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Friday, July 19, 2013

Mandatory Water Restrictions Lifted

Mandatory Water Restrictions Lifted
in Southern Prince George’s County
54-Inch Main is Back in Service,
Quality Tests Show Water is Safe to Drink
 
 
Contact: Jim Neustadt
jneusta@wsscwater.com
(301) 943-1237
Jerry Irvine
jirvine@wsscwater.com
(240) 461-8680  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Laurel– July 19, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is lifting mandatory water restrictions for previously affected portions of southern Prince George’s County, effective immediately. The section of 54-inch water main in Forestville has been repaired and returned to service. Water quality tests returned from the lab this evening showing the water flowing through this pipe meets EPA standards.
 
Repairs to the 54-inch transmission main, which began in the early morning hours of Tuesday, July 16, progressed smoothly with little-to-no complications. This fact, coupled with our customer’s adherence to calls for conserving water, enabled WSSC to return the 54-inch main to service at the early end of our timeline estimates.
 
“First and foremost we want to thank our residential and business customers for their incredible patience throughout this evolving situation," said WSSC GM/CEO Jerry N. Johnson. “We are fully aware this was an extremely difficult week to be confronted with both water restrictions and a heat wave. We are heartened that the response to our calls for conservation were taken so seriously. Customers used less water, and that took a significant strain off of our system while repairs were carried out.”
 
“I want to extend a special thank you to everyone involved in making the repair to this pipe happen under some incredibly difficult logistical and weather-related circumstances,” continued Johnson. “We are very proud of the dedication and commitment to our customers exhibited by our workers this week.”
 
“I’d also like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of the officials from Prince George’s County, the State of Maryland, and our neighbors in Howard and Harford counties who provided tremendous support and cooperation as we worked to resolve this issue,” stated Johnson. “While we were able to avert a major crisis, all parties mobilized resources and coordinated efforts in a timely and efficient manner.”
 
As reported earlier this week, a small team of workers—facing extremely long odds—were able to perform an operation to temporarily repair a “frozen” valve, allowing WSSC to divert water to its customers throughout the repair of the 54-inch pipe. Closing this previously stuck valve meant no customers in the affected area were ever without water service. WSSC’s Acoustic Fiber Optic early warning system signaled an imminent failure of this pipe last weekend, requiring the emergency repair.
 

Mandatory Water Restrictions Continue

***5:30 PM Update***
Repairs on 54” Pipe Move into Final Phase
Mandatory Water Restrictions Continue
 
 
Contact: Jerry Irvine
jirvine@wsscwater.com
301-206-8100 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-206-8100 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Laurel– July 18, 2013:  Repairs on the 54-inch pipe in Forestville are moving into their final, crucial stage. Acoustic Fiber Optic cable, a key technological tool used to monitor the integrity of our pipes, is now installed in the new pipe. The pipe is fully sealed and is now being flushed to fully cleanse this section and test the integrity of the pipe. A water sample will then be taken to confirm water quality.  If test results confirm the required water quality level, we hope to put the pipe back into service this weekend.
 
WSSC has been able to repair the failing pipe with no disruption in service to customers. Dedicated workers were able to perform a long-shot operation to fix a “frozen” valve, allowing WSSC to divert water to its customers throughout the repair process. Earlier today a press conference highlighted these dedicated technicians, and they answered questions about their feat and demonstrated the process of “turning a valve.”  Pictures of this work are available on our Facebook page
 
It is important to note that mandatory water restrictions remain in effect. The restrictions are mandatory to preserve firefighting capabilities and to ensure a continuous supply in the system. To find out if you are in the affected area, please visit our online interactive map.
 
 
Until repairs are complete, it is imperative that all business and residential customers restrict their water use. The less water that is used, the longer it will be available for critical functions to customers in this affected area.
 
Customers need to: 
 
  • Stop all outside water use – no watering lawns, shrubs, flowers; no washing cars, no topping off swimming pools
  • Use water only as necessary – i.e., shorter showers and turn off faucets after washing hands
  • Limit flushing toilets (do not flush after every use)
  • Postpone using washing machines and dishwashers
These mandatory water restrictions apply to WSSC customers, commercial and residential, in the affected area of Prince George’s counties.
 
WSSC will provide updates through the local media, social media and at www.wsscwater.com until mandatory restrictions are no longer necessary.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

RECEPTION CENTERS AVAILABLE

***8 p.m. Update***
Positive Developments in Effort to Repair 54” Pipe
Water Restrictions Continue as Repair Moves Forward,
System Under Stress with Water Diverted to Smaller Pipes
 
 
Contact: Jerry Irvine
jirvine@wsscwater.com
301-206-8100 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-206-8100 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Laurel– July 17, 2013:  Repairs on the 54-inch pipe in Forestville continue to move forward without complications. Earlier today work crews installed “trench box” surrounding the failing pipe and then began cutting out the weakened section. This cutting will continue for hours and then the replacement pipe will need to be fitted into place. Once repairs to the pipe are completed it will take several more days for the work to conclude.
 
As reported earlier today, a water emergency in southern Prince George’s County was averted when dedicated WSSC workers “unfroze” and closed a key valve near the failing pipe.  Positive developments regarding the repairs, coupled with news of ongoing conservation efforts, means WSSC will be able to repair the failing pipe with no disruption in service to customers.
 
However, mandatory water restrictions remain in effect. “If we continue to conserve, I am confident the system will remain full while we complete repairs,” said Jerry N. Johnson, WSSC General Manager/CEO earlier today. “I want to thank our customers who have done a terrific job of conserving, Prince George’s County officials for their efforts, and to thank our employees who wouldn’t give up on a troublesome valve.”
 
The restrictions are mandatory to preserve firefighting capabilities and to ensure a continuous supply in the system. To find out if you are in the affected area, please visit our online interactive map.
 
Until repairs are complete, it is imperative that all business and residential customers restrict their water use. The less water that is used, the longer it will be available for critical functions to customers in this affected area.
 
 
Customers need to: 
 
  • Stop all outside water use – no watering lawns, shrubs, flowers; no washing cars, no topping off swimming pools
  • Use water only as necessary – i.e., shorter showers and turn off faucets after washing hands
  • Limit flushing toilets (do not flush after every use)
  • Postpone using washing machines and dishwashers
     
 
 
These mandatory water restrictions apply to WSSC customers, commercial and residential, in the affected area of Prince George’s counties.
 
WSSC will provide updates through the local media, social media and at www.wsscwater.com until mandatory restrictions are no longer necessary.
 
Reception Centers
 
Reception Centers are designed to provide residents with a place where they can take showers, clean-up, get water and cool off. Reception Centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Bottled water will be available at the reception centers.
 
Stephen Decatur Middle School 8200 Pinewood Drive
Clinton, MD 20735
 
Friendly High School10000 Allentown Road
Fort Washington, MD 20744
 
Shelters

Shelters are designed for residents who have been displaced and require overnight accommodations. Shelter locations have been identified and will be opened as needed. The first shelter to open will be at:
 
Wise High School 12650 Brooke Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
#311
For those who are trying to reach Emergency Services #311, the first recording is that those who are impacted by the water restrictions in southern Prince George’s County as WSSC customer can hit Option #4.
 
There is a limit of 2 gallons per person.
 
Hours are noon to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and from 8 am to 9 p.m. on the following days until the outage is over.
 
  • Hillcrest Heights Elementary4305 22nd Place
    Hillcrest Heights, Md. 20748
     
  • Thurgood Marshall Middle School4909 Brinkley Rd.
    Temple Hills, Md. 20748
     
  • Oxon Hill Elementary School7701 Livingston Rd.
    Oxon Hill, Md. 20745

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

Mount Rainier South Pocket Park located on 37th street, our newest park, will be dedicated and OFFICIALLY opened on July 26 at 1:30pm! Mark your calendars! Come out and BRING the children. I would love to see you there -- that means I am hoping for a REALLY GOOD TURN OUT. There will be refreshments.

Water will NOT be CUT-OFF in Southern Prince George's County

Water Emergency Averted 
But Mandatory Water Restrictions Must Continue
 
 
Contact: I.J. Hudson
ihudson@wsscwater.com
301-206-8100 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-206-8100 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Laurel– July 17, 2013:  The water emergency in southern Prince George’s County has been averted. Late last night, dedicated WSSC workers “unfroze” and closed a key valve near the failing pipe.  This greatly reduced the amount of pipeline that had to be shut down to make repairs to the failing 54-inch Forestville pipe.  This means if customers continue to conserve, WSSC will be able to repair the failing pipe with no disruption in service.
 
“If we continue to conserve, I am confident the system will remain full while we complete repairs,” said Jerry N. Johnson, WSSC General Manager/CEO. “I want to thank our customers who have done a terrific job of conserving, Prince George’s County officials for their efforts, and to thank our employees who wouldn’t give up on a troublesome valve.”
 
Earlier efforts to close this valve failed, forcing WSSC to move to another valve much farther away, creating the potential for a large water outage in portions Prince George’s County. The hard work of our crews headed off the emergency.
After the valve was closed successfully, we proceeded to isolate the pipe and began repairs this morning.  We anticipate the pipe will be back in service in two or three days if nothing unexpected happens - with no disruption in service to customers
 
WSSC appreciates the patience of its customers and the assistance of Prince George’s County officials during this difficult period.

Local Declaration of Emergency Declared

Good morning. In order to reach as many people as possible, the County Executive, Rushern Baker asked that we share information on the south county water restrictions, as well as sources for cooling centers, water distribution and relief centers for affected residents.

 For Immediate Release:
July 16, 2013

For Information Contact:
Scott L. Peterson
Public Information Officer
Prince George�s County Office of Emergency Management
(240) 619-9400 (for media only)
(301) 583-1950 (for Emergency Operations Center)

Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Begins Water Restrictions in Southern Prince George�s County

Landover Hills, MD: This evening beginning at 9:00 p.m., the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) began a mandatory water restriction to areas of Southern Prince George�s County that are impacted by a 54-inch concrete pipeline that appears to be failing.  Under the mandatory water restriction residents are advised to utilize water only when necessary such as short showers, turning off faucets after washing hands, limit flushing toilets, and postponing using washing machines and dishwashers.  According to WSSC, eventually the impacted area will run out of water and residents need to utilize bottled and/or previously stored water.   Additionally, Prince George�s County has announced a �Local Declaration of Emergency� due to this crisis.
Some of the communities likely to be affected include Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Camp Springs, Forest Heights, Temple Hills, and Oxon Hill, including Joint Base Andrews and the National Harbor.  Please check this interactive map<http://gisweb.wsscwater.com/waterrestrictions/> to see if you are in the affected area.  Residents may be without water for several days while repairs are made.  Prince George�s County Office of Emergency Management opened the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 11:00 p.m. yesterday evening to monitor the situation and begin preparation for the water shortage.  Earlier this afternoon, Prince George�s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, Council Members Obie Patterson (D-District 8), Council Member Karen Toles, (D-District 7) Prince George�s County Office of Emergency Management conducted a press conference regarding the water shortage and announced that the County will be opening �reception centers,� where residents will be able to use shower facilities as well as cooling centers, and a shelter.

Residents with any questions are encouraged to call WSSC�s 24-hour Call Center at 301-206-4002.   Prince George�s County�s 3-1-1 Call Center is extending its hours during this crisis and will be open from 7:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. Residents should NOT call 9-1-1, unless it is a medical emergency.

Residents in the impacted areas are encouraged to heed the following tips;

�         Store 1-2 gallons of safe water per person per day.

�         �Safe� is tap water stored in airtight, clean, food-grade plastic containers or store bought bottled water.

�         Store 1-2 gallons of purchased distilled water for any individuals with chronic health problems including weakened immune systems.

�         Do not store drinking water in glass or used milk containers.

�         Remember to store water for your pets to drink.

�         Use water in your hot-water tank and ice cubes.

�         Water stored in a bath tub or swimming pool can be used to flush toilets.

�         Remember most people in the area are NOT affected.  So contact relatives and friends and ask for their assistance if needed.

WSSC is providing water to residents in the affected areas and the County has set-up three distribution points in the affected areas.  Residents will be limited to 2 gallons per person.
The distribution points will open from 12:00 noon  -  9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17 and from 8:00 a.m.9:00 p.m. until the water outage is over.  Residents must bring their own containers.

Hillcrest Heights Elementary
4305 22nd Place
Hillcrest Heights, MD  20748

Thurgood Marshall Middle School
4909 Brinkley Road
Temple Hills, MD  20748

Oxon Hill Elementary School
7701 Livingston Road
Oxon Hill, MD  20745

In addition to water distribution, the County will open the following centers to assist residents during the outage:

Reception Centers
Reception Center are designed to provide residents with a place where they can take showers, clean-up, get water and cool off.  Reception Centers will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.  Bottled water will be available at the reception centers.

Stephen Decatur Middle School
8200 Pinewood Drive
Clinton, MD 20735

Friendly High School
10000 Allentown Road
Fort Washington,  MD 20744
Shelters
Shelters are designed for residents who have been displaced and require overnight accommodations. Shelter locations have been identified and will be opened as needed.  The first shelter to open will be at:

Wise High School
12650 Brooke Lane
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Cooling Centers
Cooling Centers are designed so that residents can take a break from the heat for a few hours.

M-NCPPC Cooling Center Locations open to the General Public:
Weekday Hours of Operation (10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.); Weekend Hours of Operation - Residents are encouraged to call the facility to obtain weekend hours or check www.pgparks.com<http://www.pgparks.com/>.


•         Baden Community Center - 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine
                  301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030

•         Beltsville Community Center - 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville

       301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512

•         Bladensburg Community Center  - 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg

301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512; Informaci�n en espa�ol: 301-445-4509

•         Bowie Community Center - 3209  Stonybrook Drive, Bowie
301-464-1737; TTY 301-218-6768

•         Cedar Heights Community Center - 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant
301-773-8881 ; TTY 301-218-6768

•         College Park Community Center - 5051 Pierce Avenue
College Park - 301-441-2647 ; TTY 301-445-4512

•         College Park Youth Services Center  - 4912 Nantucket Road, College Park
301-345-4425 ; TTY 301-445-4512

•         Deerfield Run Community Center - 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road - Laurel
301-953-7882 ; TTY 301-445-4512

•         Glenarden / Theresa Banks Complex - 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden,
301-772-3151 ; TTY 301-218-6768

•         Glenn Dale Community Center - 11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard (Rte. 193)
Glenn Dale - 301-352-8983 ; TTY 301-218-6768

•         Good Luck Community Center  - 8601 Good Luck Road,  Lanham,
301-552-1093 ; TTY 301-445-4512

•         John E. Howard Community Center and Senior Activity Center - 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights
301-735-3340 ; TTY 301-218-6768

•         Kentland Community Center - 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover
301-386-2278 ; TTY 301-445-4512

•         Largo/Perrywood/Kettering Community Center - 431 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro - 301-390-8390 ; TTY 301-218-6768

•         Lake Arbor Community Center - 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville
301-333-6561 ; TTY 301-218-6768

•         Langley Park Community Center - 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville
301-445-4508 ; TTY 301-445-4512

•         Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center � 7120 Contee Road, Laurel � 301-206-3350 ; TTY 301-446-3402

•         North Brentwood Community Center - 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood
301-864-0756 ; TTY 301-445-4512

•         Oakcrest Community Center - 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard,

Capitol Heights - 301-736-5355 ; TTY 301-218-6768

•         Patuxent Community Center - 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro
301-780-7577 ; TTY 301-203-6030

•         Peppermill Village Community Center - 610 Hill Road, Landover
301-350-8410 ; TTY 301-218-6768

•         Prince George's Plaza Community Center - 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
301-864-1611 ; TTY 301-445-4512

•         Rollingcrest/Chillum Community Center - 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum

301-853-2005 ; TTY 301-445-4512

•         Seat Pleasant Activity Center - 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant
301-773-6685 ; TTY 301-218-6768

•         South Bowie Community Center - 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie
301-249-1622 ; TTY 301-218-6768

•         Upper Marlboro Community Center - 5400 Marlboro Race Track Road
Upper Marlboro - 301-627-2828 ; TTY 301-203-6030

•         Vansville Community Center - 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville
301-937-6621 ; TTY 301-445-4512

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Some PGCPS Summer Programs Closed July 17 and 18 in Areas Impacted by Water Outage

Some PGCPS Summer Programs Closed July 17 and 18 in Areas Impacted by Water Outage
 UPPER MARLBORO, MD -- Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has announced that southeastern parts of the county will be under water restrictions or may be without water for the next few days as repairs are made to a concrete water supply line.

Due to the impending water outage, Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) will close the following summer programs on Wednesday, July 17, and Thursday, July 18. To view a complete list of the programs impacted by the closures, click here.
  • Andrew Jackson Academy
  • Benjamin D. Foulois Academy
  • Benjamin Stoddert MS
  • Bradbury Heights ES
  • Concord ES
  • Crossland HS
  • District Heights ES
  • Forest Heights ES
  • Forestville HS
  • Glassmanor ES
  • Imagine Andrews Public Charter
  • Imagine Foundations at Morningside Public Charter
  • Imagine Lincoln Public Charter
  • James Ryder Randall ES
  • Jessie B. Mason Regional
  • Overlook ES
  • Oxon Hill Staff Development Center
  • Panorama ES
  • Potomac HS
  • Princeton ES
  • Samuel Massie Academy
  • Skyline ES
  • Suitland ES
  • Suitland HS
  • William Beanes ES
  • William Hall Academy
The make-up day for ESY and High School Credit Recovery summer programs will be Friday, July 26.

There will be no make-up day for Title I or other summer programs.

Communities likely to be affected by the water shortage include Camp Springs, Forest Heights, Hillcrest Heights, Temple Hills and Oxon Hill, including Joint Base Andrews and the National Harbor. WSSC is encouraging families to stock up on water now to ensure you have an adequate supply before water restrictions go into effect. For more information and to see if your neighborhood will be affected by the water shortage, visit WSSC’s website at www.wsscwater.com.

Mandatory Restrictions in the affected area will begin at 9PM tonight!

WSSC Customers in Southern Prince George’s County Asked to Store Water in Preparation for Water Shutoff
54” PCCP Failing and Needs to be
Taken Out of Service and Repaired
 
 
Contact: I.J. Hudson
ihudson@wsscwater.com
301-206-8100 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-206-8100 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting 
WSSC Emergency Line
301-206-4002
 
Prince George’s
Office of Emergency Management
(301) 583-1950  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Laurel– July 16, 2013:  The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is asking customers in portions of southern Prince George’s County to stock up on water in preparation for an impending water outage. A section of pipe in a vital 54-inch concrete pipeline appears to be failing, and parts of Prince George’s County will be without water for several days while repairs are made.  Mandatory Restrictions in the affected area will begin at 9PM tonight.
 
Once the water is shut off to make repairs, there will still be enough water in the system to provide water for another 12-14 hours.  However, mandatory water restrictions will be in place to preserve fire fighting capabilities and to make the water supply last while repairs are underway. To find out if you are in the affected area, please visit our online interactive map.
 
Timeline for Repairs:
 
  • Mandatory water Restrictions will begin at 9PM tonight
  • WSSC will refill the system to capacity in the area to be affected
  • Once the system is full, WSSC will de-water the pipe to prepare for repairs
  • The affected area should have water for approximately 12-15 hours after the water is shut off.
  • Repairs will be completed and water will be restored within 3-5 days.
     

NOTE: Until repairs are complete, it is imperative that all business and residential customers restrict their water use. The less water that is used, the longer it will be available for critical functions to customers in this affected area.
 
Customers need to:
 
  • Stop all outside water use – no watering lawns, shrubs, flowers; no washing cars, no topping off swimming pools
  • Use water only as necessary – i.e., shorter showers and turn off faucets after washing hands
  • Limit flushing toilets (do not flush after every use)
  • Postpone using washing machines and dishwashers
     

 
These mandatory water restrictions apply to WSSC customers, commercial and residential, in the effected area of Prince George’s counties.
 
WSSC will provide updates through the local media, social media and at www.wsscwater.com until mandatory restrictions are no longer necessary.
 

Portions of Prince George’s County Face Water Shortage -- Residents URGED TO STOCK UP!

WSSC NEWS RELASE
FOR IMMEDIATE REELEASE

Laurel– July 15, 2013:  A section of pipe in a vital 54-inch concrete pipeline appears to be failing, and parts of Prince George’s County may be without water for a few days while repairs are made. As a result WSSC is urging customers to begin stocking up on water immediately.  Prince George’s County Emergency Services will be working with hospitals, nursing homes and others to ensure they have access to water. 

Some of the communities likely to be affected include Morningside, Hillcrest Heights, Camp Springs, Forest Heights, Temple Hills, and Oxon Hill, including Joint Base Andrews and the National Harbor.  Please check our interactive map to see if you are in the affected area. If you’re not sure, just type your address in the search box on the upper left side of the page.
 
WSSC expects to issue mandatory water restrictions for the affected area Tuesday afternoon.  We hope this will buy additional time for residents to stock up on water and allow WSSC to continue filling its system to extend the time we can provide service. 

The pipe is Pre-stressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe (PCCP) and located inside the Beltway between Suitland Parkway and Forestville Road.  Our monitoring system has recorded an increasing number of wire breaks in the pipe.  That’s a signal that this type of pipe is beginning to fail. 

This pipeline is unique in our system in that there is little or no redundancy that could provide water to customers during repairs.  That’s why it’s likely tens of thousands of our customers in Prince George’s County will lose service for a few days.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your patience. 

Please visit our website and Facebook page for conservation information during restrictions.
 
Contact: I.J. Hudson
ihudson@wsscwater.com
301-206-8100 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 301-206-8100 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting 
WSSC Emergency Line
301-206-4002
 
Prince George’s
Office of Emergency Management
(301) 583-1950 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (301) 583-1950

Cooling Places in the County!

Prince George’s County Collaborates with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) by Designating
Park and Planning Recreation Facilities as “Cooling Centers” for County Residents
 
Residents are Reminded to Prepare for Summer Heat
 
Upper Marlboro, MDIn response to extreme summer temperatures this week, Prince George’s County announces a partnership with The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission’s (M-NCPPC) by designating their Department of Parks and Recreation facilities as “Cooling Centers” for County residents. The Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) warns that extreme heat can be dangerous and even deadly, if citizens do not take precautionary measures to protect themselves and their families.
 
“We are encouraging citizens who are in need of relief from the heat to visit their local Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) recreational facility,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III. “These neighborhood facilities have been identified as cooling centers for all County residents.  If a M-NCPPC facility is not available in your community, residents are encouraged to seek relief in other air-conditioned locations such as theatres, shopping malls, grocery stores or one of our 19 public libraries.” 
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with Prince George’s County by designating the use of our community centers as neighborhood cooling centers,” said Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Chairman of M-NCPPC’s Prince George’s County Planning Board.  “Community centers and senior activity centers are conveniently located in neighborhoods, so they are accessible and require little travel time to seek relief from the heat.  I hope that residents who visit these facilities will be able to see the healthy programs and activities provided by the Department of Parks and Recreation while they cool off.”
“As we move into the summer months, it is very important that our residents take the steps necessary to stay safe and prevent heat related illnesses,” said Ronald E. Gill Jr., Director, Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management. “Stay hydrated and drink water often, minimize outdoor activities and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly, and on your pets to ensure that they do not fall victim to the heat.”
 
Permanent M-NCPPC Cooling Center Locations open to the General Public:
Weekday Hours of Operation (10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.); Weekend Hours of Operation - Residents are encouraged to call the facility to obtain weekend hours or check www.pgparks.com.
 
·         Baden Community Center - 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine
                  301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030
·         Beltsville Community Center - 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville
       301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Bladensburg Community Center  - 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg
301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512; InformaciĆ³n en espaƱol: 301-445-4509
·         Bowie Community Center - 3209  Stonybrook Drive, Bowie
·         Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs – 301-449-0490 ; TTY 301-446-3402
·         Cedar Heights Community Center - 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant
301-773-8881; TTY 301-218-6768
·         College Park Community Center - 5051 Pierce Avenue
College Park - 301-441-2647 ; TTY 301-445-4512
·         College Park Youth Services Center  - 4912 Nantucket Road, College Park
301-345-4425; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Deerfield Run Community Center - 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road - Laurel
301-953-7882; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Glassmanor Community Center  - 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill 
301-567-6033; TTY 301-203-6030
·         Glenarden / Theresa Banks Complex - 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden,
301-772-3151; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Glenn Dale Community Center - 11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard (Rte. 193)
Glenn Dale - 301-352-8983 ; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Good Luck Community Center  - 8601 Good Luck Road,  Lanham,
301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Hillcrest Heights Community Center  - 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills
301-505-0897 
·         John E. Howard Community Center and Senior Activity Center - 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights
301-735-3340; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Kentland Community Center - 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover
301-386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Largo/Perrywood/Kettering Community Center - 431 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro - 301-390-8390 ; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Lake Arbor Community Center - 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville
301-333-6561; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Langley Park Community Center - 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville
301-445-4508; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center – 7120 Contee Road, Laurel – 301-206-3350 ; TTY 301-446-3402
·         Marlow Heights Community Center - 2800 St. Clair Drive,  Marlow Heights
301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030
·         North Brentwood Community Center - 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood
301-864-0756; TTY 301-445-4512
·         North Forestville Community Center – 2311 Ritchie Road, Forestville – 301-350-8660
·         Oakcrest Community Center - 1300 Capitol Heights Boulevard,
Capitol Heights - 301-736-5355 ; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Patuxent Community Center - 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro
301-780-7577; TTY 301-203-6030
·         Peppermill Village Community Center - 610 Hill Road, Landover
301-350-8410; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Prince George's Plaza Community Center - 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville
301-864-1611; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Rollingcrest/Chillum Community Center - 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum
301-853-2005; TTY 301-445-4512
·         Seat Pleasant Activity Center - 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant
301-773-6685; TTY 301-218-6768
·         South Bowie Community Center - 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie
301-249-1622; TTY 301-218-6768
·         Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex -
7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington - 301-749-4160 , TTY 301-203-6030
·         Suitland Community Center - 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD
301-736-3518; TTY 301-203-6030
·         Temple Hills Community Center - 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills
301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030
·         Upper Marlboro Community Center - 5400 Marlboro Race Track Road
Upper Marlboro - 301-627-2828 ; TTY 301-203-6030
·         Vansville Community Center - 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville
301-937-6621; TTY 301-445-4512
 
Designated areas in these facilities have been identified to accommodate those seeking relief from the heat. We ask that all residents check in with the Department of Parks and Recreation facility’s front desk upon arrival.
 
Residents may call 3-1-1 to obtain information about cooling center locations in Prince George’s County.  In addition, residents are encouraged to sign up for Notify Me Prince George’s Alerts or by texting 412912. Registered subscribers will receive critical, real-time information on situations ranging from weather- related emergencies to traffic alerts.