Fairfax Prepares: 30 Ways in 30 Days

Posted 2:39 p.m.

30 Ways in 30 Days logoAre you properly prepared for the next emergency that will affect our community?

Can we give you 30 ideas?

In the last two years, we’ve experienced a derecho storm, floods, tropical storms, major snow and an earthquake. We’re always at risk for other incidents such as terrorism.

Our whole community needs to be prepared and you can do your part.

September is National Preparedness Month. Beginning Saturday, we will launch a campaign called “Fairfax Prepares: 30 Ways in 30 Days.”

We encourage your participation and, even more importantly, your willingness to share these tips with your family, friends, coworkers, faith community, interest groups and neighbors.

As we’ve seen in the Gulf Coast this week, seven years ago there with Hurricane Katrina and elsewhere around the United States, personal preparedness is one key to reducing the impact of an incident.

Here’s how this campaign works:

  1. Each day, we will post a new preparedness idea on our emergency blog for you to consider.
  2. Each idea will have an “ask” for you to accomplish — something practical.
  3. When you complete the ask (or if you were already prepared for a specific tip), then tell us through one or many of these ways:
    • Post a quick reply in the blog comments section such as “I’ve done this.”
    • Use the Twitter hashtag #fairfaxprepares and tweet your accomplishment.
    • Like our special Facebook page for this campaign to leave comments and share tips.
    • Email us at publicaffairs@fairfaxcounty.gov that you accomplished an ask.

Try to accomplish as many asks as you can in the 30 days (all asks may not apply for example, if you don’t have pets). Tell us how you customized an ask for your family or personal situation. And again, please share these tips with your networks of friends, neighbors, faith community members and more.

Thanks for contributing to our whole community’s preparedness efforts!


About Fairfax County Emergency Information

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

3 responses to “Fairfax Prepares: 30 Ways in 30 Days”

  1. Stephen Brown says :

    Does the County have any information about purchase and installation of large (larger than stand alone gasoline powered) generators that would run on natural gas? Washington Gas had a program but now says they no longer do that. Perhaps a count-wide approach would enable more residents to install these types of supports (at their own expense) that would also enable neighbors to share power during an emergency when usual sources are interrupted. Any information on larger natural gas generators would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Stephen: The building code must be followed for permanent installation of a generator to comply with noise, environmental and safety requirements. You may call 703-222-0801 for more info. We do not provide information concerning the type or capacity of a generator nor any information about brands. Thanks for the question and the ideas.