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OEM Internship Program

Posted at 11 a.m.

Our Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has launched an emergency management internship program and is accepting applications until Wednesday, Aug. 13, for this fall’s internship program.

The internship program provides an opportunity for students or recent graduates to explore career options, apply academic knowledge and skills to the workplace, gain career skills, build resumes and network with emergency management professionals throughout the National Capital Region.

Learn more about the internship program and download the application at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/internship.

Video: Chairman Sharon Bulova Encourages Residents to “Stay Safe”

Posted 3:25 p.m.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova is in the Emergency Operations Center and talks about her experience with the snow today. She recommends that residents stay safe and off the roads.  Bulova also asked that if you see someone who is unsheltered and you think could be at risk for hypothermia, call the county’s non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

Photos: Fairfax County Responds to Winter Storm Titan, March 3

Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova toured snow removal activities at critical county facilities.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova toured snow removal activities at critical county facilities.

Posted 2:30 p.m.

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3 Key Snow Shovel Tips for Today

Posted 11:45 a.m.

As the snow falls across the region today, snow removal will be top of mind. Here are three key tips to keep in mind when shoveling:

Snow shovel safety tips

1.) Help clear sidewalks in your neighborhood, especially near school bus stops for when school re-opens. The county and state do not remove snow from public sidewalks.

2.) Seconds count if a fire breaks out, so clear a 3-foot radius around hydrants in your neighborhood.

3.) If you have a history of heart disease, do not shovel without your doctor’s OK. Call 9-1-1 if there’s chest discomfort.

We have more snow removal tips, including storm drains, accessible parking spaces and more.

Police Response to Routine Accidents During Snow Event

Posted 10 a.m.

During this snow event, Fairfax County police will only be responding to accident reports that meet the following criteria:

  • Injuries.
  • Hit and run.
  • One or more vehicles are not drivable.
  • Active argument or conflict between the drivers.

If you call in a routine accident that does not meet the above criteria, you will be directed to exchange information with the other driver and to notify your insurance company.

8 Things to Know for Snow

Posted 7:44 p.m. / Updated 8:45 p.m.

As you’ve likely heard, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning until 6 p.m. Monday. Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth. The latest snowfall prediction map is here:

National Weather Service snowfall predictions.As the storm approaches, here are 8 things to know:

1.) VDOT Snow Removal: First, please stay off the roads Monday! The Virginia Department of Transportation is responsible for snow removal on most county roads. VDOT is aggressively pre-treating roads throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties in advance of the snow. You can visit www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in your neighborhood as the storm unfolds.

2.) Where to Park: VDOT recommends parking in your driveway or on the odd-numbered side of the street to allow plows room to pass. Do NOT park on county emergency routes.

3.) Neighbors: Please check in on elderly or other housebound people you may know to make sure they have supplies.

4.) Hypothermia Prevention: If you see an unsheltered person who may be at risk of hypothermia, call the police non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

5.) Pets: Don’t forget your pets — as conditions deteriorate, bring pets/companion animals inside; move other animals to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

6.) Fire Hydrants: Depending on how much snow we get, there may be a need to dig out fire hydrants. Please note their location near your home before the snow falls. If you’re able and if we get enough snow, please help dig out fire hydrants when the snow ends.

7.) Fill Your Car: If you have a car, fill your gas tank before the snow flies. Here’s more information on winterizing your vehicle.

8.) #ffxstorm: If you’re using Twitter, tell us what you see by using the hashtag #ffxstorm. This is a large storm affecting the northeast, so the more localized info the better! Follow us on Twitter at @fairfaxcounty.

Updated: Government offices, courts and schools will be closed Monday, March 3.

Library is Closed Today, Friday, Feb. 14

All branches of the Fairfax County Library will be closed  all day today, Feb. 14.  However,  the Access Services branch
located in the Fairfax County Government Center, will be open noon to 4:30 p.m.  Due dates from the snow closures will be adjusted. Library branches are expected to be open as regularly scheduled this weekend. Check website for updates.  Please note that the Library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17 for the George Washington’s Day holiday.

5 Things to Know This Morning

The snow storm is over! But there is a lot of snow and ice on the roads, parking lots and walkways.  Here are five tips to help you this morning:

1. Practice common sense. Remember that your car cannot start, stop or turn as quickly and surely on snow or ice as it does on dry pavement, so think and drive accordingly.

2. Be very cautious driving and walking in parking lots. There will be large mounds of snow impacting visibility and a lot of icy surfaces from melted and compacted snow.

3. Be aware that with the large amount of snow that was plowed, driving lanes may “disappear” and you may experience sudden lane changes.

4. Remember to remove all ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, especially from the hood, windows and roof. Snow flying off your hood, especially at high speeds, can be dangerous to the drivers behind you.

5. If your car gets stuck in snow, check your car manual for tips on how to safely get unstuck. A general rule of thumb is that you should turn your wheels from side to side a few times to push snow out of the way. Keep a light touch on the gas, and ease forward. Don’t spin you wheels – you’ll just dig in deeper. Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you’re in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.  It is always a good idea to keep a bag of sand or kitty litter in your trunk during the winter. You can sprinkle the sand/litter around your stuck tires to get traction.

 

8 Things to Know for Upcoming Snow Storm

Posted 12:53 p.m.

As you’ve likely heard, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday. Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth. The latest snowfall prediction map is here:

snowfall prection map; 8-10 inches for fairfax county

As the storm approaches, here are 8 things to know:

1.) Get Where You Need to Be Before the Weather Gets Bad: Snow is expected to start falling tonight around 8, so there’s still time to prepare.

2.) VDOT Snow Removal: The Virginia Department of Transportation is responsible for snow removal on most county roads. VDOT is aggressively pre-treating roads throughout Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington counties in advance of tonight’s heavy snow. By midnight, almost 4,000 trucks will be staged along interstates, major roads and neighborhood streets. You can visit www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in your neighborhood as the storm unfolds.

3.) Neighbors: Please check in on elderly or other housebound people you may know to make sure they have supplies.

4.) Hypothermia Prevention: If you see an unsheltered person who may be at risk of hypothermia, call the police non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

5.) Pets: Don’t forget your pets — as conditions deteriorate, bring pets/companion animals inside; move other animals to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Our Animal Shelter is offering temporary, emergency housing for cats, dogs and small companion animals. If you or someone you know needs to utilize this service, contact the shelter at 703-830-1100, extension 2, or call the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

6.) Fire Hydrants: Depending on how much snow we get, there may be a need to dig out fire hydrants. Please note their location near your home. If you’re able and if we get enough snow, please help dig out fire hydrants when the snow ends.

7.) Fill Your Car: If you have a car, fill your gas tank before the snow flies. Here’s more information on winterizing your vehicle.

8.) #ffxstorm: If you’re using Twitter, tell us what you see by using the hashtag #ffxstorm. This is a large storm affecting the northeast, so the more localized info the better! Follow us on Twitter at @fairfaxcounty.

Winter Weather Could Cause Trash/Recycling Collection Delays

Fairfax County residents should contact their trash and recycling collector directly for service schedule changes due to yesterday’s snow.

Fairfax County Courts Are Open on Wednesday, Jan. 22

The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are open today, Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Fairfax County Government offices are also open today, but employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.

See this post for more information on the operating status for other county facilities, including parks and libraries.

Fairfax County Government Open With Unscheduled Leave on Jan. 22

Government, Schools and Courts

  • Fairfax County Government offices will be open on Wednesday, Jan. 22, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed on Jan. 22. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will be closed.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court have not yet made a decision on operating status.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

  • If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
  • The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, www.restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

Public Assistance Lobbies/SkillSource

The Department of Family Services employment/SkillSource centers and public assistance lobbies may be affected by inclement weather.  Call 703-324-7500, TTY 711, for the current operating status.

Libraries

  • Library hours may be affected; call your local branch before visiting. For branch phone numbers, call 703-324-3100 or go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

View the public meetings calendar at for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.

Call 703-691-2131 to Report Anyone Who Needs Emergency Shelter in Fairfax County

If you see someone unsheltered in this extreme cold weather, call the non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

Fairfax County’s emergency homeless shelters have additional capacity during winter months to take in people overnight who are at risk of hypothermia. Emergency personnel will determine which shelter option is best in the situation. Learn more about our emergency shelters and hypothermia program.

Even after the snow passes through our area later tonight, we are facing very cold temperatures for the rest of the week. There is also a wind chill advisory until noon on Wednesday. Temperatures will feel as low as 12 degrees below zero.

If you don’t have electricity or heat, however, you can take in a movie, stroll through a shopping center or visit one of the Fairfax County Warming Centers:

You are encouraged to check the operating hours to ensure the facility is open before arriving.

Animal Shelter Providing Emergency Home for Pets in the Cold

Posted 4:45 p.m.

puppies outsideBecause the freezing temperatures predicted over the next few days may be deadly to pets, the Animal Shelter is offering temporary, emergency housing for cats, dogs and small companion animals. If you or someone you know needs to utilize this service, contact the shelter at 703-830-1100, extension 2, or call the police non-emergency number at 703-691-2131, TTY 711

For all pet owners, don’t forget your pets — bring pets/companion animals inside; move other animals to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Read some more tips to prepare your pets.

Fairfax County Operating Status for Jan. 7

Fairfax County Government offices are open on Tuesday, Jan. 7, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled. The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court also will open on regular schedule on Tuesday.

Fairfax County Public Schools are closed Tuesday, Jan. 7. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

  • If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
  • The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, www.restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

Libraries

  • Library hours may be affected; call your local branch before visiting. For branch phone numbers, call 703-324-3100 or go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

View the public meetings calendar at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/calendar/ShowCalendar.aspx for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.

Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s Web site (www.fairfaxcounty.gov), Emergency Information Blog (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog),  Facebook (www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty), Twitter (www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty), the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean or by calling the Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline at 703-817-7771, TTY 711. Fairfax County Government Radio (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/radio) will announce county government closing status and also broadcasts weather forecasts several times per hour.

Winter weather preparedness information can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/winter.

 

 

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