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  • Metro has unveiled new safety preparedness videos to show riders what they should do in the event of an emergency involving smoke or fire on a train or in a station.

    The 60-second videos, available in English and Spanish, will be aired on local television stations as Public Service Announcements. In addition, Metro has purchased paid advertising time to maximize awareness. The ads will begin airing next week.

    "We encourage all of our customers to take a moment to review the new video," said Metro Interim General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Jack Requa. "We will continue to take steps to improve safety and emergency preparedness for our riders in the weeks and months ahead."

    The English-version video features Metro Transit Police Detective Erin Cooper. In the wake of the January 12 incident, customers indicated that they wanted additional information about what to do in an emergency and that they trust Metro Transit Police to deliver that message.

    The three-minute version (as seen below), intended for online presentation on wmata.com and social media, features an introduction from MTPD Chief Ron Pavlik and Prince George's County Fire & Rescue Chief Marc Bashoor. He also serves as the chair of the Council of Governments Fire Chiefs Committee.

    Among the topics covered in the video:

    • - When and how to evacuate
    • - Third-rail familiarization and safety guidance
    • - How to use on-board intercoms
    • - Location and use of emergency exits
    • - Location of emergency signage

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  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2015 Individual and Community Preparedness Awards is open.

     

    The awards highlight innovative local practices and achievements by recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions toward making their communities safer, stronger, better prepared and more resilient.

     

    Emergency management is most effective when the whole community is engaged and involved. Faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies, the private sector, tribal organizations, youth, older adults, people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, and all individual citizens can make a difference in their communities before, during, and after disasters.

     

    FEMA will review all entries and select the finalists. A distinguished panel of representatives from the emergency management community will then select winners in each of the following categories:

    • • Outstanding Citizen Corps Council
    • • Community Preparedness Heroes
    • • Awareness to Action
    • • Technological Innovation
    • • Outstanding Achievement in Youth Preparedness
    • • Preparing the Whole Community
    • • Outstanding Community Emergency Response Team Initiatives
    • • Outstanding Citizen Corps Partner Program
    • • Excellence in Volunteer Sustainability

    Winners will be announced in the fall of 2015 and will be FEMA’s honored guests at a community preparedness roundtable event. The winner of the Preparing the Whole Community category will receive the John D. Solomon Whole Community Preparedness Award. These awards are an opportunity to acknowledge the work an individual or organization has done to build a more resilient nation. More information about the awards is available at www.ready.gov/citizen-corps/citizen-corps-awards.

     

    To be considered for this year’s awards, all submissions must be received by April 10, at 11:59 P.M. EST and must feature program activities taking place between January 1, 2014, and April 10, 2015. Applications should be submitted to citizencorps@fema.dhs.gov.

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    About the National Capital Region
    The National Capital Region (NCR) is a collection of sovereign jurisdictions, including cities, counties, states and the District of Columbia. This website and the efforts of the region's communicators and public information officers will focus on regional collaboration between the region's homeland security partners to achieve a safe and secure National Capital Region.

Metro Safety Preparedness Videos

Metro has released several new safety preparedness videos to show riders what they should do in the event of an emergency involving smoke or fire on a train or in a station. Among the topics covered are when and how to evacuate, how to use on-board intercoms, the location and use of emergency exits and the location of emergency signage. The video also covers third-rail safety guidance. Learn more >>>

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The National Capital Region (NCR) is a collection of sovereign jurisdictions, including cities, counties, states and the District of Columbia. This website and the efforts of the region's communicators and public information officers will focus on regional collaboration between the region's homeland security partners to achieve a safe and secure National Capital Region. Below are the jurisdictions that comprise the National Capital Region:


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