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Fairfax County Government Radio is Live Online

Streaming Live 24/7 to Keep You in Touch with Fairfax County

Posted at 1:30 p.m.

Fairfax County Government RadioAfter the June 2012 Derecho storm, we conducted a community survey about communications. Nearly 6,000 respondents answered questions and generated nearly 18,000 individual comments, which provided us with some great insight for communications during future emergencies. For example, the second highest ranked way to access emergency information was radio, only behind mobile devices.

In the feedback provided, it also was suggested by many respondents that we create our own radio station that we program ourselves, so you don’t have to wait for commercial stations to get around to sharing Fairfax County-specific messages.

So, as an after action, we have created our own Fairfax County Government radio station, an online Internet station that will be programmed and run by the Office of Public Affairs.

One day we hope to fulfill our complete audio vision of public information by fully utilizing the 1670 AM radio spectrum we currently own and producing even more audio content for the county’s SoundCloud account. For now, we’re excited to be able to provide this Internet station. You can listen online as well as on your mobile device, meaning that you’ll be able to hear Fairfax County Government Radio 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in multiple ways anywhere you may be.

And during emergencies, we will use the station to share important emergency information in an audio format, the same way we currently use other platforms — like this blog as well as our emergency alert system where you can get emergency alerts by both text and email.

The station is now live and we hope that you will tune in and listen.

New First Aid App Brings American Red Cross Safety Tips to Smart Phones

The American Red Cross has launched its official first aid app, putting free and simple lifesaving information right in the hands of smart phone users.First Aid App by the American Red Cross
 
This app is the first in a series to be created by the American Red Cross, and is available for use on both the Android and iPhone platforms. It gives instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, and includes videos and interactive quizzes. Users who take quizzes can earn badges they can share with friends through social media to show off their lifesaving knowledge.
 
The app takes critical first aid information normally stored on bookshelves and in pamphlets and places it at the fingertips of tens of millions of individuals – which will save lives. The Red Cross app includes trusted Red Cross disaster preparedness information for a number of common situations.
 
The app is free and available for iPhone and Android users. Find the app in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.
 
For more information and to download the app visit http://www.redcross.org/.

Digital Preparedness Kit

Digital preparedness is an important way to stay informed and connected before, during and after an emergency.

Here are some tips:

  • Tell your friends & family you are OK via text, Email, Twitter, Facebookand other social media. Avoid calling by phone.
  • Make sure your mobile phone has an electric charger, inverter or solar charger.
  • Know how to use your phone to communicate; for example, using WiFi versus a carrier’s network has differences; texting takes less bandwidth than phone calls.
  • Charge your digital cameraor buy batteries for your film camera if you need to document storm damage afterwards.
  • Save important phone numbers to your phone.

Visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/digital-preparedness.htm for some recommended tools, too.

Mobile Information for Hurricane Irene

Mobile Emergency HomepageStay connected on your mobile device before, during and after Hurricane Irene with the following resources:

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