Prepare 30 Ways in 30 Days

30 Ways in 30 Days logoEmergency preparedness can be easy. While it’s often perceived as a huge effort, it’s the little things you can do that add up to being better prepared for any type of emergency.

And preparedness should be year round, too! In that spirit, we offer these 30 ideas for you to consider in 30 days, 1 week or all in 1 day!

Your dedication to preparing your home and family helps build a stronger, more resilient community.

Fairfax Prepares Day 1
Pets: Buy an extra bag (or cans) of food for your pet.

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Cash: Withdraw some extra cash from your bank or ask for cash back at a grocery store.

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Infant/Young Children: Review your infant and young children supplies.

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Schools: Review the school preparedness resources so you’re familiar with emergency plans.

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#ffxstorm: Use this hashtag on Twitter during major local storms.

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Weather Radios: Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio.

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Power Outages: Save your power company’s phone number to report outages.

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Batteries: Pickup an extra package or two of the most commonly used batteries in your home.

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Tornado Exercise Review: Review our tornado exercise and answer questions we posed.

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See Something, Say Something: Note Virginia’s terrorism hotline.

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Wireless Emergency Alerts: New type of alert may be sent to your smartphone.

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Stay Informed: Ask a friend to sign up for at least one of our emergency information tools.

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Water, Water, Water: Calculate how much water you need for your household.

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Multiple Languages: Share emergency preparedness info in multiple languages.

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Get Involved: Review what emergency volunteer organizations do.

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Floods: Review list of roads that historically flood in Fairfax County.

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Special Needs Registry: Notify people about our registry.

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Make a Plan: Complete a family and/or business preparedness plan.

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Turning Off Utilities: Familiarize yourself with utilities and learn how to turn them off.

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Speakers Bureau: Recommend our Office of Emergency Management speak with your group.

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Calling 9-1-1: Add a new contact to your phones for the public safety non-emergency number.

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Digital Preparedness: Get yourself and your devices prepped for an emergency.

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Two Ways Out: Design two ways out of your home/apartment.

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Importance of Neighborhoods: Talk about emergency plans with your neighbors.

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Medicines: Purchase extra over-the-counter medicines you frequently use.

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Older Adults: Ensure older adults in our community are prepared.

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Take Pictures: Take pictures of all the rooms in your home so you have documentation.

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Car Preparedness: Place supplies in your car with as many items listed.

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Get Where You Need to Be: 
Think about, explore and plan for alternate routes in advance of winter.

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Pass It On!:
 Keep this list moving through our community. Share these asks and tips with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers. See the options to share below.

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