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Survive Hurricane Obama: Lie Under a Table!

The crowds will be large, historic, overwhelming--whether it's 4 million who descend on Washington for the inaugural, as Mayor Adrian Fenty first predicted, or a mere 1 million as some are now saying, the event promises to be one of the largest ever. So how does a mere area resident prepare for the onslaught?

Let's let the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management's e-alert system take it from here (emphasis ours):

To prepare for this event, pretend a hurricane is coming during that weekend and expect large crowds, congestion, traffic and many delays. Getting around will be difficult at best so a common sense approach will be important. Be informed, make a plan, be prepared.

Pretend a hurricane is coming?! Unfortunately, the e-alert doesn't exactly spell out what that means. But we here at Inauguration Watch want to be sure you survive the inaugural so we looked up some of FEMA's hurricane survival tips:

If you get caught in a hurricane, follow these FEMA guidelines: Stay away from windows and glass doors. Close all interior doors - secure and brace external doors. Keep curtains and blinds closed. Don't be fooled by the eye of the storm. Stay in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level. Lie under a table or other sturdy object.

Thanks Arlington County!

By David A Nakamura  |  January 8, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  | Category:  Crowds , Security
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Comments



Let's hope that they mean to run your errands in advance and get hunkered down at home before everything starts. I don't think you should have to board up your windows and fill your bathtubs with water for the inaugural... :)

Posted by: cupgoddess | January 8, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

"Close all interior doors - secure and brace external doors. Keep curtains and blinds closed. Don't be fooled by the eye of the storm. Stay in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level. Lie under a table or other sturdy object."

That's hilarious!

It's also basically how I intend to handle that Tuesday, except that there will be lots of Scotch involved. (Thus the lying under the table part.(

Posted by: Georgetwoner | January 8, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I liked Fairfax County's message I received today:

Inauguration Information

Are you planning on attending the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20? The answers to several questions might be helpful in deciding whether to attend inauguration activities:

Do you have the physical stamina to stand outside, "shoulder to shoulder," in large crowds for four, five or six hours or more and then spend additional hours getting back home?

Are you comfortable in extremely large crowds?

Can you walk long distances to get to your destination?

Are you prepared for the extremely long delays getting to and from events?

Can you care for and control small children in large crowds and tight spaces for long hours, if you plan to bring them?

For further information, the Fairfax County Inauguration Web page (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/inauguration) has links to local, state and federal resources, including transportation, traffic and weather alerts, tips on how to be prepared and news releases.

Posted by: dottie_b | January 8, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm treating it like a hurricane. 72 hours worth of food, water, and pray to god I don't lose power so I can just watch the whole thing on TV.

Posted by: idiparker | January 8, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

I have always been fearful of hurricanes, but I am eagerly looking forward to this one.
Certainly I want to witness this, if for no other reason e-- 'to behold the one' that is going to fix the economy.

If at the end of the day I can say there is light at the end of the tunnel, I will apply the reinforcements needed. Why? If the president-elect, is not able to stop the financial bleeding, the tropical storms that will follow... will just take us out... and completely.

Let the storm begin! I will hold on to the 'hem of his garment. (lol) http://wwww.vernasmith.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | January 9, 2009 1:49 AM | Report abuse

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