National Hurricane Preparedness Week: Know Our Risk

Hurricane Irene path

As last year’s path of Hurricane Irene showed, hurricane-like weather with winds, inland flooding and storm surge can impact Fairfax County. Future storms could impact us more directly.

This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week across the coastal and nearby inland areas of the United States. Here in Fairfax County, we are at risk for hurricanes and tropical storms, especially their impacts such as flooding and high winds. In fact last year as this blog began, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee visited our community with heavy rain and wind, which led to flooding and damage.

Though we may not be a coastal community on a beach, hurricanes and tropical storms can wreak havoc.

It’s important to prepare and understand our risks. In partnership with federal agencies, these short videos below provide information so you know some of the basics in order to help our whole community be better prepared. Please share these videos through email, Facebook, Twitter and other tools.

It’s also important to prepare with supplies. The Virginia Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday ends Thursday, so please take time to review the list of eligible items and save money as you prepare your family, workplace, faith community or other organization.

Hurricane Basics


Inland Flooding

Storm Surge

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

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

2 responses to “National Hurricane Preparedness Week: Know Our Risk”

  1. SPDyah00 says :

    I suppose the usually affected neighborhoods already know, but what is the best way to find & study how storm surge affect our nearby neighborhoods in Huntington & Alexandria during heavy rains from such storms?
    The county seems reluctant to share, but how do we find where else in the county is weather related flooding an issue?

  2. SPDyah00 says :

    Some of the storm surge is also caused by the local drop in barometric pressure (delta mm Hg or delta in. H2O).