Winter Preparedness Week Dec. 4-10

Snow on Route 66Old Man Winter paid an early visit to many Virginia communities at the end of October with snow accumulation and cold temperatures! Were you surprised? Were you ready?

During winter months, there could be power outages, icy roads, closed schools and businesses, and health problems associated with wind, cold and snow. If you and your family aren’t ready for winter, then take a few simple steps now to prepare.

  • Make a plan. Decide on a meeting place outside of your neighborhood if your family is separated and cannot return home because of closed roads. Choose an out-of-town relative or friend to be your family’s point of contact for emergency communications. With your family, write down your emergency plan – get a free worksheet at Click on Make a Plan for more details.
  • Get a kit. Start with these basic supplies for winter weather:
    • three days’ food.
    • three days’ water (a gallon per person per day).
    • a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries.
    • a written family emergency plan.
    • a first-aid kit.
    • medications if needed.
    • blankets and warm clothing.
    • supplies for special member of your household.
    • pet items.
    • And don’t forget an emergency kit for the car. Include an emergency thermal blanket, snack food and water, matches, jumper cables, road salt and sand, and emergency flares.
  • Stay informed. Before, during and after a winter storm, you should listen to local media for instructions from emergency officials. There may be times when you are advised to stay in place until it is safe to travel. Stay informed about winter storm watches and warnings and road conditions. You can get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or checking Sign up for emergency alerts from the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN).

Go to and print out an emergency supply checklist and a family emergency plan. You can also prepare a family emergency plan or business emergency plan at

Find more tips and resources online on the Fairfax County winter weather preparedness page. And during severe weather or other emergency event, be sure to visit this blog for the latest updates.

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.