Washington, DC has a long history of successfully hosting the peaceful transition of power between Presidential Administrations and other major National Special Security Events in our nation’s capital. Since April, we have been working with our federal, state, and local partners on security and contingency planning to ensure all who chose to come to the Nation’s Capital for the Inauguration or surrounding events can have a safe, peaceful, and enjoyable experience.
As District residents, you know that large National Special Security Events, such as the Inauguration, impact our city. The key is planning ahead. There are three ways you can receive up-to-the-minute updates on Inauguration – the official District website, Twitter and AlertDC.
•Website: Visit inauguration.dc.gov for specific details on the Inaugural schedule, road closures, prohibited items, affected city services and transportation options. This site is updated daily, so check back frequently.
•Social Media: Follow us on Twitter at @Inaug2017 and use the hashtag #inaug2017.
•Notifications: AlertDC is the official District of Columbia communications system that sends emergency alerts, notifications, and updates to your devices. This system enables the District to provide you with critical information in situations such as traffic conditions, government closures, public safety incidents and severe weather. Sign up today at: hsema.dc.gov/page/alertdc
Finally, on Sunday, January 15, at approximately 3:00 p.m., the District is testing its Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system. Individuals with cell phones or other enabled mobile devices near and around the National Mall will receive the following message: “This is a test of the District of Columbia Emergency Alert System. No action is required.” The alert will trigger a loud audible noise to project from cell phones and enabled mobile devices. WEA messages appear like text messages and are not affected by network congestion; most notably, these alerts do not disrupt texts, calls or data sessions already in progress. Customers do not pay to receive a WEA alert.
We appreciate your flexibility next week and most importantly, your hospitality and generosity to our visitors in showcasing what makes DC great.
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