Hurricane Isabel
<Ken Marcus>
From Arlington County:

With the predicted arrival of Hurricane Isabel later in the week,
Arlington's Office of Emergency Management is encouraging people
to review emergency preparations.

"Hurricane Isabel - on an apparent track toward our area -
gives us all a good opportunity to review emergency preparedness
plans," said Jim Schwartz, Director of Arlington's Office of
Emergency Management. "We're advising people to take this time to
ensure that you, your family and your workplace are as prepared as
possible for this, and other, possible emergencies."

Arlington recommends four steps for basic emergency preparedness:

Be prepared - with a basic emergency preparedness kit and an
emergency communications plan for your family and your workplace.
The "Emergency Preparedness Guide" on the County's website is an
excellent source; visit www.co.arlington.va.us and click on "e-

Stay tuned - tune in to local TV and radio to keep up with the
latest forecasts for Hurricane Isabel.

Sign up for the Arlington Alert System - encourage friends,
family and co-workers to sign up for the Arlington Alert System. This
free service delivers immediate emergency text messages to e-mail
accounts and text-enabled cell phones, pagers, and personal digital
assistants. The Arlington Alert System will operate even during a
power outage and is a great way to receive emergency information. To
sign up, visit www.arlingtonalert.com.
Check on neighbors - check on neighbors with special needs
(elderly, infirm, etc.) before and after the storm. Ensure their
needs are met and that they can communicate with someone during the

Arlington emergency management officials are currently conducting
thorough assessments of likely impacts; checking equipment and
emergency plans; and making emergency preparations.

Matthew Martin
Arlington County Police Dept.
Media Relations/Legislative Affairs Office
1425 N. Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
703-228-4311 ph
703-524-3674 fax
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