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Only a Drill: County to Practice Mass Evacuation During Flooding on Friday

Expect to see dozens of emergency vehicles and personnel in the Upper Marlboro area Friday when emergency agencies simulate a mass evacuation caused by flooding in Prince George's County.

Expect to see dozens of emergency vehicles and personnel in the Upper Marlboro area Friday when emergency agencies simulate a mass evacuation caused by flooding. File|Patch
Expect to see dozens of emergency vehicles and personnel in the Upper Marlboro area Friday when emergency agencies simulate a mass evacuation caused by flooding. File|Patch

From a news release:

Expect to see dozens of emergency vehicles and personnel from police to the Red Cross when the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management conducts a mass care, shelter, and evacuation procedure exercise on Friday, July 11.

Organizers said the exercise is designed to test responders ability to evacuate neighborhoods and shelter residents within Prince George’s County.

The exercise will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, 12650 Brooke Lane, and the surrounding area in Upper Marlboro. The practice scenario will simulate flooding in various communities throughout the county. 

For more information about the drill, call the Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management at (301) 780-8157. 

Overall, this exercise is designed to test two plans: the Prince George’s County Mass Care and Shelter Plan and the Prince George’s County evacuation plan. In addition, the exercise provides an opportunity for first responders as well as health and human services personnel to assist the movement and evacuation of residents and their pets while assisting with community stabilization and mental and emotional care of displaced residents in need.       

Participating Prince George’s County agencies include: the Office of the County Executive’s Communications Office, Office of Homeland Security/Emergency Management, Department of Public Works and Transportation, Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement, Department of the Environment , Fire/EMS Department, Department of Social Services, Department of Family Services, Office of the Sheriff, Public Schools, Department of Corrections, Office of Law, Office of Community Relations, Office of Finance, Office of Central Services, and Public Safety Communications.

Participating non-governmental organizations include the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Agency, Islamic Relief USA and the American Red Cross.

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