Storm Aftermath: What You Need to Know

Posted 1:16 a.m.

A major line of storms roared through our area this evening causing many issues, including two confirmed fatalities and more than 100 homes damaged by fallen trees.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Please only call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency; do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages.

  • Approximately 20,000 Fairfax County residents are without power. 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

  • Stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity.
  • It’s going to be very hot again Saturday as heat index values will be close to 104. Power may not be restored to all residents immediately. Please start making plans to seek shelter during the heat with friends, family or neighbors, as well as at public buildings such as libraries, movie theathers, shopping malls and other community facilities. Please check in on vulnerable neighbors who may need assistance without power. Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Don’t use candles during outages; stick with battery power. If you must use a candle, never leave it unattended or while asleep.
  • Several roadways are closed in Fairfax County with many more covered in debris (mainly tree limbs).
  • Here’s who to call to have trees removed if on public property.
  • If power remains out and affects traffic lights, please obey these traffic rules.

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

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

8 responses to “Storm Aftermath: What You Need to Know”

  1. Ruth Altheim says :

    Where is the County’s office of emergency response to assist the 400,000 residents facing a second night without power and Dominion still ‘assessing’ after 22 Hours of power outages? In md & dc, there are dozens of cooling sites for residents without power. In Fairfax county, not a single generator cooled facility! Outrageous! It appears that my local govt has an oer dept that only tells us, by posting lists, how to prepare in advance of a storm. actionless!

  2. Finneran says :

    I don’t understand why one side of the street has powert and not the other side does not.
    I am surrounded by people with power and have been this way for the last 12 plus hours

  3. wcurr says :

    Useless. Fairfax County is useless. High paid, useless.

  4. wcurr says :

    Ruth – Ffx County has spent tons of county and federal funds on emergency ops centers…oh wait, you were asking about something useful. sorry.

  5. charles says :

    After searching all the fairfax county sites — glad to see where all that money is going (oops, they are useless) — I found the answer. The darned storm came on a weekend.