ALEXANDRIA POLICE INCIDENTS
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2003
GRAND LARCENY AUTO:
1100 blk. of Valley Dr. 09-16/ 11:00 p.m. Stolen: 2003 Yamaha motorcycle, black/silver.
800 blk. of Tennessee Ave. 09-16/ 7:30 p.m. - 09-17/ 7:00 a.m. Stolen: 1995 Suzuki motorcycle, blue/white.
Hurricane Isabel Update
September 17, 2003
Due to approaching Hurricane Isabel and the threat of potentially damaging high winds and torrential rains, the City of Alexandria government offices will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, September 18. This includes the courts, health department, libraries and recreation centers. A decision regarding opening or closing on Friday will be announced tomorrow. For up to date information, check with City website . Announcements will be also be provided to the media for broadcast.
Emergency personnel and crews of City staff will be working throughout the storm. A 24-hour citizen call center is available for calls related to the hurricane and City services. The call center number is 703.838.4800.
Trash WILL be picked up tomorrow, Thursday, but not on Friday.
Enforcement of on-street timed parking restrictions will be lifted after 2 pm on Thursday through 8 am on Saturday. Citizens are encouraged to move vehicles parked in low-lying areas to higher ground.
Preparations are underway to protect the community as much as possible from potential heavy rain and high winds due to approaching Hurricane Isabel. City residents and businesses are urged to take precautions as well.
What the City is doing:
• Operating a 24-hour call center (703.838.4800) to receive all citizen calls regarding the hurricane.
• One of the few jurisdictions in the area providing a limited number of sandbags for City residents and City businesses, with proper I.D.
• Clearing debris from catch basins, roadways and bridges.
• Stationing City public works vehicles at strategic locations throughout the City such as fire stations.
• Operation the City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at noon on Thursday coordinate emergency response teams and later, recovery teams.
• In cooperation with the Red Cross, opening two emergency shelters at noon on Thursday.
Residents in low-lying areas that may be prone to flooding are encouraged to stay with family and friends, but if necessary, they can stay in shelters at Francis Hammond Middle School Cafeteria, 4646 Seminary Road or Mt. Vernon Recreation Center, 2601 Commonwealth Ave.
• Preparing teams to remove trees and debris from public rights-of-way after the hurricane passes.
• Assembling stop signs and barricades for use if traffic lights stop working or flooding occurs.
• Removing or tying down flags, hanging plants and other items around public buildings that can blow down, causing hazards to pedestrians..
• Keeping the public up to date about City preparations and any changes in City programs and services due to stormy weather.
What residents and businesses can do:
• Listen to radio and television weather broadcasts for hurricane updates.
• Check the City website frequently for local updates: www.alexandriava.gov
• Clear eaves, drains and sewer openings around homes and businesses to prevent clogging.
• Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture and other items that could be blown by high winds or become dangerous projectiles.
• Move furniture and other items from basements to upper floors if located in areas of the City subject to sanitary sewer backups.
• Consider moving furniture and other items to upper floors, if located in low lying areas subject to flooding.
• Be prepared to shut off utilities and water if flooding occurs.
• Be prepared to evacuate quickly to higher ground if you live in low-lying areas.
• Remain indoors and stay away from windows and glass doors when heavy rains and winds approach the area.
• Stock up on non-perishable food and bottled water
• Bring pets inside, provide food and water (shelters do not allow pets).
• Maintain supply of fresh batteries for radio and flashlights.
• Do NOT use candles under any circumstances.
• Use the telephone only for emergencies.
For additional information about emergency preparation, review the "Guide to Emergency Preparedness" available on the City website