Safety Tips for Conference Attendees

The well-being of attendees is the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) top priority. Each year, NAR contracts with outside experts to implement best practices in safety and security for large-scale events. NAR also works closely with local police, public safety and city officials to ensure a safe and productive meeting experience.

Below are some helpful safety tips and best practices for the two headquarter venues, Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WEWCC) and Marriott Marquis, as well as a list of local D.C. medical services.

Safety Tips for Attendees

  1. Should an emergency occur, NAR will issue push notifications via the NAR Legislative 2024 Mobile App.
  2. Remove your REALTORS® Legislative Meetings (RLM) registration badge outside of the meeting site.
  3. Sharing your RLM conference badge is strictly prohibited. Additionally, sharing the badge weakens on-site security and prevents NAR from reaching your emergency contact(s) if needed.
  4. If you lose your RLM badge, please notify a NAR staff member immediately; staff members will always be available in Registration, located in the West Salon at the WEWCC. Similarly, if you lose your hotel room key, immediately notify the hotel’s front desk.
  5. Consider ride-share services for late-night and early-morning events and meetings.
  6. When walking, stick to well-lit, busy areas. Don’t be distracted by your cell phone.
  7. Do not display hotel guestroom keys in public.
  8. It is highly recommended for guests to use the main entrance of the venues.
  9. If you see something, say something. Notify NAR staff, WEWCC or Marriott Marquis staff if you see something out-of-the-ordinary. Additionally, dial 911 for emergency assistance.
  10. Review the NAR’s Statement of Appropriate Event Conduct, which all attendees must agree to.

Best Practices at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center & Marriott Marquis

Emergency and Disaster Management

  • WEWCC & Marriott Marquis’ security team is onsite and active in each building 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Cameras are viewed and recorded throughout both venues.
  • There is an Emergency Operations Center on-site that monitors major emergencies and provides overall incident command for both venues.
  • Both venues are in direct Radio contact with the Washington D.C.’s Police for coordination and communication.
  • The WEWCC’s and Marriott Marquis’ Department of Public Safety uses the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the first-ever standardized approach to incident management and response.
NAR, WEWCC & Marriott Marquis will work in tandem to ensure the meetings are safe and clean. Since the pandemic’s onset, the venues have increased its cleaning and sanitation schedules and has installed additional hand sanitizing stations.

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Local Medical Services

Distance from the Convention Center and Marriott Marquis

Hospital with 24-hour emergency room:

Howard University Hospital [1.0 miles]
2041 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20060

Closest non-emergency care facility or “walk-in” type clinic:

Minute Clinic at CVS [500 feet]
675 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Closest Pharmacies:

CVS Pharmacy [500 feet]
675 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

CVS Pharmacy [0.2 miles]
1117 10th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001


SPA Dental Group [0.3 miles]
1201 I St, NW, Suite 110A
Washington, DC 20005

Washington D.C. Police Department:

3rd District Police Department
1620 V. Street NW, Washington DC
Emergency: 911, All other calls: 202-673-6815

Washington D.C. Fire Department:

D.C. Fire & EMS Station
1018 13th Street NW, Washington DC
Emergency: 911, All other calls: 202-673-3216