Barracks Row escapes damage in earthquake, prepares for hurricane


In light of Tuesday's earthquake and in anticipation of the arrival of Hurricane Irene this weekend, the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development has distributed some information about disaster preparedness for small business owners. Please take a few moments to plan for the unexpected! The information can be downloaded here.

Additionally, residents should also take steps to prepare for the incoming storm. Consider bringing loose items (patio furniture, planters, etc) indoors, and be prepared for any disruptions the storm may cause. The federal government provides guidance at and residents can stay informed via text message or email alerts from the District by going to