HSEMA provides a number of publications to ensure that preparedness and planning for the general public in the District is clearly communicated.
The publications below are available in English.
Emergencies can occur quickly and without warning. The best way to keep yourself and your family safe is to be prepared before an emergency strikes. This publication can be found in other languages: Amharic, French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese.
District Preparedness System
The District Preparedness System includes three levels of planning documents: strategic, operational, and tactical. These high-level documents will provide a general roadmap for the creation and implementation of the larger plan, including outlining the District Government’s legal and organizational resources when responding to and preparing for disasters.
HSEMA Disaster Preparedness, Prevention and First Aid Manual containing detailed information for the public on what to do in a disaster situation.
The District of Columbia Government, through the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA), will implement the District Heat Emergency Plan when the temperature or heat index reaches 95º.
The information included in this document identifies potential indicators of terrorist activity, common vulnerabilities of commercial facilities, potential protective measures, and useful references.
There may be times when you and your family may need to “shelter-in-place” meaning you stay put wherever you are (home, school, work, or car) until hazardous weather passes or the area is safe. This is a precaution aimed to keep you protected while remaining indoors.