This NOAA satellite image taken Monday shows Sandy off the Mid-Atlantic coastline. (AP Photo/NOAA)
During a natural disaster, keeping the public safe is the No. 1 priority for elected officials. To that end, some District leaders took to Twitter to keep their constituents informed.
Here is a sampling:
Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells made sure everyone knew that one of his favorite taverns was serving. He even included a photo.
“Tune Inn kitchen is open for business. And plenty of booths available.” --@TommyWells
Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser is in the dark.
“Goodbye lights. So long TV. See ya later refrigerator #heardapopthenjusttherain.” --@MurielBowser
Politicians in the District often cite the proliferation of cranes as a barometer for economic development. After news spread of the dramatic skyscraper crane collapse in New York City, Mayor Vince Gray sought to put local minds at ease.
“For those concerned about construction cranes, the ones in DC are in 'weathervane' mode & designed to survive winds up to 100 mph.” --@mayorvincegray
Ward 1Councilmember Jim Graham, @JimGrahamWard1, re-tweeted New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
“I am very disappointed in those who did not listen to my order to evacuate.” --@GovChristie
Ward 8 DC Councilmember Marion Barry is safe.
"Gratefully, I am safe from the storm. The power is still on, and I'm working to keep all of you informed. Please be safe and stay home." --@marionbarryjr
The newest Councilmember, Kenyan McDuffie, knows who elects politicians in Ward 5.
“Seniors said #sandydc won't scare them off.” --@CM_McDuffie
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans will let us know when the annual Halloween drag race is re-scheduled.
“Looks like High Heel race in Dupont sched for Tues nite will be postponed. Hope to have new date soon.” --@JackEvansWard2
Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh reminded us not to forget our furry friends.
“If you have a pet, make sure there is a supply of food available for them. Be sure to take you pet with you if you have to leave home.” --@marycheh
And if you are young and seeking shelter in Ward 7, Yvette Alexander does not want to see your underwear.
P.S. I took a late afternoon drive through Rock Creek Park. The waters were churning.