County Government Preparations for Hurricane Sandy

Posted 3:46 p.m.

We’ve already asked you to get prepared for Hurricane Sandy and we will continue to ask as the storm approaches.

Here’s a selected snapshot of what we’re doing to prepare:

  • Public works will be examining and clearing drains at areas known to flood.
  • Our Facilities Management Department is checking on generators at county facilities to ensure operations can continue.
  • The Police Department is pre-staging supplies and resources throughout the county for traffic and other issues.
  • Our Fire and Rescue Department is also preparing, including pre-deploying swift water rescue equipment.
  • The Health Department is coordinating with local hospitals, nursing homes, and dialysis centers about emergency plans.
  • Human services agencies are making plans for the most vulnerable in our community, as well as planning any shelters that may be needed. Programs like Meals on Wheels delivered shelf-ready food today in case deliveries can’t be made early next week and residents lose power.
  • County agencies have talked with utility companies such as telephone and power, as well as other government agencies such as the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Here’s a video of Deputy County Executive for Public Safety Dave Rohrer describing what we’re doing and also encouraging you to prepare, too.

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11 responses to “County Government Preparations for Hurricane Sandy”

  1. Rose says :

    What if power goes out and my family needs emergency shelter? Doesn’t the county have a place to go to in a time like that? A school gym, government center hall, anything?

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Hi Rose: If there’s a need to open an official shelter, we will certainlly announce it. We suggest that you try to make arrangements with family or friends in case you need shelter. If it’s safe to travel, you can certainly drop by libraries or other county facilities that may be open during regular business hours. You could also think about preparing your home with an emergency supply kit so you can possibly stay in your home without power. Water, non-perishable food, flashlights, batteries and more:

  2. Marcela Shirsat says :

    My dog is a special needs pet requiring medication for her heart failure. Are there any shelters in the area that will allow us to bring our pets with us?

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Marcela, it’s too early to know what kind of shelters may open, if any, based on needs at the time. Best bet right now is to see if you can make alternative arrangements in case shelters won’t accept animals and/or they won’t be able to stay with you in a shelter. Thanks.

  3. H Anderson says :

    It would be really helpful to have shelter information in advance, especially once power might go out, we don’t have internet access! I live near Edison, and in the past this has served as a welcome shelter for both people & their pets. I hope this option might still be available.

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      H: Thanks for the question. We can’t pre-publicize locations since we don’t know where the hardest hit areas will be. Some of the shelter locations may even be impacted. It puts people in harms way if they go to where they think a shelter is and it’s not able to be opened. If you lose power, please stay tuned to local news radio stations as we will share the info with the media.

  4. Helen says :

    Are you going to be collecting trash/recycling on Monday?

  5. johana says :

    Is the Fairfax connector going to work tomorrow??

  6. Michael says :

    When will a decision about whether or not Fairfax County Government offices will be open tomorrow (Monday) be made?

  7. Joseph Gillmer says :

    Is the zoning meeting for the Board of Supervisors still on for 3:00 pm today (Tuesday, October 30, 2012)?