Are You Planning Ahead?

By Kayla Day

Security is of the utmost importance in a city like Washington, D.C., a city filled with important politicians, major tourist destinations, and unlimited opportunities. So, it is not surprising that with the 57th inauguration quickly approaching, the media has posted various articles informing the public of the increased security measures. Here’s a list of what to look out for with the increased security measures:

Prohibited items- this list of items WILL NOT be allowed at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration (see full list here)

  • Firearms (real or fake)
  • Signs/posters
  • Laser pointers
  • Animals (other than service dogs)
  • Explosives (including fireworks)
  • Mace/Pepper spray
  • Strollers
  • Umbrellas (hopefully the sky will be clear on Monday!)

In addition to the security check points, military dogs will also be used during the inaugural festivities. The military dogs will be used at and around venues and will perform sweeps during the inauguration. Uniformed police will also be a noticeable presence throughout the day on Monday.

Increased security measures are being enacted as a preventative step to keep everyone in attendance safe. The media is providing all of this information early enough so there are no surprises when you get to the security checkpoints. The security measures have been increased for Obama’s second inauguration because of the threats at his first inauguration. Threats are always common, and of course the Obama administration does not take any of them lightly.

The safety of President Obama and the public are of utmost important during this monumental day. While you may experience data traffic with your smartphone, DC will be installing extra cell towers to offer a little bit of extra safety. In case the unexplainable happens, here’s how to prepare for a possible data shortage and how to get the most use out of your phone on Monday:

How major cellphone companies plan to attempt a data increase for the inauguration (courtesy of the Washington Post)

How major cellphone companies plan to attempt a data increase for the inauguration (courtesy of the Washington Post)

If you are able to find an area where your phone works, there is an official inauguration app that you can download to gain access to maps and tips for inauguration day.

Whether you are traveling to the inauguration or you have family attending in Washington D.C., the media recommends that in case of an emergency, remain calm and use your phone once you reach safety. Even if there is no emergency, it is best to remember that cell phones will be slower due to the amount of people.

It will make the inauguration a much better experience for everyone attending if you remain respectful, patient, and cooperative with law enforcement officials.


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