June 29 Storm Report

Damage in Dranesville/Great Falls areaWhat a storm.

What we experienced on June 29 was not a common occurrence in Fairfax County, according to an analysis from the National Weather Service.

This storm tested all of us. You as individuals in your homes, many without power. Businesses. Utility companies. Nonprofits. Faith communities. And yes, us, the government.

At today’s Board of Supervisors meeting, County Executive Ed Long presented a report about the storm, county government’s response, issues with 9-1-1 and many more details about what we do behind the scenes that does not often get highlighted on our blog posts during storm response.

We invite you to review the report. Are there gaps and issues that need to be addressed? Yes, there are always ways to improve emergency response and our Office of Emergency Management will lead a formal after action report for the whole government.

So what can you do? What kind of family or business “report” should you consider? What steps can you take for the next time?

Prepare.

As many of you experienced the unfortunate combination of no power and a major heat wave, we as one community need to take steps to ensure we’re ready for the next storm, flood, terrorism act or whatever may come next.

Here are a few things to consider:

  1. Are you going to the grocery store this week? Pick up some extra water for your family. Stock up on batteries. Get some other basic supplies so you are ready.
  2. Learn some key digital preparedness tips. Many of us learned how dependent we are on communications during this storm when it was difficult to access the Internet and other tools. Get prepared digitally.
  3. Please make plans for the most vulnerable in your family or neighborhood. If there are special medical or social needs, register with us so we can contact you directly after an incident.
  4. Please make plans for your pets. Try to think of places they can go, supplies they need and more. Pets are such an important part of many of our lives, but they need plans, too.

There are many other ways to prepare and be ready for the next incident. We need you to be ready because we the government at any level (local, state or federal) may not be able to respond and help right away. The general idea is to be self sufficient for 72 hours. Check out these resources to help plan:

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.

4 responses to “June 29 Storm Report”

  1. Anonymous says :

    How and when will Fairfax county deal with the debris from the storm that is all along the roads?

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      We have been continuing to conduct a street-by-street clean-up effort within our trash and recycling collection service areas – sanitary districts. The exact time frame for collecting debris from specific streets in those areas is unclear given that some streets have more debris than others; however, we hope to complete passing through all service areas by next week.

      Residents that contract with private trash and recycling collection companies for the removal of waste need to contact your service provider for specific collection details and instructions for the collection of storm debris. You may also choose to self-haul storm debris to the Recycling and Disposal Centers at either the I-66 Transfer Station or I-95 Landfill Complex at a cost of $5 per load. For more information about debris and tree removal, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/recover/debris.htm

  2. Charles Emmling says :

    Dominion Power’s emergency line was completely useless. A canned recorded message saying we can’t tell you anything and give any specifics is a disgrace. They certainly know where the outages are and even if the response is it will take 3/4 days that’s better than the claptrap we received.

    An unhappy Fairfax County voter!!!

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