Prince George’s County officials are encouraging residents to sign up for its NotifyMe alert system that provides real-time information about everything from weather emergencies to traffic jams.

Registered subscribers are provided with notifications by e-mail, text and page. County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) said in a statement that he hoped that the recent destructive tornadoes in the Midwest would prompt more residents to take steps to be prepared for natural disasters, including signing up for the county alert system.

“As we witness the horrifying destruction from the tornadoes in the Midwest, we must use this opportunity to make our residents prepared and ready for any natural disasters that may impact Prince George’s County,” Baker’s statement said.

Residents also are encouraged to keep three days’ worth of extra water, food, first aid supplies, clothing, bedding and other emergency supplies handy.

The county government also offers an emergency preparedness class for anyone wanting to volunteer for a Community Emergency Response Team whose members help public safety officials during emergencies.

More information about the classes is available from Tonie R. Davis III, President, Prince George’s County Council of CERT (e-mail: or Calvin Hawkins, Office of Emergency Management, Prince George’s County CERT (e-mail: