Maryland

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Sign Up for Alerts

There are many services in our region that will give alerts from not only local governments, but also regional transportation alerts as well. The way that alerts are delivered vary by the service: some are text alerts, while others are through Twitter and even Facebook. In the event of a power loss when you still have access to a charged phone, these alerts can be a valuable source of information in the event of any local emergency.

  • Capital Alert delivers emergency text alerts to your phone from city or county governments in the national capital area.
  • The Alert DC system sends text alerts to registered users in the event of an emergency. The service is available to those who live and work in DC.

Utilities

IF YOUR POWER GOES OUT, YOU CAN REPORT THE OUTAGE TO YOUR POWER COMPANY BY CALLING THESE NUMBERS:

PEPCO – 1-877-737-2662

BGE – 1-877-778-2222, 1-800-685-0123

SMECO – 1-877-747-6326, 1-888-440-3311

POTOMAC EDISON – 1-888-544-4877, 1-800-686-0011

Shelter

The Red Cross can help find a shelter near you, or by texting SHELTER + your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA).

Weather Related Emergencies

Heat Safety Resources

 Montgomery County

  • Cooling Centers – Montgomery County** does not currently operate cooling centers. The county suggests residents go to air-conditioned public libraries or shopping malls. (Learn more here)
  • Free Fans – Montgomery County distributes free fans to certain county seniors. (Learn more here)
  • Utility Assistance – With help from the federal LIHEAP program, the state of Maryland offers financial assistance for utilities to low-income state residents. (Learn more here)

** The City of Rockville operates cooling centers when temperatures rise beyond 95 degrees.  (Find a city cooling center here)

Prince George’s County

  • Cooling Centers – On dangerously hot days (90 degrees +), Prince George’s County opens cooling centers throughout the County. (Find a cooling center here)
  • Utility Assistance – With help from the federal LIHEAP program, the state of Maryland offers financial assistance for utilities to low-income state residents. (Learn more here)

General Emergency Preparedness