The Importance of Neighborhoods: Fairfax Prepares Day 24

Posted 4:30 p.m.

day 24 iconA community working together during an emergency makes sense.

Whether it’s in response to a derecho storm, snowstorm, terrorist incident or another type of issue, it’s a good idea to try and come together. We recognize that we live in all sizes and shapes of communities – some with defined homeowners associations, some with more active apartment living scenes and some in a single house away from main roads. Whatever your housing choice, try and connect with neighbors so you can seek or give support when it may be needed.

A few ideas:

  • Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together during an emergency.
  • Find out if anyone has specialized equipment like a power generator, or expertise such as medical knowledge, that might help in a crisis.
  • Decide who will check on elderly or disabled neighbors.
  • Make back-up plans for children in case you can’t get home in an emergency.
  • Share plans and communicate in advance.

Emergency response is one of the most important responsibilities of local government, but government alone can’t respond. Families, neighborhoods, businesses, houses of worship and many others in our large, diverse community must be prepared, at a minimum, to be self-sufficient for three days.

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: Within the next two months, talk about emergency preparedness plans with your neighbors – either through a formal HOA meeting, apartment community meeting or simply one-on-one with the people you know best on your street or in your building. If you need someone from our Office of Emergency Management to speak, let us know.

TELL US you’ve done this:

  • Post a quick reply in this blog’s comments section below such as “I’ve done this.”
  • Use the Twitter hashtag #fairfaxprepares and tweet your accomplishment. Include photos if you’d like.
  • Like our special Facebook page for this campaign to leave comments and share tips with your friends.
  • Email us at that you accomplished an ask.


  • Click the links below to email, share on social media or print a hard copy. Thanks!

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

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