
  • Encourage family and friends in the storm’s path to listen to officials and have a plan on how you will communicate once the storm passes.
  • Replenish your emergency supply kit, especially if you have dietary or medical needs. For a list of items you need, visit ready.dc.gov/kit.
  • If you have access and/or functional needs, take steps to prepare in advance, including informing your support network of your emergency supplies and planning for your critical needs, such astransportation, power, and communications.
  • Monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information.
  • Clean out your home’s gutters and empty out your rain barrels.
  • Contact DC Water at (202) 612-3400 to report any clogged sewer basins and clean out any trash or litter around sewer basins.
  • Follow HSEMA’s Twitter and Facebook for updated information from the District on potential impacts.


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