Inauguration Security – What to Expect — The Beltway Times


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Detailed Maps, Official Security Twitter Accounts, Text Alerts, and Metro Information

Inauguration Security personnel will be comprised of 28,000 officials including the Secret Service, National Guard, F.B.I., and police – including many plainclothes officials in the crowd. Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson, held a press conference on Friday, which outlined security measures for the event. There will be soft vehicle perimeters, which allow traffic for only those who live or work in the area. The hard vehicle perimeters will be heavily fortified by trucks, dumpsters, and busses to prevent entry into the area.

A detailed, printable map of the city with clearly marked vehicle zones and pedestrian routes may be found on the Secret Service’s website here.

Johnson estimated that the city expects 700,000 to 900,000 visitors. Fox News reported that Sen. Roy Blunt, chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies said that there may be as many as 750,000 protesters alone. Blunt told Yahoo “What the intelligence community says publicly is what they say privately, and that is more threats from more directions than ever before.”

Security expects 99 different organizations to demonstrate based on information gathered from permit applications and via social media. The protest groups will be assigned to areas that are far apart from each other. Drones are banned, but in case one is seen, Johnson said “It is something we have planned for, and there is technology to deal with it.” Yahoo reported that ”The FBI will have radiation and chemical and biological detectors around the area.”

Security gates open at 6 a.m. and public swearing-in begins at noon. A 2.7 square mile area will be cordoned off and those walking in the area will be closely inspected. The list of items pedestrians are restricted from carrying may be found on the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s website here.

Street closings may begin as early as Thursday at 3 a.m. Driving is not recommended, so the Metro service is the best way to travel within the city. The Metro’s special inauguration schedule may be found here. Metro fare cards are no longer available online for Inauguration Day, but they strongly advise travelers to purchase cards in advance in to avoid long lines on January 20th. The cards will be available at Metrorail stations and some local CVS stores.

The D.C. Metropolitan Police recommend following this list of Twitter accounts for security updates. Search using the hashtag #inaug2017.

  • Secret Service – @SecretService
  • Joint Task Force-National Capital Region – @MDW_USARMY
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security – @DHSgov
  • National Terrorism Advisory System – @NTASAlerts
  • Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies – @JCCIC
  • D.C. Government Agencies – @inaug2017

Metro lists three Twitter accounts.

To receive free emergency alerts and public notifications regarding the Inauguration, text the word “INAUG” to 888777. Text messaging fees may apply according to your cellular plan.

To receive Metro inauguration service info and alerts, text POTUS to 90360 Standard text message rates apply

The full inauguration schedule may be found here.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s website has additional inauguration information here.