Schools Now Closed Feb. 26; Government Offices Still Open on Time

New information as of 6:01 a.m.

County and School Status

  • Fairfax County Government offices are open today, Thursday, Feb. 26, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are closed today, Thursday, Feb. 26. School Age Child Care(SACC) centers are closed.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will open on time.

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 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit 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, restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

  • Fairfax Connector bus service may be affected by the inclement weather. Check the Connector Web page at fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.
  • For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, TTY 711, or online at fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fastran.htm.

Libraries

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

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

Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s website (www.fairfaxcounty.gov), Facebook (www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty), Twitter (www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty), Fairfax Alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts 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.

Government Offices Open Feb. 26; Unscheduled Leave Granted for Employees

Updated at 5:20 a.m.

County and School Status

  • Fairfax County Government offices are open today, Thursday, Feb. 26, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • All Fairfax County public schools will open two hours late today, Thursday, Feb. 26. All offices will open on time. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will open at 7 a.m.
  • The Fairfax County Circuit Court, General District Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court will open on time.

 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 fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit 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, restoncommunitycenter.com or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, www.mcleancenter.org for their current operating status.

 Transportation: Connector, FASTRAN

  • Fairfax Connector bus service may be affected by the inclement weather. Check the Connector Web page at fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.
  • For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, TTY 711, or online at fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fastran.htm.

 Libraries

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

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

Emergency information is available on Fairfax County’s website (www.fairfaxcounty.gov), Facebook (www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty), Twitter (www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty), Fairfax Alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts 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.

Expect Wide Range of Road Conditions Today; Check VDOT for Updates

Posted: 9:30 a.m.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), crews made significant progress plowing roads across northern Virginia overnight, however drivers will encounter a wide range of changing road conditions across the region today as snow begins to melt. Drivers are asked to be alert to ice and snow this morning, and evolving conditions such as slush and high water throughout the day. Interstates and primary roads in Fairfax County are mostly clear and wet.

Pavement temperatures are still hovering at freezing but should rise later in the day. Crews are already seeing standing water on some roads. As snow melts, drivers are asked to be cautious of this ponding, particularly in right lanes. Crews are also working to clear clogged drains where needed. Crews have also made one pass in most subdivisions during the storm, and due to snow totals will make a second pass in most areas.

Residents are encouraged to check www.vdotplows.org to see the status of plowing in their neighborhoods. Road problems should be reported to VDOT at 1-800-367-7623 or www.virginiadot.org/travel/citizen.asp.

Also, if you are out shoveling today, check out our new resource page, “Take Your Snow and Shovel It” for more information, including this guide on who removes snow:

Snow removal responsibilities

Parks and RECenters Closing at 2 p.m.; Lee District RECenter Closing at 4 p.m.

Due to the inclement weather, Park Authority programs, classes and events at park facilities, including RECenters, will close at 2 p.m., with the exception of Lee District RECenter, which will close at 4 p.m.

Also, all library branches and Neighborhood and Community Services programs, activities and facilities (including community, senior and teen centers) will close at 1 p.m. today, Saturday, Feb. 21. All Fastran routes, including charter trips and Children, Youth and Families (CYF) transportation, are canceled.

Government Offices Open Feb. 20; Unscheduled Leave Granted for Employees

Posted 7:50 p.m.

  • Fairfax County Government offices will be open on time Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, 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 are open on time on Feb. 20.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Feb. 20School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will be closed.

Status for 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.

 Status for Transportation: Connector, Fastran

Recycling and Trash

Public Meetings

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

Government Offices Open Feb. 18; Unscheduled Leave Granted

Posted 10:26 p.m.

  • Fairfax County Government offices will be open on time Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, 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 are open on time on Feb. 18.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed Feb. 18School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will be closed.

Status for 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.

 Status for Transportation: Connector, Fastran

Recycling and Trash

Public Meetings

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

Trash and Recycling Collection Cancelled; Private Trash Collection Services Likely Affected

Posted 7:30 a.m.

Due to existing road conditions, Fairfax County trash and recycling collection in sanitary districts (15 percent of county households) has been cancelled for Tuesday, Feb. 17. Collections are planned to resume in sanitary districts on Wednesday (weather and road conditions permitting) on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday and Wednesday collections customers will be collected on Wednesday, Feb. 18
  • Service will return to normal on Thursday

Please check the trash/recycling county customer website for updated service information.

Private Trash/Recycling

The impact of the winter weather may also be affecting the operations of private trash and recycling collectors. Customers of private service providers (more than 85 percent of county households) should contact their trash and recycling collector directly for any changes in service. Contact information for private trash and recycling collectors operating in Fairfax County is available online.

If your trash collection service has been postponed until another day please remove your trash containers from the curb in order to enhance the effectiveness of snow clearing operations and to avoid having your containers damaged or buried in snowbanks.

Board of Supervisors Will Meet Feb. 17 at Noon

Posted 11:14 p.m.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors meeting will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 17, however the meeting time has been changed. The meeting will begin at noon with the budget presentation by County Executive Ed Long. No presentations to the public will be held.

Also, only two afternoon public hearings will be held: Lake Anne Development Partners (Hunter Mill District) and Wesley Hamel Lewinsville (Dranesville District). All other scheduled public hearings are being deferred until the next scheduled board meeting on March 3. For more information on the Board of Supervisors and meetings, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/government/board.

Otherwise, Fairfax County government offices, courts and schools are closed Feb. 17.

Government Offices and Courts Closed Feb. 17

Posted 10:35 p.m.

County, Courts and School Status

  • Fairfax County Government offices will be CLOSED Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled. The Board of Supervisors will meet at noon.
  • Fairfax County Courts will be CLOSED on Feb. 17.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools are CLOSED Feb. 17. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will be closed.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

  • Fairfax Connector bus service may be affected by the inclement weather. Check the Connector Web page at fairfaxconnector.com for the current operating status.
  • For information about FASTRAN, call 703-222-9764, TTY 711, or online at fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/fastran.htm.

Recycling and Trash

Public Meetings

Police Accident Policy Now in Effect

Posted 6:25 p.m.

Though it’s best to stay home tonight if you can, our Police Department 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 (703-691-3121, TTY 711) that does not meet the above criteria, you will be directed to exchange information with the other driver and to notify your insurance company.

If you need to drive, have emergency supplies in your vehicle: water, food, blankets, flashlight, charged smartphone and extra batteries at a minimum.

9 Things to Know for Upcoming Snow

Posted 11:22 a.m.

As you’ve likely heard, the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning from 4 p.m. Monday to noon on Tuesday with 6-8 inches predicted for most of Fairfax County. The latest snowfall prediction map is here:

Feb. 15-16 snow predictions

As the storm approaches, here are 9 things to know:

1.) Get Where You Need to Be Before the Weather Gets Bad: Snow is expected to start falling around 4 p.m. so there’s still time to prepare.

2.) VDOT Snow Plowing: 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. By 4 p.m., 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. VDOT has more information, including key tips to prepare.

3.) Neighbors: Please make plans to check in on elderly or other housebound people to make sure they are OK and have supplies. After the storm, help dig them out if you’re nearby.

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 now. 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.) Stay Informed: We have many ways you can choose to stay informed:

9.) Shoveling: Make plans to remove snow now. Check out our new resource page, “Take Your Snow and Shovel It” for more information, including this guide on who removes snow:

Snow removal responsibilities

What Happens if You Lose Power

Posted at 8:10 p.m.

Our emergency operations center is staffed this evening and we’ve been noticing a slow, but steady rise in the number of electrical meters being reported out at both Dominion Virginia Power (report outages to 1-866-DOM-HELP [366-4357]) and Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (report outages at 1-888-335-0500).

The snow is expected to taper off soon — but winds are expected to pick up and sustain intensity overnight — and more outages and downed trees and power lines should be expected.

What happens if you do lose power tonight? Perhaps the better question is what not to do:flashlight

  • Use a flashlight only for emergency lighting. Never use candles.
  • When using a portable generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a portable generator to a home’s electrical system.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal ­burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate the unit(s) away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.

In addition:

  • Unplug electrical equipment. Spikes and surges could occur as power is restored, damaging equipment.
  • While you have electricity, be sure to charge any batteries you need to run portable electronic devices (such as cellphones) that you use regularly.
  • Make sure that your disaster supply kit is complete and that it can be found easily if the lights go out.
  • If you use well water, pre-plan by filling a bathtub with water for use with sanitation, etc.

You may also want to do some pre-planning for options should you and your family lose power late tonight — or even overnight. Are there friends you could stay with? Why not go ahead and reach out and check … just in case.

Dangerously Cold Temperatures and High Winds on the Way

Posted at 5:50 p.m.

Love is in the air, but as we posted on our Facebook page earlier today, so is the potential for dangerous wind chills (-15 degrees), frostbite, high winds (40-60 mph), power outages and some snow beginning around 6 p.m. today through Sunday afternoon. (forecast)

If you must go outside this evening, please bundle up. Also, remember to bring in pets and secure outdoor items. Plan to check in on homebound neighbors/friends too.

If you see someone outside and unsheltered, call 703-691-2131.

Dangerously cold temperatures and high winds

Possible Power Outages

With the high wind warning in effect tonight from 6 p.m. until 2 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, residents are advised that downed trees and power lines may result in power outages. Minor structural damage is possible and driving high profile vehicles in these conditions will be dangerous.

In case you lose electricity, be ready to report power outages.

With the potential for power outages, also be sure to charge your electronic devices — think your cellphone.

We’ll post additional information here as well as on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Stay connected and informed — and be sure to share with friends and family.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas from Emergency Management

Posted at 1 p.m.

Valentine’s Day is this Saturday, Feb. 14. Are you prepared?

Emergency Preparedness Gifts for Valentine's Day

There was a big snowstorm on Valentine’s Day last year, which caused a lot of problems for those last minute gift givers. While we aren’t expecting a major snowstorm this year (check the forecast), you still don’t want to wait until the last minute to get your Valentine a gift.

If you’re struggling for what to give, our Office of Emergency Management has some clever ideas for your special Valentine.

Learn more about emergency preparedness — and have a happy Valentine’s Day!

Register Now for Upcoming CERT Training Classes

Posted at 11 a.m.

If you have been waiting to take a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class, there are several upcoming training dates.CERT-logo

  • CERT 92 – At the Burke Conservancy. Classes are Monday and Wednesday from 7-9:30 p.m., March 4, 9, 11, 16, 23, 25, 30 and April 1. (Register for CERT class 92)
  • CERT 93 – At the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. Classes are Wednesday from 7-10:30 p.m., March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 8, 15, 22, and 29. (Register for CERT class 93)
  • CERT 94 – At the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. Classes are Monday and Wednesday from 7-10:30 p.m., April 29, May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20. (Register for CERT class 94)
  • CERT 95 – At the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department. Classes are on Thursday from 7-10:30 p.m., March 5, 12, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. (Register for CERT class 95)

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The CERT training program is designed to prepare you in the event of a disaster to help yourself, your family and your neighbors. Through CERT, you can learn about disaster preparedness and receive low-impact training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. This will enable you to provide immediate assistance and critical support before emergency responders arrive on the scene.

Classroom instruction also incorporates some hands-on skill development and experience in conducting a search and victim assessment.

If you have already taken a CERT class, pass along this information to your friends and family so that they can register for this valuable training and be ready too!

For more information, contact the Fire and Rescue Department Volunteer Liaison’s office at 703-246-4683, TTY 711.

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