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Turning Off Utilities: Fairfax Prepares Day 19

Posted 4:32 p.m.

day 19 iconIn the aftermath of an incident, you may be required to turn off certain utilities in your home such as gas, water and electricity to control additional damage from a disaster.

It’s important to be prepared to do this.

  • Locate the electric, gas and water shut-off valves.
  • Keep necessary tools near gas and water shut-off valves.
  • Teach family members how to turn off utilities.
  • If you turn the gas off, a professional must turn it back on. Do not attempt to do this yourself.

If you rent an apartment, you may not have access to all of these utilities as some are common to a whole building, so be aware of what you are responsible for. If you have elderly neighbors who need assistance turning off utilities, please consider lending a hand.

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: This weekend, familiarize yourself with what utilities you have in your home and learn how to turn them off, keep the needed tools nearby and teach others who live with you to know how, too. View this excellent resource from a fellow emergency management office that describes some of the basics.

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Water, Water, Water: Fairfax Prepares Day 13

Posted 3:48 p.m.

day 13 iconWe all need water. It’s that simple.

Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Your regular water source could be cut-off or compromised through contamination. During the June derecho storm, portions of Tysons Corner and Merrifield were under a boil water advisory.

To determine your household water needs, take the following into account:

  • One gallon of water per person (and pet) per day is recommended for drinking and sanitation.
  • Keep at least a three-day supply of water per person and pet in your home.
  • Children, nursing mothers and sick people may need more water.
  • A medical emergency might require additional water.

Cups of water

You should purchase commercially bottled water to prepare the safest and most reliable water supply during an emergency. Keep bottled water in its original container and do not open until you need to use it. Observe the expiration or “use by” date. Store in cool, dark place.

We can’t emphasize enough how important water is during various types of emergencies that may impact our community. Please work to stock your home with water.

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: This weekend, calculate how much water you need for your household and purchase the appropriate number of gallons following the storage advice above.

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  • Post a quick reply in this blog’s comments section below such as “I’ve done this.”
  • Use the Twitter hashtag #fairfaxprepares and tweet your accomplishment. Include photos if you’d like.
  • Like our special Facebook page for this campaign to leave comments and share tips with your friends.
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Boil Water Advisory Lifted for Falls Church Water Utility Customers in Tysons, Vienna, and Dunn Loring

Posted 2:40 p.m.

The Boil Water Advisory for Falls Church Water customers in Tysons Corner, Vienna and Dunn Loring has been lifted. Customers no longer need to boil or treat tap water for drinking or cooking.

 Two rounds of bacteriological testing were performed as advised by the Virginia Department of Health and came back negative. At no time did the Falls Church Water Utility have evidence of harmful substances in the water.

 There are no water restrictions in place.

 Falls Church Water Utility Customer Service is available at 703-248-5071.

Updated Boil Water Advisory Area Map

Posted: 4:33 p.m.; Updated 5:07 p.m.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR WATER CUSTOMERS IN TYSONS, VIENNA, DUNN LORING, UPDATED (webpage):

  • The Boil Water Advisory continues for Tysons, Dunn Loring, and Vienna.
  • Merrifield now no longer included (based on reevaluation of area affected).
  • Prepare to boil water at least through Monday night, July 2. This is the timing needed for proper testing. Families should be prepared.
  • All pumping stations back at full power.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Falls Church Water Utility advises water customers in portions of Tysons Corner, Vienna, and Dunn Loring to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. This precaution is necessary due to a drop in water pressure.

Fairfax Water’s systems are operating normally.  There are no restrictions in place.  If you are a Fairfax Water customer, you do not need to boil your water.

Customers are advised not to drink tap water without boiling it first. Failure to follow this advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness.

 

If you are not sure if you are affected by this advisory, view the map below.

Boil Water Advisory Map

Click to view expanded image.

Storm Aftermath Update: Sunday Morning

Posted: 6:12 a.m.

A state of emergency remains in effect for Fairfax County and Virginia as a result of the severe storms that impacted our area Friday night.

Here’s what you need to know this morning:

9-1-1 and Non-Emergency Numbers

  • Please only call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency; do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages.
  • If you need to call public safety for a non-emergency, please use these alternate numbers: 703-691-7561 or 703-691-3680.  Do not call these numbers for power outage information.

Power

  • Of 420,668 Fairfax customers, 155,180 Dominion customers and 1,252 NOVEC customers are without power.  
  • Stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity.
  • Do not use candles as they may pose a fire threat.
  • If you have lost power or know people who have, please report the outage:
    • Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; view outage map
    • NOVEC (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative) outages and downed wires: 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711; view outage reports

Water

  • Boil water notice is in effect for portions of Tysons, Vienna, Dunn Loring and Merrifield (Falls Church water customers). Fairfax Water customers do not need to boil water. More details and map.

Roads

  • Treat intersections with traffic lights that are out or flashing as four-way stops; the driver on the right has the right-of-way. Traffic rules during power outages.
  • For the latest info, call VDOT at 511 or 1-800-FOR-ROAD.

Heat Relief Options

High temperatures continue today. Here are tips for keeping cool and safe. County facilities will be open for those without power and others seeking relief from the heat (pets cannot be accommodated).  These facilities include:

  • Lee District RECenter
    6601 Telegraph Road
    Franconia, Va.
    703-922-9841
    Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Mount Vernon RECenter
    2017 Belle View Blvd.
    Alexandria, Va.
    703-768-3224
    Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • South Run RECenter
    7550 Reservation Drive
    Springfield, Va.
    703-866-0566
    Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Cub Run RECenter
    4630 Stonecroft Blvd.
    Chantilly, Va.20151
    703-817-9407
    Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Burke Centre Library
    5935 Freds Oak Road
    Burke, Va.
    703-249-1520
    Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.

Additionally, regional libraries with power will be open to the public. Please call to confirm. Centreville – 703-830-2223; Chantilly – 703-502-3883; City of Fairfax – 703-293-6227; George Mason – 703-256-3800; Pohick – 703-644-7333; Reston – 703-689-2700; Sherwood – 703-765-3645; Tysons Pimmit – 703-790-8088.

Mosquitoes: Eliminate Standing Water

Fight the Bite logoThere is a potential risk of mosquito-borne diseases in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. The Fairfax County Health Department urges residents to empty containers containing water from around their home and to use personal protection when mosquito exposure is likely.

Following the storm, there is the likelihood of more standing water around homes. The standing water resulting from the storm may initiate the hatching of large numbers of mosquitoes in coming weeks, increasing the potential for human infection from mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile virus. People who are working outdoors or do not have screens in their windows will be at increased risk of being bitten. People over 50 years of age are at increased risk for serious complications from West Nile virus.

The Health Department recommends the following tips to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:

  • Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.
  • Use insect repellents that contain one of the following active ingredients: picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, or no more than 50 percent DEET for adults and no more than 30 percent for children.  Always follow instructions when using insect repellents.
  • Turn over or remove containers in your yard where water collects, such as old tires, potted plant trays, buckets and toys. 
  • Eliminate standing water on tarps or flat roofs.
  • Clean out birdbaths and wading pools once a week. 
  • Clean roof gutters and downspout screens regularly.
  • Repair screens on doors and windows.
  • Eliminate standing water on your property when possible. For standing water that cannot be eliminated, use a mosquito larvicide to reduce the chances that mosquitoes will breed in the water. Always follow label instructions when using an insecticide.

More information can be found at: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/westnile/wnveliminate.htm

Important Phone Numbers

Cell PhoneSave these to your phone or write them down now in case you lose electricity.

Emergency Phone Number

  • 9-1-1, TTY 911, for police, fire, ambulance

Public Safety Non-Emergency

  • 703-691-2131, TTY 703-204-2264

Roads

Tree Removal

  • View above link for full details of who to call regarding downed trees. In all cases, stay away from downed wires near downed trees.

Utilities

Natural Gas

  • Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520 or 703-750-1400, TTY 711
  • Columbia Gas: 1-800-544-5606, TTY 1-800-231-3238

Power

  • BGE outages: 877-778-2222; downed wires: 800-685-0123; view outage map
  • Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; view outage map
  • NOVEC (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative) outages and downed wires: 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711; view outage reports
  • Pepco outages: 1-877-737-2662; downed wires: 202-872-343; view outage map

Water

  • Fairfax Water at 703-698-5800, TTY 703-698-7025. After hours, call 703-698-5613, TTY 711

More Utility Company Information

Flooding

  • Rising water that threatens your safety, call 9-1-1
  • Storm flooding during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.), call 703-877-2800, TTY 711
  • For after-hours storm flooding emergencies that are not life threatening, call 703-323-1211, TTY 703-239-8498, and state that you are reporting a storm sewer emergency
  • For sanitary sewer flooding, call 703-323-1211, TTY 703-239-8498
  • If you have damp walls or floors, contact a water removal or restoration company

Full List of Important Phone Numbers

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