Pass It On! Fairfax Prepares Day 30

Posted 3:15 p.m.

day 30 iconWe’ve reached Day 30.

First, thank you to everyone who has tweeted, emailed, left comments on our Facebook page, and shared these 30 ideas and asks for the last month. Your dedication to preparing your home and family helps build a stronger, more resilient community. We hope you have found this series useful. Let us know what you thought of the information in the comments section below.

We have one final ask.

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: Share all 30 asks with at least one person (but we recommend many more!). Keep this cycle of information moving throughout our whole community so we take small, easy steps toward more personal preparedness.

The 30 asks (click each link for more details):

  1. Pets: Buy an extra bag (or cans) of food for your pet the next time you go to the store.
  2. Cash: Withdraw some extra cash from your bank or ask for cash back at a grocery store.
  3. Infant/Young Children: Review your infant and young children supplies that are essential to you as a parent or someone who may be taking care of a young child.
  4. Schools: Review the school preparedness resources so you’re familiar with emergency response plans.
  5. Emergency Survey: Though now completed, please sign up for at least one of our emergency information tools.
  6. Weather Radios: Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio.
  7. Power Outages: Save your power company’s phone number to report outages on paper, phone or other device so you can access it safely.
  8. Batteries: Pickup an extra package or two of the most commonly used batteries in your home.
  9. Tornado Exercise Review: Review our series of blog posts from the tornado exercise and ask yourselves the various questions we posed.
  10. See Something, Say Something: Write down or save to your phone Virginia’s terrorism hotline phone number to report suspicious activities.
  11. Remember: Take a moment of silence today, in whatever way you choose, to remember Sept. 11, 2001, or victims of other disasters and incidents.
  12. Stay Informed: Ask a friend to sign up for at least one of our emergency information tools.
  13. Water, Water, Water: Calculate how much water you need for your household and purchase the appropriate number of gallons.
  14. Multiple Languages: Share emergency preparedness info in multiple languages.
  15. Get Involved: Review what the Citizen Corps or other emergency volunteer organizations do so you’re aware of them in case you decide later (or after an incident) that you want to join.
  16. Floods: Review list of roads that historically flood in Fairfax County and note which ones are near your home or part of your commute.
  17. Special Needs Registry: If you know someone with special medical needs or of an organization that helps people with social needs, please notify them of our Special Needs Registry.
  18. Make a Plan: Complete a family and/or business preparedness plan.
  19. Turning Off Utilities: Familiarize yourself with what utilities you have in your home and learn how to turn them off.
  20. Speakers Bureau: Recommend our Office of Emergency Management to speak with your group.
  21. Calling 9-1-1: Add a new contact to your phones for the public safety non-emergency number at 703-691-2131.
  22. How Ready Are You?: Test your Readiness Quotient.
  23. Two Ways Out: Design two ways out of your home/apartment.
  24. Importance of Neighborhoods: Talk about emergency preparedness plans with your neighbors.
  25. Medicines: Purchase extra over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin or children’s medications you frequently use.
  26. Earthquakes: Register for the Great SouthEast ShakeOut or review earthquake preparedness tips.
  27. Take Pictures: Take pictures of all the rooms in your home so you have documentation of what you own.
  28. Car Preparedness: Find a small bag and place in your car with as many items listed above as possible.
  29. Get Where You Need to Be: Think about, explore and plan for alternate routes in advance of winter.
  30. Pass It On!: Keep this list moving through our community. Share these asks and tips with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers and members of your house of worship.

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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One response to “Pass It On! Fairfax Prepares Day 30”

  1. Anonymous says :

    This was an EXCELLENT 30-day presentation. Many great ideas! Thanks!