Last week, our association hosted a public meeting to raise awareness about keeping safe in case of an emergency. Lt. Carlos Mejia of the Metropolitan Police Department emergency response team advised staying aware of all exits in any building you occupy. He praised the staff at the Comet Ping Pong restaurant on Connecticut Avenue NW for helping patrons safely leave during last December’s shooting incident. The police department monitors social media and law enforcement sources, but it depends on the community as a critical source of information; call 911 with any emergency reports.

Kim McCall of the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency spoke about the Be Ready DC campaign. She urged family members to arrange fire escapes at home and have a family plan to meet and keep in touch in an emergency.

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Samantha Nolan of our association’s Neighborhood Watch program discussed preparing a “to-go kit” in the event you need to evacuate or shelter in place. She suggested storing vital supplies in watertight plastic containers, including important documents like school and immunization records, pet supplies, and three days’ worth of non-perishable food and water.

More advice about emergency preparations can be found at the website or on a site maintained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,

The annual Halloween Spooktacular will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. next Tuesday along the upper Connecticut Avenue business district, with more activities at the Chevy Chase Community Center at Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW.

An order for Chevy Chase, D.C., house plaques will be placed this month. These 8-inch-by-12-inch bronze ovals give the name of the architect or builder. More than 170 plaques appear at homes in our association’s neighborhood. If you are interested, contact Evelyn Wrin at or 202-244-5744, or Jordan Benderly of Historic Chevy Chase DC at or 202-905-4920. The cost is $234.40 plus a small shipping charge.

— Jory Barone and Ted Gest