Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate remind us that our community must be prepared to manage a full range of natural and manmade disasters, including hurricanes, terrorist attacks and power outages.

Next Tuesday evening, our association will present a public program about being prepared for and responding to disasters. Community outreach specialist Kim McCall of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency will speak about the types of disasters for which District residents should be prepared; evacuation routes when leaving the city; creating a safe room while you are sheltering in place; the Community Emergency Response Team; and Serve DC, a volunteerism agency that helps ensure that all areas in the District are prepared for emergencies.

Our Neighborhood Watch Program director Samantha Nolan will offer guidance about preparing a “To-Go Kit,” fire safety, and how to turn off your home’s gas and water supply. Lt. Carlos Mejia of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Emergency Response Team will be on hand to discuss how police respond to emergencies.

At last month’s 2nd District Police Awards Banquet, Chief Peter Newsham praised 10 D.C. officers who traveled to Puerto Rico to assist in response to the effects of Hurricane Maria. At our meeting, the police will provide more information about these efforts.

Please join us at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a reminder that our association and Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3/4G (Chevy Chase) are conducting a public survey on the future of the community center, which is scheduled to be renovated in the coming years. Please visit and spend 10 minutes completing the survey. It will help form the basis of our recommendations to D.C. officials.

At its Oct. 23 public meeting, ANC 3/4G will talk with officials with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation about the plan to close the center an hour earlier on weekday evenings. ANC 3/4G, our association and others are opposed. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

— Ted Gest