Sunday, January 25, 2009

Homeland Security USA

If you have been so focused on inauguration the past few weeks, you may have missed ABC's newest show,

Is this show any different from something you would see on TruTV?

Should the shows on TruTV be allowed, as it may "give anybody any ideas" as steford said on one of the message boards? Could the same not be said for video games, cable tv, and movies?

While the quality of the show is not what one may expect from a major network, the content provides a public understanding of a "day in the life" of someone working at DHS.

After all, it is about Neighbors Helping Neighbors. And Homeland Security USA helps us understand the jobs are neighbors in our community are doing to help protect us.

Please note, Homeland Security USA should not be consfused with D.H.S. The Series.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Every Active Volunteer Has A Reason

In December 1992, Andrew Levy’s parents were called by the doctors at Strong Memorial Hospital and told he had less than 3 hours to live. It was a 6 hour drive for them to get to Rochester, NY.

After several tests, he was hospitalized as the result of Guillain-Barré (GBS), an illness that impacts the peripheral nervous system. He was paralyzed for several months, confined to a wheelchair. Once he regained control of his muscle and nerve systems, he needed to relearn how to walk.

Today, fully recovered, Mr. Levy continues his commitment to volunteer work in a major way. In addition to his career as a certified senior managing consultant with IBM’s U.S. Federal Office of the CTO, he gives his time to numerous community organizations and through an IBM program called On Demand Community.

He actively volunteers with Engineering Week, Take Your Child To Work Day, Mentoring, MentorNet, Powerup, Earth Day, TryScience, College and Accessibility Ambassador, Online Safety, Emergency Preparedness and Response. He was also a part of IBM’s initial teams selected for the Corporate Service Corps, volunteering this summer in Davao City, Philippines.

When Mr. Levy was diagnosed with GBS, the American Red Cross used plasmapheresis to get him on the path to recovery. As he says, “The Red Cross saved my life”. Since then, he became very active in volunteer work, including emergency response, but surprisingly not with the local Red Cross chapter in Northern Virginia.

But this is really only the beginning of the story. What seems like a few years ago, Mr. Levy was volunteering at an American Red Cross of the National Capital Area Save a Life Event, representing other volunteer community response groups. An executive from the Red Cross came over to the volunteers to thank the volunteers. Then she turned to him with such excitement for the partner agencies for being there and asked, why do you volunteer. He explained the story about GBS and how Red Cross played a major role. The tone of the conversation quickly changed and became very emotional. It turns out that this person’s brother currently had GBS and was challenged to find doctors, support network, information, and just someone to talk to, who has been through it. Giving a new friend a hug goes a long way. Is this a case of being in the right place at the right time? Or just something that is core to all Red Cross volunteers, their values.

American Red Cross Values
  • Humanitarianism:
    We exist in order to serve others in need, independently and without discrimination, providing relief for victims of disasters and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
  • Stewardship:
    We act responsibly, effectively and efficiently with resources entrusted to us, always seeking to improve.
  • Helping Others:
    We are attentive and responsible to those who we serve, always listening to their needs and looking for ways to serve through existing or new initiatives.
  • Respect:
    We acknowledge, respect and support the rights and diversity of each person in our organization and in the communities we serve.
  • Voluntary Spirit:
    We, as a family of donors, volunteers and staff, search for ways to provide hope to those we serve while demonstrating compassion, generosity and appreciation.
  • Continuous Learning:
    We seek, collectively and individually, to identify, obtain and maintain competencies and the awareness required for exceptional service.
  • Integrity:
    We act with honesty, demonstrate courage and accountability under pressure and openly share ideas and information with each other.

It was because of her that Mr. Levy became a Red Cross Volunteer. While she says that he made a difference, helping her through this, she has clearly made a difference in his life. As, it is not what you receive, but the value and help you are able to give to others.

With the Presidential Inauguration and Martin Luther King Day of Community Service in the United States, this marked another major moment in Mr. Levy’s life. During this momentous time in our nation's history, Mr. Levy has reached the President's Call To Service of 4,000 hours, while volunteering this week with the American Red Cross, during MLK Day and Inauguration.

Everybody has a reason why they volunteer. At Neighbors Helping Neighbors, we would like to salute all the American Red Cross volunteers and all volunteers around the world. And give hope to those who are going through some tough times.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

4,000 Hours Marked On Special Day In Nation's History

"In his 2002 State of the Union address, President George W. Bush issued a challenge to all Americans to make time to help their neighbors, communities, and Nation through service. He called on each person to dedicate at least 4,000 hours – or two years – to service over the course of their lives. He created the USA Freedom Corps to help all Americans answer his call to service and help foster a culture of service, citizenship, and responsibility. "

This week, as we celebrate MLK Day National Call to Service and today with the inauguration of a new president, Neighbors Helping Neighbors would like to also congratulate Andrew Levy.

During this momentous time in our nation's history, he has reached the President's Call To Service of 4,000 hours, while volunteering during MLK Day and Inauguration.

Picture above being congratulated by American Red Cross' Celebrity Cabinet Member Leeza Gibbons (also from Entertainment Tonight and Leeza), in the Regional Disaster Coordination Center.

To get involved in community service and additional information on the President's Call To Service, please visit:

And to volunteer with the American Red Cross, please visit:

Monday, January 19, 2009

CapWin Not New To Inauguration

CapWIN plays a key role in interagency communication during inaugurations.

"IBM’s Capital Wireless Integrated Network (CapWIN) went online in June (2005). Housed at the University of Maryland s Center for Advanced Transportation Technology, it wirelessly transmits instant messaging, secure e-mail and images to as many as 10,000 users on their personal digital assistants or wireless notebook PCs. Meanwhile, Flarion’s 700 MHz broadband wireless trial in Washington DC sends voice, data and video from the field. Public Service WiFi Roaming is not an impossible dream. It’s reality."


To learn more about CapWin, request additional information.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Red Cross Regional Disaster Coordination Center (RDCC) Open House

The following message was released on Facebook. Please consider joining us for this open house to see the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area RDCC in action for inauguration.

"American Red Cross' Celebrity Cabinet Member Leeza Gibbons Visits National Capital Area

American Red Cross of the National Capital Area welcomes American Red Cross’ Celebrity Cabinet member Leeza Gibbons to the Chapter Headquarters’ Regional Disaster Coordination Center (RDCC) on Monday, January 19, 2009 between 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Please RSVP by sending an email to (Subject “RSVP”) by 10 a.m. Sunday, January 18, 2009.

For more information, go to our Events page or click on this link:"

MSN Public Service Announcement - Renew America Together and Be The Change

It is not too late to volunteer for the National Day of Service!

"Editor's note: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, MSN is running a public service announcement for Why is it running in this space, where we normally highlight interesting popular searches? is all about searching for ways to help others out.

What's below was written by MSN staff.

Martin Luther King Jr. paid the steepest price in his service to his country. And his personal sacrifice in order to improve conditions for the less fortunate continues to inspire. On this MLK holiday weekend, one Web site in particular is asking you to get involved. is a nonprofit Web site from some of the people behind Barack Obama's wildly successfully campaign site. It calls for visitors to "renew America together." How? The premise is simple. It connects people to events and vice versa. A public service match-up, if you will.
They're asking people to volunteer during the holiday weekend -- and beyond.

The site makes it a snap to search for and find local volunteer opportunities as well as post a call for others to help with an event you're hosting. As of Jan. 14, more than 8,500 events have been registered on the site.

How can you get involved? It all starts here."


Additional information can be found on:

Who's Got You Covered During Inauguration?

Company will provide insulating blankets for Inaugural Parade participants.

Additional details can be found at:

Saturday, January 17, 2009

What to Know If You Go to Lincoln Memorial Concert

"Turnout for "We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" will be comparable to the city's July 4 fireworks show, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said."

For the complete "411 on the Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" please visit the following news report:

5 hours in advance. "Gates open at 9:30 a.m., and the program begins at 2:30 p.m. The concert is free to the public"

Guests and performers include:

Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Ashley Judd, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Laura Linney, Kal Penn, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Tiger Woods, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Master Sgt. Caleb Green of the U.S. Army, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Bettye LaVette, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2, Usher,, Stevie Wonder

One Stop Source For Local Traffic Reports?

Virginia Traffic Information Resources
For up-to-date information on Virginia traffic conditions, motorists are encouraged to:
  • Call 511 on a cell phone or land line
  • Log onto
  • Tune to 1620 AM, in the Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia regions, for the Virginia Highway Advisory Radio.

American Red Cross of the National Capital Area Prepares Volunteers Deploying Into the National Mall Area

Readers and Contributors of Neighbors Helping Neighbors deployed by American Red Cross for Presidental Inauguration.

"Fairfax, Va. (Jan. 16, 2009) – American Red Cross of the National Capital Area prepares volunteers from all Red Cross chapters in the region – assigned to work in the National Mall area – to check-in on Mon., Jan. 19 beginning at 7 a.m. and deploying into Washington, DC on buses from the Montgomery and Fairfax County offices by 8 p.m.

A majority of the check-ins will take place at the Montgomery County office, 2020 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Md. Contact Red Cross Public Affairs Lead, Kim Covington (202-437-7348 or for media assistance.

Volunteers will also be checking in at the Fairfax County office, 8550 Arlington Boulevard, Fairfax, Va. Contact Red Cross Public Affairs Lead, Kathy Thompson (240-375-9020 or for media assistance.

Many Red Cross volunteers have other assignments in locations throughout the region and will be checking in at the above offices throughout the day.

Red Cross Public Affairs Lead, Ryan Kaltenbaugh (703-609-7751 or, will be on the scene working with Red Cross volunteers in the National Mall area.

More than 300 trained Red Cross volunteers will be on-hand and placed throughout the Washington, DC area providing assistance to local, state and federal authorities who are planning and coordinating the inaugural events.

Red Cross workers will be at mobile command posts working alongside DC government's command post on the National Mall. Red Cross is deploying over 30 two-person Red Cross Community Outreach "Go Teams" to provide public safety assistance throughout the National Mall area. Go Teams are trained in CPR and First Aid, and will communicate with first responders regarding assistance needed for those who may fall ill, become injured, people
who are negatively impacted by the cold temperature, and assist in locating aid stations. Go Teams will also assist with connecting lost persons by contacting local law enforcement to help locate families.

Red Cross inaugural services throughout the National Capital Region also include: mobile canteens with volunteers serving meals, snacks and drinks to fire and rescue workers, law enforcement and other first responders; volunteers stationed at the RFK Stadium Reception Center ready to provide assistance; a dozen Red Cross Liaison Officers located in Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) throughout the region; and also managing Red Cross Emergency
Response Vehicles (ERV) and three Red Cross Mobile Command Vehicles (MCV) positioned throughout the region.

During the inaugural events, the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area is leading the Red Cross efforts and is partnering with American Red Cross National Headquarters in assisting local, state, federal agencies and other organizations in this large-scale event.

For the Presidential Inauguration activities, the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area is leading and coordinating the involvement of the four other Red Cross chapters in the National Capital Region. The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area serves as the Regional Chapter for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, which consists of five Red Cross chapters in Alexandria, Arlington County, Loudoun County, Prince William and the National Capital Area, which includes District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Prince George’s
County and cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.

For more information, contact Public Affairs at the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area’s Regional Disaster Coordination Center (RDCC) Phone: 703-584-8775 Fax: 703-573-8587
Email: Web:
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American Red Cross of The National Capital Area Assists With The 2009 56th Presidential Inauguration

The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area has a very unique role in this community and country in that we partner with government agencies, non-profit partners and private organizations in supporting major events such as the inauguration. The DC Government requested the Red Cross' assistance to serve in a public safety capacity for the 2009 56th Presidential Inauguration. The Red Cross does not endorse political parties or candidates, however we maintain our mission in helping people regardless of their political, religious or cultural background. American Red Cross has a long-standing history partnering with public safety officials during large-scale events, and has been supporting presidential inaugurations since 1909.

For the Presidential Inauguration activities, the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area is leading and coordinating the involvement of the four other Red Cross chapters in the National Capital Region.

The American Red Cross of the National Capital Area serves as the Regional Chapter for the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region, which consists of five Red Cross chapters in Alexandria, Arlington County, Loudoun County, Prince William and the National Capital Area, which includes District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Prince George's County and cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.

Visit our website for the latest news, visitor resources and learn more about how the American Red Cross in the National Capital Region is assisting with the 2009 56th Presidential Inauguration:

Friday, January 16, 2009

Are you Web 2.0 Ready? is!

You may have noticed a new "Homeland Security - I Am Ready" widget on the left frame of this blog. Besides the ability to add this to a blog, there are many of Web 2.0 technologies

"Ready Launches Social Media Tools to Encourage Preparedness
Fri, 16 Jan 2009 06:00:00 -0600

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Ready Campaign, in partnership with The Advertising Council, introduced a series of new social media tools on January 16, 2009 to further engage Americans in taking steps to prepare for emergencies."

The complete press release can be found at:

We have noticed that a portion of the widget is cut off, and we have contacted to make them aware and to provide assistance in correcting this.

Northern Virginia - State of local emergency effective Jan. 17-21, 2009

The following local state of emergency starts tomorrow:

"Northern Virginia Regional Commission
January 15, 2009, 5:10 p.m.
In Preparation for Inauguration

Northern Virginia Local Governments Issue Pre-Emptive Emergency Declarations

Consistent with the actions of Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine regarding preparations for th e presidential inauguration, the Northern Virginia local governments agreed today that each will declare a state of local emergency effective Jan. 17-21, 2009. The declarations will allow these governments to more easily get the resources needed to respond and recover from any potential emergencies related to the 56th presidential inauguration.

This action will allow the jurisdictions to be eligible for reimbursement for expenses of the presidential inauguration, which will bring an extraordinary number of people through Northern Virginia.

These unique circumstances, which have already resulted in an unprecedented requirement for inter-agency and inter-governmental coordination, warrant coordinated local government action to prevent or alleviate the threat of injury and harm to the public and damage or loss of property. Northern Virginia local governments have a long history of working cooperatively to prepare for disasters collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries, bringing together elected officials, chief administrative officers, emergency management, law enforcement, fire and public health personnel.

Northern Virginia encompasses the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Manassas and Manassas Park and the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford.

For more information, contact Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs, Fairfax County, at 703-324-3189."


Is the A in Arlington for Amazing? Help Where You Need It

Arlington, Virginia Government has an extensive website with resources to help you through challenges related to inauguration.

"Arlington is proud to be a part of this historic moment for our nation – and is focused on ensuring as many people as possible can get to Inaugural events safely."

The website can be found at:

Thank you to Volunteer Arlington for providing this information.

Some of the resources on the website include:

NEW! Print-and-go guides on how to get from your neighborhood to Inaugural events

And may more resources.

If you are living, staying, working, or in/around the Arlington area, it is essential you become aware of these valuable recourses.

211 Get Connected. Get Answers.

Are you in town for inauguration but need information about the city? Include 211 VIRGINIA as part of your plan.

"2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number connecting people with free information on available community services. When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia.

2-1-1 VIRGINIA is a service of the Virginia Department of Social Services provided in partnership with the Council of Community Services, the Family Resource and Referral Center, CrisisLink, The Planning Council, the United Way of Central Virginia, and the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg."

However, we discovered that some phones in Northern Virginia are getting messages to check the number "211" and please dial again.

After contacting 2-1-1 VIRGINIA through email, they provided the follow-up backup numbers that will work throughout the region. They are working to correct the problem.

Program Type 211 Centers, Information & Referral
Intake (703)752-5254
Toll Free (800)230-6977
Fax (703)516-6767
Web site

Not Sure How Cold It Really Is?

If you are not sure how cold it really is and how often we get these temperatures and wind chills in the Washington DC area, checkout this news story.

Coldest Day in 5 Years!

"High temperatures will only be near 20 degrees, and some areas will be near 0 Saturday morning. "

Inauguration comes every 4 years, these temperatures are even less often!

How About A FREE Hot Coffee To Keep You Warm?

"What if you gave 5 hours to help your community?

What if we all did?

Your small commitment could add up to something BIG.

From January 21, 2009 through January 25, 2009, when you pledge 5 hours of volunteer time, Starbucks will salute you with a free Tall brewed cup of coffee in participating U.S. Starbucks stores.

Not valid at airports or Barnes & Noble locations.


Visit to learn more.

Not sure what to do with your 5 hours?

You could:
- support a local food bank
- provide skills to a nonprofit
- clean up your community
- walk or run for a cause
- mentor a child or teen
- help a local family in need" (Source: Facebook Event).

Death Of A President Caused By Inauguration Cold - A Look Back on Lessons Learned

As we look at the windchill factor in the Washington DC area this morning, it currently below zero.

We cannot stress enough, the impact weather can have on people. Even if you are dressed in layers, remember there are parts of your face that may be exposed for long periods of time. has compiled

25 things you didn't know about the Presidential Inauguration

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Inauguration Weather Notification

For those who are starting to arrive in town for inauguration,

"A wind chill advisory remains in effect from 4 am to 12 pm est Friday. The coldest air of the season will move into the region tonight and Friday. Bitterly cold temperatures combined with northwest Winds of 10 to 20 mph with periodic gusts to 25 mph will produce Wind Chill values around 5 below zero late tonight and Friday Morning."

A Facebook Chance To Win Tickets to Official Youth Inaugural Ball

"Are you between the ages of 18 and 35 and a facebook user?

Would you like to go the Official Youth Inaugural Ball in Washington DC on Tuesday, January 20th, at the Washington & Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington D.C.?

We thought so and we want to give one of you two tickets!

Here's how you can win: The person who is responsible for the most Declaration of Service signatures on facebook between right now and 5:00 pm on Sunday, January 18th, gets the tix! We can't offer travel or lodging, but these tickets are the hottest tickets in town!

All you have to do is sign our Declaration of Service facebook application and put it on your profile page, and invite your friends to sign. If you've already signed, you just need to add it to your profile and get your friends to sign it too. The application will keep track of how many people sign because of you, and whoever gets the most people to sign gets to go to the Ball.

Here's how:IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY SIGNED THE DECLARATION OF SERVICE...Go sign at location near the top right hand corner.Then, follow the steps below to publicize the Declaration on your facebook profile to begin getting your friends to sign because of you:

1) Add Declaration of Service application to your profile.
2) The application will post an update to your newsfeed that you have signed the application. You can post this to your newsfeed repeatedly from the Declaration of Service application (we recommend you do this regularly)
3) From the invitations page (, you can send the Declaration of Service to your friends to sign (do this everyday)
4) Update your status frequently and tell your friends to sign from YOUR profile, and post on friends walls asking them to sign from YOUR profile.
5) Other creative ways we expect you will figure out!To invite more friends and to post that you've signed to your newsfeed again, simply click on the Declaration of Service app on your profile or go to


Go to and go through the five steps above.


Here is where this gets cool. The application is viral, so the way to really drive up your numbers is to get your friends to sign on the Declaration application that you added to your profile AND add the application to their page too. Anyone who subsequently signs the Declaration on their profile page will be credited back to you (as well as being credited to you friend). And if their friends also add the Declaration to their profile pages, signatures on those pages WILL ALSO be credited back to you. The bottom line: the more friends you get to sign on your page and add the Declaration to their pages, the more signatures you will accrue.

TO CHECK YOUR NUMBERS AND SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED "BECAUSE OF YOU" ...Go to your profile, and click on the Declaration of Service application (on the left beneath your friends). The number of signatures you have accrued will be displayed (Note: if you then click SIGN NOW it will take you to and you can sedn out another round of invites!).Good luck, and may the best facebooker win!

For full contest rule see: you have any questions you can post them to the WIN TICKETS TO OBAMA'S OFFICIAL YOUTH BALL discussion.

Yours In Service,
The ServiceNation Team"

Your Voice On The President's Desk At Night

Have you heard about the Citizen's Briefing Book?

"Share your ideas on any issue facing the new administration, then rate or comment on other ideas. The best rated ideas will rise to the top -- and be gathered into a Citizen's Briefing Book to be delivered to President Obama after he is sworn in. "

Our Concerns For Those With Special Needs

In the past two weeks, Neighbors Helping Neighbors raised concern on this website and multiple discussion groups in the Capital Region, about the limited information and resources available for those with special needs.

NBC Washington now reports, "Organizers warn people with disabilities to have backup plans".

The complete story can be found at:

For those that missed the news conference with the Governors of MD and VA and Mayor of DC, the one thing that was made clear is EVERYONE needs a plan. As mentioned during the press conference, this will not be a day a usual of packing up your family in the van to go to the Air and Space museum.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

What I Want for You - and Every Child in America

"Dear Malia and Sasha,

I know that you've both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn't have let you have. But I also know that it hasn't always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn't make up for all the time we've been apart. I know how much I've missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.

When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me—about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.

I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential—schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college—even if their parents aren't rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.

I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you'll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other.

Sometimes we have to send our young men and women into war and other dangerous situations to protect our country—but when we do, I want to make sure that it is only for a very good reason, that we try our best to settle our differences with others peacefully, and that we do everything possible to keep our servicemen and women safe. And I want every child to understand that the blessings these brave Americans fight for are not free—that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility.

That was the lesson your grandmother tried to teach me when I was your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and telling me about the men and women who marched for equality because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something.

She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better—and that the unfinished work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It's a charge we pass on to our children, coming closer with each new generation to what we know America should be.

I hope both of you will take up that work, righting the wrongs that you see and working to give others the chances you've had. Not just because you have an obligation to give something back to this country that has given our family so much—although you do have that obligation. But because you have an obligation to yourself. Because it is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential.

These are the things I want for you—to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world. And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. That's why I've taken our family on this great adventure.

I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace, and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.



Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Volunteer Recognition - Can't Purchase This SIGNED Item In Stores

Are you looking for a unique way to recognize your volunteers?

Consider purchasing the

Barack Obama Inauguration Waterford Crystal Paperweight.

Available in dome (as pictured).

This item is not available on the Waterford website. Only a limited number of this item are being produced and have been shipped directly from Ireland.

This item is signed by Jim O'Leary, Waterford Design Director.

Jim began his four-decade career at Waterford Crystal as a cutter and rapidly attained Master Craftsman status. After a five-year stint in the Design Studio, he ascended to his current position as its director. Jim retains the skilled craftsman's dedication to the crystal arts, from blowing and cutting to sculpting and polishing.

Only a limited number of signed items are available.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross.

For additional information, including pricing, please email

What a great way to recognize your volunteers...
and have a piece of history!!!

As Predicted Only A Limited Number of People Will Fit Along The Parade Route

Millions of people are expected to be in downtown Washington DC to watch inauguration.

However, some may not be able to get past the security checkpoints, due to the limited number of people that can fit in the space.

"Washington Post reported that the parade route has a capacity of 280,000 to 300,000 people, and that once that number is reached, checkpoints will be closed and no one else can enter the area around the parade route."

It appears that the millions estimated to show up, might want to also consider alternatives, if they are unable to view the parade around the National Mall.

Do not to push people to make your way through the crowd.
The last thing we need is a stampede and riots.

And remember that "The purpose of this inauguration is to honor the incoming president with formal ceremonies".

For additional details, here is a local news report:

Officials May Turn Away People From Parade Route

Could this be the official start of Inauguration Week?

Hopefully this is not the unofficial opening for Inauguration Week.

Lesson learned, plan for large traffic delays,

as how even just one car can cause an impact and delays.

Road closed.

Traffic backed up.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Michelle Obama Reaches Out To Neighbors Helping Neighbors Readers

Neighbors Helping Neighbors,

One week from today, on January 19th, Barack and I will join thousands of people all across the country for an extraordinary day of service.

I recorded a short video to tell you more about this important effort. Please take a minute to watch it and sign up to host or attend a service event near you.

Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are committing to renew America together, one community at a time.

Whatever service activity you organize or take part in -- cleaning up a park, giving blood, volunteering at a homeless shelter, or mentoring an at-risk youth -- you can help start this important journey. But this is about more than just a single day of service, it's the beginning of ongoing commitment to your community.

Monday, January 19th, is also Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Dr. King taught us to live a life of service, and he led by example. He once said:

"If you want to be important -- wonderful. If you want to be recognized -- wonderful. If you want to be great -- wonderful. But, recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That's a new definition of greatness."

Barack and I will be volunteering in Washington, D.C., our new home. I hope you'll join us by taking part in this national call to service in your community:

It will take ordinary citizens working together with a common purpose to get this country back on track. This national day of service is an important first step in our continuing commitment.

Now is the time to remind all Americans what ordinary people can accomplish when we stand together.

Thank you,


P.S. -- If you are already planning to be in Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration, text SERVE to 56333 to receive information about service opportunities in the nation's capital. Or you can learn more here:

Asking is your employer ready? Is the government ready may be a better question?

"DC Councilman Finds Flaws in Inaugural Rehearsal

One DC city official is saying Sunday's inauguration rehearsal didn't go so well.

Councilmember Jim Graham told FOX 5 that were was some confusion when it came the practice session today. Graham says that the confusion appeared to be between local and federal governments when it came to road closures.

Graham says this was just a part of a major problem he foresees on Inauguration Day.

Even as a city leader, Graham says he remains confused over road, bridge, and neighborhood closures throughout the District. He says he's invited one hundred friends to his office at the Wilson Building to watch the parade, but he hasn't been able to tell them how to get there with the security measures in place.

Graham says there is only so much he can do because the federal government is calling the shots. Graham hopes to meet with several agencies this to iron out details that at this point he finds confusing. "


The Clock Is Ticking - Is Your Employer Ready For Inauguration?

In the event of a situation during inauguration week or any major emergency, would your business be ready?

Be Informed.
Do you know what kind of emergencies might affect your company?
Do you know what you will do in an emergency situation?

Develop a Business Continuity Plan.
Do you know which staff, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep operating?
Do you have back-up plans for those operations?
Do you know what you will do if your building or plant is not accessible?
Do you know what you will do if your suppliers are impacted by a disaster?
Are you ready for utility disruptions?

Prepare your Emergency Plan.
Do you have an evacuation and shelter-in-place plan?
Do you have a plan to communicate with employees before, during and after an incident?
Do you have copies of building and site maps with utilities and emergency routes marked?
Are your employees trained for medical emergencies?

Practice the Emergency Plan.
Have you practiced your plan recently?
Do you practice and coordinate with other businesses in your building or industrial complex?
Have you reviewed your plans in the last 12 months?

Review Insurance Coverage.
Have you reviewed your insurance coverage recently to see if you’re covered in a disaster?

Secure Your Facility and Equipment.
Have you secured all the ways people, products and supplies get into your building?
Have you conducted a room-by-room walk through to determine what can be strapped down?

Improve Cyber Security.
Do you regularly install patches to your software? Have you installed a firewall on your computer?
Do you regularly update your antivirus software?

Promote Family and Individual Preparedness.
Do you encourage employees to have a personal emergency supply kit and a family communication plan?

If you answered "No" to any of these questions, visit and learn how to better prepare your business.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Additional Opportuntities with Local Volunteer Centers

Looking to volunteer for inauguration and not already trained by the American Red Cross or do not have a CERT team in your community that is deploying?

There may be other volunteer opportunities. According to the Volunteer Fairfax website:

"Inauguration Volunteers Needed
Due to the large number of visitors expected, volunteers may be needed throughout the metro DC region. Please contact Marcelo Ferreira for information."

As trained members of the Volunteer Fairfax Volunteer Mobilization Leadership Team (VMLT) do not appear to have been contacted, additional information is not available.

For those that do not live or work in Fairfax County, we suggest that you contact the Volunteer Center in your community or a local religious organization.

Local CERT Teams Volunteer For Inauguration

In partnership with local agencies, members of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be stationing multiple volunteer teams for inauguration.

For additional information on CERT, please visit:

If you are interested in seeing what response activities your local CERT is involved with and to get involved, please contact your local CERT Volunteer Coordinator or local Department of Emergency Management.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Washington Post Article on Transporation Plan

The Washington Post article on the transportation plan is worth reading.

Here is part of the article:

"When Virginians learned that the U.S. Secret Service and other top officials had decided to bar personal vehicles from every bridge from the commonwealth into the District on Inauguration Day, many felt the underlying message to them was this: Drop dead.

Or: Stay home.

Or: If you're going to try to come and see the first African American sworn in as president of the United States, well, good luck."

The complete article can be found at:

Congressmen Comment on Closing Virginia For Inauguration

NBC Washington is reporting:

"WASHINGTON -- Two members of Congress are asking the Secret Service to reconsider the plan to close all bridges crossing the Potomac River between northern Virginia and Washington on Inauguration Day.

Reps. Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly, who represent northern Virginia, say medical personnel and hospitality workers who are scheduled to work the day President-elect Barack Obama takes office should be able to use the bridges.

"The secret service, they're insane," Moran told the Washington Post. "This is security on steroids. They are imposing major obstacles on people who have a right to be there for the inauguration."

On Friday, Moran said "common sense" should be guiding the region's transportation policies, rather than "fear." He also said having only two bridges open to pedestrians is unacceptable.

The Secret Service announced the bridge closings Wednesday. In addition, about 3.5 square miles of downtown Washington will be closed to traffic starting the day before the inauguration.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said she is concerned about the traffic plan."


This report appears to conflict with an earlier NBC Washington report on the transportation plan, that we featured in Attending Events During Inauguration Week - This Is A Must Read!

"Only authorized vehicles – emergency vehicles, buses, taxis and for-hire limos - will be permitted on I-395 North and I-66 East within the Beltway."

Many emergency personnel will be arriving into DC through their agency and/or will be housed within DC during the week.

In addition, emergency vehicles, personnel, and other support systems will be prepositioned.

It is our hope that emergency vehicles from outside the region who are NOT part of emergency procedures for inauguration DO NOT use these roads to get family and friends into DC. This will only cause more confusion and an improper use of emergency vehicles.

Flight Advisory National Special Security Event 2009 Presidential Inauguration

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) have issued the following Public Advisory for Inauguration.

"As a result of the planned 2009 Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC on January 20, 2009, the FAA at the request of the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense as part of the airspace security measures will be modifying the Washington Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and Washington Metropolitan Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) with additional flight restrictions between the hours of 1000-1800 local."

The impacted zone is as follows:

For complete details and additional information on the advisory, please visit:

For additional advisories and Notice to Airmen (NOTAMs), please visit:

Friday, January 9, 2009

Colin Powell Announces President-Elect Obama’s Call to National Service

Friday, January 09, 2009
CONTACT: Sandy Scott
Phone: 202-606-6724

Colin Powell Announces President-Elect Obama’s Call to National Service

Washington D.C. – At a packed news conference here today, General Colin Powell, USA (Ret) and the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced President-elect Obama’s plans to call on Americans to serve their communities on the King Holiday and throughout the year.

As part of his “Renew America Together” initiative, the President-elect wants to ignite the spirit of service in our nation by asking all Americans to make a lasting pledge to serve their communities.

“At this moment of great purpose and great promise, President-elect Obama is calling on all Americans to make an ongoing commitment to serve their communities and their country,” said Powell. “The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday is not only a day off but also for the last 14 years, it has been a day on. It’s a day to reach out to our fellow citizens in need.”

Powell unveiled, a new website created by the Presidential Inaugural Committee where Americans can find volunteer opportunities for the January 19 King Holiday or sign up to host a local event. Nearly 5,000 events are already listed on the website.

Powell commended the many organizations that are planning King Day of Service projects, including the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency charged by Congress in 1994 with transforming the King Holiday into a national day of service. The Corporation has been working closely with the Presidential Inaugural Committee for the past month on the website and larger effort to call Americans to service.

For the past fourteen years, the Corporation has worked with the King Center in Atlanta and nonprofit, education, corporate, and community groups across the country to organize projects on the King holiday. The agency encourages its large network of AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America programs to lead or participate in King Day of Service projects.

Powell was joined at the event by Roxanna Garcia Marcus, a former AmeriCorps member with City Year who shared her personal journey of service. Marcus is one of tens of thousands of AmeriCorps members and alums who are taking part in this year’s King Day of Service.

“If there is one common experience I wish for every American, it’s to know the power of service – to have the opportunity to be a part of something larger than yourself and make a positive impact on your community. AmeriCorps gave me my opportunity.”

A Florida native, Marcus first came to the Washington D.C. area when she served for two years as an AmeriCorps member with City Year. A first-generation American, Roxanna said she was drawn to the opportunity to give back to her community and country in a meaningful and lasting way. Marcus currently serves as the Development Manager for Year Up, an intensive training program that provides urban young adults with technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend and corporate apprenticeship. Marcus cites her AmeriCorps experience at City Year with changing her career focus to the nonprofit sector.

“In this time of great need, we need to reignite our nation’s spirit of service, starting on King Day and lasting throughout the year,” said Nicola Goren, the Corporation’s Acting CEO. “We salute President-elect Obama, Colin Powell, and the Presidential Inaugural Committee for making service a centerpiece of the Inauguration and launching this broad call to service.

In addition to asking Americans to serve, President-elect Obama, Vice President-elect Biden, and their families will participate in service on the holiday in the Washington D.C. area. The President-elect’s service on the holiday continues a tradition started by President Clinton and continued by President Bush.

A wide variety of projects are being planned for the King Holiday including delivering meals, refurbishing schools and community centers, collecting food and clothing, removing graffiti, reading to children and more. Many organizations use the day as a springboard for year-round civic action, such as signing up mentors or tutors or youth taking pledges of nonviolence.

The Corporation for National and Community Service improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, the Corporation provides opportunities for four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds to serve their communities and country through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America. For more information, go to


Another Option To Be Part of Inauguration

Disability Power and Pride
Inaugural Ball

You are invited to join the disability community in commemorating the historic Inauguration of President Barack Obama with the first-ever Disability Power & Pride Inaugural Ball. Reflecting the growing strength and stature of the community – and celebrating Life Without Limits – the event will draw officials of the new administration and Members of Congress, along with hundreds of disability leaders, advocates and allies.

Parking and Getting Around More Of A Challange For Some

When looking through all the inauguration resources, there does not appear to be any handicapped or special needs parking.

The following article and video higlights some of the challenges that may be keeping some citizens from attending inauguration.

Disabled Citizens Say Inauguration Events Too Difficult to Attend

And as one of the comments to the article says,

"The ADA codes requires people with disabilities have the same access to public spaces as people with no disabilities. This includes: parking lots, sidewalks, entrances, stairs, elevators, restrooms, and drinking fountains. But not Inauguration."

Time for change...

Limited "Reserved" Parking Still Available for Inaugiration, if you are a....


"Buses may register for available parking spaces at RFK Stadium and on designated streets in each quadrant of the city (NW Zone, NE Zone, SW Zone, SE Zone). Note that automobiles will not be permitted in these lots or bus parking areas."

...but since many of us do not drive a bus, check out the official Presidental Inauguration parking website at:

Passengers on buses parked in locations other than RFK Stadium must walk or use public transit or taxis to access the event site.

For anyone that has been at the local airports during the holiday season, on particular on December 25 or January 1, getting a taxi was definitely a challenge.

As we get closure to inauguration, Neighbors Helping Neighbors will share some weather resources, for the most current weather information.

Thank You For The Inauguration Call For Volunteers

Welcome to all the new American Red Cross Volunteers who are currently taking Disaster Action Team (DAT) training in preparation for the presidential inauguration.

Several of the new Red Cross volunteers are from local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) and other emergency volunteer programs.

Also thank you to other volunteers, including those who have registered from out of town, who were previously trained and saw the call for volunteers on this blog. And also those that signed up to register with ServeDC/DC Citizen Corps.

Pre-registration was required for all volunteer opportunites. If you are not already registered to volunteer, please do not show up to volunteer, unless you see a special request announced during the event.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Your Opportunity To Make A Difference And Win A Trip To Inauguration

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is pleased to be a partner of Service Nation and and share the following information.

"Want to win a trip to the '09 Inauguration and be a part of MLK Day of Service?

As we usher in this exciting new era of change we recognize that everyone has a part to play. So, how will YOU commit to brining about change in your neighborhood, your community or your nation? No idea is too big or too small. Tell us how you will be part of the change NOW.

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Only a few days left for your chance to win a trip to inauguration. For additional details and to complete the phrase, visit:

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Attending Events During Inauguration Week - This Is A Must Read!

Events and activities celebrating the 56th Presidential Inauguration will take place beginning on Saturday, January 17, 2009, through Wednesday, January 21, 2009, with the swearing-in scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Click here to view a map of street closures.

Security and transportation plans for the Inaugural have been developed by a partnership of local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety agencies, including the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, the Virginia State Police, the Maryland Department of Transportation, the United States Secret Service, the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), the United States Capitol Police and the United States Park Police.

This transportation plan provides the general outlines for road closures, vehicular restricted zones, public transportation, charter vehicles and pedestrian routes. Additional information is available online for residents of the District, Virginia and Maryland, as well as charter operators, through the websites listed at the end of this plan. Additions to this plan may be made prior to the Inaugural and will be updated on these websites. Specific questions regarding this transportation plan should be directed to the participating agencies as identified.

Access into Washington, D.C. will be limited on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. The following is a summary of routes and their status that day:
14th Street Bridge – Restricted to Buses and Authorized Vehicles Only
Roosevelt Bridge – Restricted to Buses and Authorized Vehicles Only
Memorial Bridge – Restricted to Pedestrians and Emergency Vehicles Only
Key Bridge – Restricted to Mass Transit Only
Chain Bridge - Restricted to Authorized Vehicles and Mass Transit Only, no charter buses.
South Capitol Street Bridge – Restricted to Buses and Authorized Vehicles Only
Southeast/Southwest Freeway – Restricted to Emergency Vehicles Only
Rock Creek Parkway – Open to traffic from Beach Drive to Virginia Avenue NW (Holiday traffic schedule in effect throughout the park)
Clara Barton Parkway operating under Holiday schedule (2 way traffic all day)
11th Street Bridges – Restricted to Buses and Authorized Vehicles Only
Sousa Bridge – Open to all traffic from east of the river to security checkpoint in Capitol Hill; Barney Circle closed to all vehicles
East Capitol Street – Open to all traffic but roadways around RFK will be filled with tour buses
Benning Road – Open to all traffic
New York Avenue – Open to all traffic
3rd Street Tunnel – Closed to all vehicular traffic and restricted to pedestrian use only.
Authorized vehicles include taxicabs and limousines with valid licenses.

Washington, D.C. Vehicular Restrictions

Vehicle Restricted Zone: Vehicular road closures in Washington, D.C. will be instituted by the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Park Police. Extensive road closures and vehicle restricted zones will be established in Washington, D.C. Beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday, January 19, through 7 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21, all of the following areas will be posted as Emergency No Parking. From 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, many of these areas will be posted by law enforcement personnel and vehicular traffic will be limited to residents with government issued identification (driver’s license) or vehicle registration showing residency inside the restricted area, or to vehicles conducting essential business within the restricted area.
K Street NW from Washington Circle to 12th Street NW
Washington Circle from K Street NW to 23rd Street NW
Pennsylvania Avenue NW from Washington Circle to the U S Capitol
I Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 11th Street NW
H Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
G Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
F Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
E Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
Virginia Avenue from 23rd Street NW to 2nd SW
D Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 1st Street NW
C Street NW from 23rd Street NW to 3rd Street NW
Constitution Avenue from 23rd Street NW to 2nd Street NE
Madison Dr. NW from 15th Street NW to 3rd Street NW
Jefferson Dr. SW from 15th Street SW to 3rd Street SW
Independence Avenue from 23rd Street SW to 2nd Street SE
C Street SW from 7th Street SW to 2nd Street SW
D Street SW from 7th Street SW to 2nd Street SW
E Street SW from 7th Street SW to 2nd Street SW
Maryland Avenue SW from 7th Street SW to the U S Capitol
23rd Street from Washington Circle NW to Independence Avenue SW
22nd Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
21st Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
20th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
19th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
18th Street NW from K Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
17th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
Connecticut Avenue NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
16th Street NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
Vermont Avenue NW from K Street NW to H Street NW
15th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
14th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
New York Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to 11th Street NW
13th Street NW from K Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
12th Street from K Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
11th Street NW from K Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
10th Street NW from H Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
9th Street from H Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
8th Street NW from H Street NW to D Street NW
7th Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
6th Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
5th Street from H Street NW to D Street NW
4th Street from H Street NW to E Street SW
3rd Street from Massachusetts Avenue NW to E Street SW
Henry Bacon Dr. NW from the Lincoln Memorial to Constitution Avenue NW
Daniel French Dr. SW from the Lincoln Memorial to Independence Avenue SW
Ohio Drive from Independence Avenue through West Potomac and East Potomac Parks
Buckeye Drive in East Potomac Park
West Basin Drive
East Basin Drive
Parkway Drive from Rock Creek Parkway to Lincoln Memorial Circle
Maine Avenue from East Basin Drive to Independence Avenue
Vehicular Road Closures: In addition to above listed Emergency No Parking and vehicle restricted areas, from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, the following roads will be closed and off limits to vehicles without a law enforcement escort:
Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to the U S Capitol
I Street NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW
H Street NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW
G Street NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW
F Street NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW
E Street NW from 18th Street NW to 6th Street NW
D Street NW from 18th Street NW to 6th Street NW
C Street from 18th Street NW to 2nd Street NE
Constitution Avenue from 17th Street NW to 2nd Street NE
Madison Dr. NW from 15th Street NW to 3rd Street NW
Jefferson Dr. SW from 15th Street SW to 3rd Street SW
Independence Avenue from 14th Street SW to 2nd Street NE
Maryland Avenue SW from 6th Street SW to the U S Capitol
17th Street from I Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
Connecticut Avenue NW from I Street NW to H Street NW
16th Street NW from I Street NW to H Street NW
Vermont Avenue NW from I Street NW to H Street NW
15th Street from I Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
14th Street from I Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
New York Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to 12th Street NW
13th Street NW from I Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
12th Street from F Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
11th Street NW from F Street NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW
10th Street NW from F Street NW to Constitution Avenue NW
9th Street from F Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
8th Street NW from F Street NW to D Street NW
7th Street from F Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
6th Street from F Street NW to Maryland Avenue SW
5th Street from D Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
4th Street from D Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
3rd Street from D Street NW to Independence Avenue SW
Capitol Hill: Road closures on Capitol Hill will be instituted by the U.S. Capitol Police in cooperation with the Metropolitan Police Department. Access to the perimeter will be restricted to properly authorized and credentialed personnel only. No public parking will be provided. The following street closures will go into effect starting at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2009:
Louisiana Avenue between Columbus Circle and Constitution Avenue NW
Delaware Avenue between Columbus Circle and D Street NE
First Street between Columbus Circle and D Street NE
North Capitol Street NW between E Street and Louisiana Avenue
E Street between New Jersey Avenue and North Capitol Street NW
New Jersey Avenue NW between E Street and Louisiana Avenue NW
D Street between Louisiana Avenue NW and Second Street NE
First Street NW between D Street NW and Louisiana Avenue NW
C Street NW between First Street and Louisiana Avenue NW
Second Street NW between C Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Second Street NE between Massachusetts Avenue NE and C Street SE
C Street SE between Second Street SE and First Street SE
First Street SE between C Street and D Street SE
D Street between First Street SE and Washington Avenue SW
Washington Avenue SW between D Street SW, and Independence Avenue SW
Independence Avenue SW between Second Street SW and Third Street NW
Third Street between SW Freeway and Constitution Avenue NW
Constitution Avenue NW between Second Street NW and Third Street NW
Streets will reopen once the parade concludes at 5 p.m.
Charter Bus Parking Zones: Tour bus parking is available at RFK Stadium and designated zones within the District. Specific zones and road closures are posted on the District’s Inauguration web site at Streets around the bus parking areas will be closed to private automobile traffic and will be posted as Emergency No Parking zones beginning at 3 p.m. on Monday January, 19, 2009. Generally, these areas include:
RFK Stadium
12th Street NW to 22nd Street and K Street NW to P Street NW
First Street NE to 6th Street NW and New York Avenue to H Street NW
Designated areas in Southwest and Southeast
Virginia Vehicular Restrictions
All vehicular road restrictions will be coordinated between the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Transportation and local jurisdictions. On January 20, 2009, personal vehicles will not be permitted into Washington, D.C., from Virginia.
I-395 north will be closed to general traffic. As a result, northbound I-95 traffic will be diverted onto I-495 North (Inner Loop) or I-495/I-95 East (Outer Loop) at the Springfield interchange.
Eastbound I-66 lanes east of the Capital Beltway/I-495 will be closed to general traffic. Eastbound traffic on I-66 will also be diverted onto I-495
Only authorized vehicles – emergency vehicles, buses, taxis and for-hire limos - will be permitted on I-395 North and I-66 East within the Beltway.
Memorial Bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic only. No motor vehicles will be permitted to cross the bridges.
Key Bridge is restricted to mass transit only
Chain Bridge is restricted to authorized vehicles and mass transit only, no charter buses.
The Woodrow Wilson and the American Legion bridges will have no traffic restrictions.
North Washington Street at Montgomery Street (City of Alexandria City) to Reagan National Airport will be closed.
U.S. Park Police Closures

The following vehicular road closures will be coordinated by the U.S. Park Police. On January 20, 2009:
The George Washington Memorial Parkway will be closed in both directions from I-495 to the 14th Street Bridge.
Buses and authorized vehicles traveling to Washington Reagan National Airport via I-395 may exit onto southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway for the airport only. All other traffic will need to use Route 1 or mass transit to access the airport.
Buses and authorized vehicles will be allowed to exit Washington Reagan National Airport onto northbound George Washington Memorial Parkway to enter the District of Columbia via the 14th Street Bridge. All other traffic will be allowed to exit the airport via Route 1 or southbound George Washington Memorial Parkway.
Maryland Transportation Information

While there are no anticipated road closures or restrictions in Maryland, officials are discouraging individuals from driving into the District and encouraging the use of mass transit. The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration is supporting Inaugural activities by:
Conducting extended emergency traffic patrols along interstate and primary highways approaching the National Capital Region
Providing real time traffic public information by means of Dynamic Message Signs (DMS), Highway Advisory Radios (HAR), and CHART (Coordinated Highways Action Response Team) on the Web
Assisting motorists and removing abandoned and disabled vehicles from travel lanes and reporting on travel conditions
Providing traffic control support to conduct ramp closures and other operations warranted to maintain traffic
Log onto for transit and travel information
Public Transportation

Public transportation to all Inaugural events is encouraged as many streets in and around the Capitol and the Mall area and bridges into/out of the city will be closed to private automobiles for much of the day.

Metrorail will operate rush hour service for 17 consecutive hours on January 20, from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., and will operate on a non-rush hour schedule for two extra hours until 2 a.m. As Metrorail will be operating rush-hour service, it will charge peak fares throughout the day. Due to security measures, the Archives-Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter Metrorail station on Metro's Green and Yellow Lines and the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines, will be closed all day on Inauguration Day, Tuesday, January 20.

Metro’s commemorative One-Day Pass with a special Inauguration design is currently being sold for $10 online or $7.80 at Metro sales offices and fare vending machines. The cost of the passes will be $10 at all sales locations on January 20. People should purchase their farecards, One-Day Passes or SmarTrip cards in advance of Inauguration Day if possible to avoid the lines.

Metro has about 60,000 parking spaces in 29 lots and 22 garages throughout the Washington region for private motorists to park on Inauguration Day. Metro will charge $4 cash only for motorists as they pull in to park in its lots. The Minnesota Avenue Metrorail station parking lot is closed to the public and is only available for Metro employees who will be working on Inauguration Day.

Metrobus will be operating on a modified Saturday schedule from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Inauguration Day. However, with street closures around the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue for the parade, all Metrobuses will be prepared for detours. Bus riders are encouraged to plan significant extra time to travel through these areas.

MetroAccess will operate identical hours to Metrorail and Metrobus during Inauguration Weekend and through Inauguration Day. MetroAccess customers are encouraged to plan significant extra time to travel due to increased traffic throughout the service area. Street closures around the National Mall and Pennsylvania Avenue for the Inauguration and parade on Inauguration Day will mean that MetroAccess vehicles will only be able to drop off customers several blocks from the Inauguration and parade route. MetroAccess vehicles will not be permitted access to streets that are closed. All MetroAccess users should be prepared for detours. MetroAccess customers must reserve their trips by 4:30 p.m. the day prior to travel.

People planning to use Metro during the four days of Inaugural activities can sign up for special e-alerts on Metro’s Web site at E-alerts will be issued when Metro has news relating to service for the Inauguration and when there may be service disruptions.

Charter Vehicles

Transportation and security planners anticipate up to 10,000 private buses carrying 500,000 participants to Washington, D.C., for the Inaugural events. DDOT has designated parking zones for buses throughout the metro area. From these areas, riders will be able to walk, take Metro or, in limited cases, take shuttle buses to the Inaugural events. Charter buses will not be able to park and/or drop off passengers at any Metro station in Washington D.C., Virginia, or Maryland.

All those who plan to travel the District of Columbia during Inauguration Week via chartered buses, motor carriers, etc., must obtain a Trip Permit from the District Department of Motor Vehicles and must sign up for a parking pass at designated parking sites.

Registration for permit and parking for charter buses must be completed no later than Thursday, January 15, 2009. No registrations will be accepted after this date. Additional information and registration is available at

Pedestrian Routes

The following access points have been identified as pedestrian-only routes to the National Mall:
E Street NE from Massachusetts Avenue NE to 3rd Street NW
7th Street SW from D Street SW to Independence Avenue SW
19th Street NW from K Street NW to DuPont Circle NW
3rd Street Tunnel (I-395) from New York Avenue NW to SE/SW Freeway
Arlington Memorial Bridge from Virginia, around Lincoln Circle to Independence Avenue SW
East Capitol Street NE to North Carolina SE to New Jersey Avenue SE to I Street SE
The following access points have been identified as pedestrian-only routes to the Inaugural Parade:
6th Street NW from K Street NW to P Street NW
13th Street NW from K Street NW to Logan Circle NW
East Capitol Street NE to Massachusetts Avenue NE
Arlington Memorial Bridge from Virginia, around Lincoln Circle to Henry Bacon Drive NW
Bicycle Parking

Free valet bicycle parking will be provided in designated areas north and south of the event perimeter. Additional information may be found at
Inaugural Balls

There will be 10 official Inaugural balls, hosted at the Washington Convention Center, the National Building Museum, Union Station, the D.C. Armory and the Washington Hilton. Emergency No Parking zones and some road closures will be in effect near each of these locations.
Online Information

Additional information is available online for residents of the District, Virginia and Maryland, as well as charter operators, through the following websites:
Maryland Department of Transportation –
Virginia State Police –
Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority –
In addition, Inaugural information is available on the following sites to help those planning to attend the inaugural events:
Presidential Inaugural Committee –
D.C. Presidential Inaugural Committee –
Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies –
Armed Forces Inaugural Committee –
United States Secret Service –
Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation are preparing for thousands of buses and vehicles to travel through Virginia for the Inauguration on January 20, 2009, and urge visitors to know what to expect before leaving home to ensure a safe and less stressful trip.

“We urge motorists – whether traveling by bus, van or car – to plan their route well in advance, know what bridges and roads will be restricted and where they will park, make sure their vehicle is in top operating condition, travel with a full tank of gas and prepare for long delays and a lot of walking,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent.

Road and Bridge Restrictions

Beginning at 2 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, personal vehicles (cars, SUVs, pickups, vans, etc.) will not be allowed to enter Washington from Virginia. Those driving are encouraged to seek out public transportation to access the District on Inauguration Day. (See Public Transit Resources for more information). Personal vehicles will only be able to enter Washington by driving in from designated Maryland routes.

Beginning at 2 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, only authorized vehicles – emergency vehicles, buses, taxis, and for-hire limos and car services – will be permitted to travel northbound on Interstate 395 and eastbound on Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway/I-495. All other traffic heading to Washington on Interstate 95 will be diverted at the Springfield interchange (Exits 170B and 170C) onto I-495 North (Inner Loop) or I-495/I-95 East (Outer Loop). All general traffic traveling eastbound on I-66 and toward Washington on the Dulles Toll Road will also be diverted to the Capital Beltway/I-495.

Only authorized vehicles will be allowed to cross the 14th Street Bridge, Roosevelt Bridge and Key Bridge, all of which lead from Virginia into Washington, D.C. The Memorial Bridge and Chain Bridge will be open to pedestrians only.

To augment patrols and expedite emergency response along Interstates 95, 66 and 495, Virginia State Police will be bringing in several hundred troopers from around the state to the Northern Virginia region. Increases in manpower and resources will begin Monday, January 19, and continue through Wednesday, January 21.

I-95/395 HOV Schedule

From 4 p.m. Saturday, January 17 until 3 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, the I-395/95 HOV lanes will be northbound for vehicles carrying three or more people (HOV-3).
From 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, only buses and authorized vehicles will be permitted to use the I-95/395 HOV lanes from Route 234/Dumfries to Washington.
The I-95/395 HOV lanes will open to HOV-3 traffic at 5 a.m. Wednesday, January 21.
The I-95/395 HOV lanes will be open southbound for HOV-3 vehicles from 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, until 3 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, and from 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 21, until 9 p.m. or later.
I-66, Dulles Toll Road and Dulles Connector Road HOV Schedule
From 4 p.m. Saturday, January 17, until 3 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, HOV-2 will be in effect eastbound.
From 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, only buses and authorized vehicles will be allowed to use the eastbound HOV lanes.
From 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, until 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, HOV-2 will be in effect westbound.
VDOT will help motorists by:
Pre-treating ramps, bridges and critical locations on highways and major commuter routes with anti-icing chemicals regardless of the forecast. Major commuter lots in Northern Virginia will also be pre-treated.
Suspending all lane closures in Virginia for construction or maintenance work on Interstates 66, 95, 395 and 495. In addition, lane closures will be suspended on heavily traveled roads in Northern Virginia to include Routes 1, 7, 28, 50, 234, 236, the Dulles Toll Road, Fairfax County Parkway and Prince William Parkway. This restriction will be in effect from Friday, January 16, until noon, Wednesday, January 21.
Providing portable toilets at the I-66 and I-95 rest areas in Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg.
Doubling the number of safety service patrols on the interstates on January 20. Forty patrollers will be pre-positioned and available to assist stranded motorists and provide traffic control. The patrol wears bright, highly visible uniforms and drives specially equipped pickup trucks.
Re-timing traffic signals on major routes as needed to keep traffic moving as best possible.
Staging seven wreckers at locations along interstates to remove disabled vehicles.
Motorists can stay informed by:

Calling 511 from a land line or a cell phone for the latest traffic and travel information. Drivers are reminded to only dial 911 or #77 on a cellular phone in emergency situations.
Tuning into Virginia’s highway advisory radio for information on delays and possible detours due to accidents or congestion.
Getting the latest traffic conditions and travel times on overhead and roadside message signs on I-95, 495, 66 and 81, and Route 29.
Carrying an emergency kit in their vehicles to include an ice scraper and brush, wiper fluid, blankets, extra warm clothing, a bag of sand or cat litter; flashlight and cell phone, with extra batteries for each; jumper cables; water, snacks, paper towels and a first aid kit.
Public Transit Resources

Metrorail, Virginia Railway Express (VRE) and Amtrak are primary transportation choices for travel from Virginia to Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day. For more information on Metrorail and VRE access and availability, visit their Web sites at and

Currently, Amtrak trains from Virginia to Washington, DC that will serve the Inauguration Day events are sold out. However, tickets may become available as reservations change. Visit Amtrak’s Web site at for information on ticket availability.

The Commonwealth is also working with Virginia transit operators to finalize plans for bus service. Details will be available soon.

Employers in the region are encouraged to consider offering telework, flex time and/or other leave options for their employees on January 20.

Inauguration Traffic/Event Resources

Visitors are encouraged to stay informed of traffic and weather conditions by checking the following Web sites before traveling:

District of Columbia’s Inaugural Web site Official Inaugural Web site
Washington Post Radio
Ntional Weather Service:

For Virginia-specific information log onto the Virginia State Police Web site at

Governor Martin O’Malley today provided an update on the development of Maryland’s transportation plan that will be in place for events surrounding the Inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2009.

“We want people planning to attend the Inaugural festivities to have a positive experience as our nation celebrates this historic event,” said Governor O’Malley. “Key to making this a positive experience is planning ahead and having a full understanding of the transportation options available. It also is important to recognize the challenges such a large event will pose to our transportation network.”

No matter what mode of transportation attendees may be planning to use, movement in and out of Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area on Inauguration Day is expected to be extremely challenging. The region’s transit systems will be operating at capacity, travel on the road network in and out of the Washington, D.C., area will be severely restricted, and parking will be very limited.

In addition, those attending the events on Inauguration day should be aware of the following:

· Charter buses will be the only vehicles allowed to park within walking distance of the event.

· Due to the security restrictions in and around the National Mall, all the access roads into and around the Mall will be tightly controlled.

· Passenger car and commercial vehicle traffic will be restricted in downtown Washington, D.C.

· Many routes in the Washington region will only be open to buses and pedestrians.

· Event organizers are warning of the potential of long waits at transit stations and security checkpoints.

· Attendees must also be aware of weather conditions on the day of the event and plan accordingly.
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“Transit is the best alternative,” said Maryland Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari. “It is important for everyone to understand that driving your personal car to Washington and finding a parking space will be like winning the lottery. The better option is MARC, our MTA commuter bus service and the Washington Metrorail system. The advice to all is: plan ahead, arrive early, be prepared to walk and be patient.”

Special MARC commuter rail service and MTA commuter bus service will operate on Inauguration Day. The Metro system in Washington will operate a full schedule. Details are listed below:


· MARC will operate inbound trains from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and outbound trains from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

· Reserved tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold on Inauguration Day.

· Roughly 700 tickets remain on the Brunswick line.

· MARC reserved tickets on the Penn and Camden lines are sold out.

· Round trip tickets are $25.00

· Advantage of MARC is that it drops you at Union Station, three blocks from the Capitol.

· For ticket purchase information go to and click on the Inauguration icon.

MTA Commuter Bus

· MTA commuter buses will operate from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and then from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

· 9,000 tickets will be available on the day of the Inauguration for the commuter bus service.

· MTA commuter buses will operate between park and ride lots at specified locations across the state and suburban Washington Metro stations.

· Customers can then board Metro to the downtown Washington, D.C., area.

· Tickets are $10 for a round trip on the bus. Metro fare will be additional at the Metro station.

· Park and Ride lots offering MTA commuter bus service include:

Frederick (Monocacy Park & Ride) to Shady Grove every 30 minutesColumbia (Broken Land Park & Ride) to Greenbelt every 30 minutes -more-
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Scaggsville/Burtonsville to Silver Spring every 30 minutes
Annapolis to New Carrollton every 30 minutes
Kent Island to New Carrollton every 60 minutesPrince Frederick/Dunkirk to Branch Avenue every 30 minutesUpper Marlboro to Branch Avenue every 30 minutesCharlotte Hall to Branch Avenue every 30 minutesWaldorf (Blue Crabs Stadium) to Branch Avenue every 20 minutes

· For more information on the commuter bus service, go to and click on the Inauguration icon.

WMATA / Metrorail

Metro officials expect extremely crowded conditions on Inauguration Day.

· Metrorail stations and trains will be packed as people head to the Inauguration, and expect to see even tighter conditions afterward.

· Expect the crowds to be huge with hundreds of thousands of people expected to be in the nation's capital not only for Inauguration Day, but for the days preceding it as well.

· The U.S. Secret Service has deemed the Inauguration as a special national security event and due to security measures,the following stations will be closed on Inauguration Day:

- Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter station on Metro's Green /Yellow Lines
- Smithsonian station on the Blue and Orange Lines

Metro Operations:

· Metro will operate rush hour service for 17 consecutive hours from 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. then revert to normal evening service.

· Metro will stay open for two extra hours until 2:00 a.m. (Jan 21)

· Parking at all Metro facilities will be $4.00, cash only.

· For fare information and additional details on Metro service in place for the Inauguration can be found at