Voss said the county’s five early voting sites have been added to a priority list for restoring storm outages. He added that Pepco would not start work on these sites until health-care facilities, such as hospitals and senior centers, are up and running.
In Prince William County, school officials discussed contingencies and double-checked their community-alert plans, but they said it was too early to make any decisions.
Officials are looking ahead at any planned school activities or trips scheduled for the coming days in case they need to be canceled, said Phil Kavits, a spokesman for Prince Williams County schools.
The school system is using the storm as an opportunity to remind students and parents about the importance of signing up for the county’s messaging system, he said.
Prince William’s police department went on standby, readying equipment and monitoring regional calls with updates on the impending storm.
Barry S. Barnard, the police department’s acting chief, said officers were going through supply closets to make sure they were adequately stocked with flares, lighting devices, signs and traffic-control devices, among other items needed in emergency situations.
An emergency staffing plan is in place, Barnard said, adding that he can summon officers to arrive earlier than usual or deploy more if extreme weather causes problems. Officers who serve in different units can be reassigned, he said, and many have been alerted that they may be needed during the storm.
“We try and stay as informed as we can and do what we have to do to be prepared,” Barnard said.
In the District, Capital Bikeshare could remain open during the storm, depending on its severity, according to DDOT spokesman John Lisle.
“Our standing policy is to keep the system open as long as we can, and if we have to shut it down, to shut it down for as short a period as possible,” Lisle said.
If the system is shut down, Bikeshare users could still return bikes to available docks, but they wouldn’t be able to check a bike out, Lisle said.
Gloria Garrett, who manages the Palisades Farmers Market every Sunday in Northwest Washington, said she isn’t too worried about the storm.
“I just e-mailed everyone to be sure they have their weights” for their tents, Garrett said.
The market runs from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., so Garrett figures they may just encounter some rain and wind before the severe weather hits later. And the storm could wind up being good for business, because people could decide to stock up before the storm, she said.
“I think there might be up to a 20 percent uptick in sales,” Garrett said.
Candace Wheeler, Susan Svrluga, Jeremy Borden, Mark Berman, Ovetta Wiggins, Aaron Davis, Lynh Bui, Caitlin Gibson and Nikita Stewart contributed to this report.