State of Emergency Declared; View Latest Updates

Posted 2:27 p.m.

Fairfax County has declared a state of emergency in advance of Hurricane Sandy. This dangerous storm will affect us countywide with flooding, power outages, traffic issues, downed trees damaged buildings and more throughout the county. Public schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

Please do not fail to make preparations because you believe the storm is going to miss us. This storm will affect us for days.

The most significant impact will be Monday morning to Tuesday morning.  The storm should completely leave the area by Wednesday afternoon.

  • Winds: 35-45 mph sustained with gusts to 60 mph.
  • Rain: 4-8 inches with the majority in the 24-hour period from Monday morning to Tuesday morning.

The county will activate its emergency operations center tonight at 6 p.m. At the same time, Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, County Executive Ed Long and other officials will answer your questions in an online discussion. Please submit questions now, follow along live at 6 p.m. and/or check the transcript later tonight.

Flooding

turn around don't drownAs the rain approaches and increases, we absolutely need you to follow this advice if you have a need to be outside:

  • Turn around, don’t drown if you have a need to drive. Never drive through standing water on a roadway — turn around, don’t drown. Water may be much deeper than you think.
  • Do not allow children to play near creeks or other bodies of water that may rise rapidly.
  • If you live in low-lying areas that have flooded before, move vehicles to higher ground. Try to avoid parking under trees when possible. Move any valuables from the basement, especially if your basement has flooded before.

High Winds

A high wind warning is in effect from 8 a.m. Monday to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, Halloween decorations and other items so they do not blow away or pose a threat to property or people.
  • Remove dead limbs on trees that could fall on your property (home, car, land).

Power Outages

It’s very likely many parts of our community will lose power and you may be without power for days. Please be prepared with emergency supplies, cash on hand, fill your gas tank and have a plan in case you need to find a new place to stay.

Neighbors and Neighborhoods

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.

Try and connect with neighbors so you can seek or give support when it may be needed:

  • 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.

Stay Informed

  • Share this blog post with your family/friends/coworkers and ask them to subscribe to posts by email. This blog will provide updates throughout the storm.
  • Sign up for our Community Emergency Alert Network text/email updates that will provide weather alerts and other critical information.
  • If you use social media sites, then follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Be an information ambassador for us and share/retweet updates. If using Twitter, help us see local tweets by using the hashtag #ffxstorm
  • Keep up to date with local conditions – follow TV and radio reports from your area, or visit http://www.weather.gov (http://mobile.weather.gov on your phone) for the latest forecast.
  • Download our county mobile apps with emergency information and get the American Red Cross “Hurricane” app – AndroidApple.

 

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

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

145 responses to “State of Emergency Declared; View Latest Updates”

  1. Anonymous says :

    what about the rest of Fairfax county employees?

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Decisions about county government employees will be made later. Please stay tuned. Thanks.

      • Anonymous says :

        Can you please define “later”? We want to leave town to inlaws to the west that won’t be hit as hard.

      • Ken says :

        Where can we download storm a surge map of Fairfax County and a map of areas that historically flood?

    • anonymous says :

      -WE- are expendable

      • Anonymous says :

        I think it’s ridiculous not to make an announcement about county employees.

        the county always delays in an effort not to make the public angry that they are losing out on a day of taxpayer services, but the employees are the ones who are severely affected.

        during the snow storm last year, i was stuck in a car with no food or water and a potty training 2 year old for 7 hours because the county failed to make a timely decision to close early. and then i turned around and came in first thing in the morning on ice-packed roads because they failed to close the next day too. is losing a day of service this week worth risking lives on the road with 50+ mph winds, rain and flooding at 8am and 430pm?

        the county preaches emergency preparedness – but how can we even make a plan or evacuate if no decision is made?

        • anonymous says :

          We commute on OUR time and some employees come for West Virginia. If one of us is killed on our commute………. Tough

        • Keisha says :

          Thank you for this response, I often feel as an employee our safety is never a priority….

      • Keisha says :

        Pretty much…

    • Anonymous says :

      Federal Government offices are closed on Monday – has Fairfax County decided the same for their government employees?

    • Ann says :

      They are having a meeting at 7PM to decide….keep your fingers crossed. I travel over an hour and a half. I really don’t feel like coming in tomorrow just to browse the internet for a few hours, and then get stuck in traffic during the WORST part of the storm!

      • Anonymous says :

        I agree with Ann. Also the taxpayers need to know we are people too, we need to be safe also.

    • Anonymous says :

      Metro service will not be running. The same for all other train service. Check Wamta and vre. Government center should be closed if no one can get there.

    • Anonymous says :

      Just heard the government center is closed Monday, but have no other details.

  2. Anonymous says :

    When will you decide on having county offices open monday and tuesday?

  3. Anonymous says :

    Please announce leave for employees. We need to plan for our families. We can’t be prepared for the next two days without knowing. Also, the earlier you announce the better. I am worried about losing power over night – during the drrecho i had no cell service either.

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Decisions about county government employees will be made later. Please stay tuned. Thanks.

      • Anonymous says :

        What time will they be made. My childcare is closed tomorrow because federal government. I have to pay a NR deposit to secure a spot for my childcare tomorrow. Hopefully not too late to get a spot, but don’t want to pay unnecessarily. Why do the teachers get advanced notice? Is FCPS separate from Fairfax County and the people who do the emergency planning?

    • Vaneya says :

      I agree and feel the same way about planning ahead for our families. (especialy when we have children or teens)

  4. Holly says :

    Can you provide a list of emergency shelters that will be open in Fairfax County? Will pets be allowed? We live in 22042 zip code.

    -Holly Maginniss

  5. Blake Scioneaux from the Noman Cole Pollution Control Plant in Lorton. says :

    When will you announce If Government Employees will have to come in or not?

  6. Mike says :

    Will there be trash pick up on Monday. You have reccommended bringing trash cans inside.

  7. Anonymous says :

    Will the rec centers be closed?

  8. test2ddy says :

    Will courts be open on Tuesday?

    • cashtrumpslife says :

      Inclement weather, emergencies or changes in the Court’s operation:

      The court rarely closes unless the weather is extremely hazardous or if emergencies arise that impact normal Court operation. When that occurs, local radio and television stations will be notified and requested to announce the closing. Important announcements are also posted on the County of Fairfax Web Page.

      You may contact 703-246-SNOW (7669) for detailed closing information.

      The state court system is even stingier than the county gubment. The clerks also hate re-scheduling court dates. Hope this helps.

  9. Anonymous says :

    I can see limbs resting on power wires on FCPA property. Is there someone I can contact to have them trimmed? I know it’s late in the game, but would feel better to report it.

  10. Mary Fletcher Jones says :

    Not be harsh, but I hear these questions about shelters. I think people should assume shelters are for people in GREAT NEED, e.g. they are homeless, their roof gets blown off, a house fire, they are quite poor or elderly.

    That means — NOT most of us. Not people who just miss electricity.

    Will we be uncomfortable w/o lights, a little chilly? Maybe! But we should all be prepared for that — to “shelter in place.” The temp is not dropping below freezing, thank goodness. People had adequate warning to get supplies for themselves and their pets. Please leave the shelters for those who have no other alternatives!

  11. Anonymous says :

    Can you please say when the decision on whether fairfax county will be open will take place instead of the copy + paste answer?

  12. Anonymous says :

    will some of the high schools in fairfax county be hosting emergency shelters?

  13. luis says :

    court open tomorrow monday (10/29/2012)?

  14. Joe says :

    Will there be the regularly scheduled trash pickup?

  15. Tom Fitzpatrick says :

    Are public colleges in Fairfax County closed Monday and Tuesday.

  16. Anonymous says :

    what is the status for garbage pickup on monday

  17. Anonymous says :

    will the rec centers be open?

  18. Kelly says :

    I see it keeps saying Ffx employees will find out “later”…when is that?

  19. Vaneya says :

    Will Fairfax County Government employees have to work tomorrow ? I hope not, due to my child not going to school tomorrow.

  20. Barbara says :

    I find it quite amusing that everyone is wondering and/or needing to know if County employees are working tomorrow (which I am certain it’s the ones that work indoors). Well, the police department, fire department, gas and electric companies, and probably delivery personnel…all of which are the ones providing services to the ones that will be inside a building or dwelling, and will be out in the actual elements of the storm (i.e. soaked from the rain, gusty winds, and exhausted) to keep everyone staying home safe and comfortable. And, we are NOT checking every two seconds to see if we are working…because these types of agencies DON’T close!!

    • Beth says :

      Great for you Barbara. Like you said, you know where you will be going tomorrow. The rest of us are still trying to figure that out and figure out if we need to make alternative child care plans since schools are closed. That’s why we are asking.

    • Anonymous says :

      Not so well said Barbara, are you kidding me!

    • Robert says :

      Barbara, unless you are an indentured servant, your choice of vocations is voluntary. If you are considered essential personnel, why not simply take pride in your service instead of belittling those who do not want to risk life or limb to file paperwork, update spreadsheets, or answer phones?

      • Anonymous says :

        Taking pride is doing the job that I was hired to do…and I will be there to do it tomorrow, as will a lot of other people.

        • Anonymous says :

          Yep,good plan. Die for your corporate master lol. I’m sure they will remember your loyalty when they outsource your job.

        • Robert says :

          Hopefully that job does not entail punctuation, grammar, or empathy.

      • Anonymous says :

        I was not belittling anyone, just stating facts. If you want the day off, call in… I was only on here checking to see if my other half…being a police officer that has to work, as well…has court in the morning after working his 12 hour shift tonight.

  21. Anonymous says :

    Please announce leave for employees!!

  22. Melissa says :

    Is FFX county gov also closed?

  23. Anonymous says :

    Where can we view the online discussion that starts at 6? Thanks!

  24. Anonymous says :

    OK whatever Barb….Do I need to get up at 5 or do I get to sleep until 6:50.C’mon liberal leave

  25. Anonymous says :

    For goodness sake Anonymous – what are you waiting for? Call your boss and request leave to leave town if you are this concerned about your safety. You are responsible for your safety – not the County! Just go…

  26. Melissa says :

    Fed Gov is closed tomorrow

  27. Anonymous says :

    In the online forum they are telling you to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel, however, Fairfax County will not make a decision to close offices tomorrow. This should not be a decision based on finances, but rather public safety. Manage your budget and protect your people Fairfax!!

  28. Ashlee says :

    Will the fairfax connector buses be running tomorrow?

  29. Anonymous says :

    Do county employees have off Monday and Tuesday?

  30. Anonymous says :

    It’s a little ridiculous that FFX county is not taking this more seriously. No one should be traveling on the roads tomorrow. Take a hint from the federal govt and stop thinking you’re so important.

  31. Anonymous says :

    Will Buffalo Wild Wings in Loudoun County be open?

  32. Anonymous says :

    So ….what about the employees? I mean how long does it take ? Federal Govt is closed…So should we!!

  33. Anonymous says :

    Federal Govt is closed……and so Should the Fairfax County Govt should be to aswell.

  34. anon says :

    Ok, my childcare follows the Feds and my company follows the County government. I’m trying to make arrangements for tomorrow. Would be great to know what’s going on.

    • Anonymous says :

      Per the current live discussion going on…”There will a 7:00pm regional conference call this evening, and a decision will be made shortly thereafter.”

  35. Lauren says :

    Come on Fairfax County. Shit or get off the pot already.

  36. Robert says :

    Looks like a decision about whether the County Government will be open or closed will be made around 7 p.m.

  37. anonymous says :

    They’ll probably call ‘unscheduled leave’ as Manassas just did.
    Heaven forbid Jane Doe can’t get her precious pool permit for the Mclean mansion tomorrow. OOps…that would be her contractor Jane is probably in the Caymans

  38. Anonymous says :

    Of course the schools are closed and our children are safer at home. And so FCPS offices follow suit. But why are FC office workers teated differently? Aren’t we in the same storm?

  39. Anonymous says :

    what they fail to understand is many other companies and corporations base their employee work schedules on the county office decisions. many people may be asking due to that reason, not that they are county employees.

    • Robert says :

      Is it a lack of understanding or a lack of caring?

      • Anonymous says :

        Ed Long and Sharon Bulova should have been on this a long time ago. It is too late now for many to arrange childcare. It is easy to say prearrange it now, but there are sometimes big non-refundable deposits for situations like this in reserving a slot for childcare. I don’t make as much money as Sharon Bulova or Ed Long and can’t afford to lose a deposit and now most likely will not be able to arrange childcare anyway—I am a single parent, I have used all of my leave because I had an extended illness earlier this year and do not have anymore leave. I live in Fairfax County and I am in my car all day out in the field while working and my work makes closing the office based upon what Fairfax County does!!!!….take care of your citizens Sharon and ED! Please…..

  40. Concerned County Resident says :

    I need to know if the courts are going to be open tomorrow. I might lose my electricity, internet and/or telephone overnight and might not be able to check in the morning. If court is in session, I HAVE to be there. If I don’t know, I’ll be driving over in the morning come hail or high water. Please tell us what is going on. Thank you.

  41. Anonymous says :

    Many Fairfax County based companies base their closure decisions on wether the County decides to shut its offices or not. The County shouldn’t delay in making this decision as it impacts not only its own employees but also those of these companies. Once power goes out, communicating will be difficult. Please make your decision today.

  42. rick says :

    I haven’t seen jury duty cancelled for Monday? Do I risk showing up to find out courts are closed or will the county be making an official statement one way or the other soon?

  43. Fairfax Taxpayer says :

    You lazy County employees! Come to work and calculate your fat pensions. Wah, wah, wah you whiners. Take more time off and ask the Exec to propose more property taxes, that is what you usually do. Too bad you can’t make your Obama vote early. Losers.

    • Anonymous says :

      whoa! this is supposed to be a discussion on the storm, not to call people names!

    • ferfux trumpeter says :

      Really? Did you know when adjusted for inflation they bring in less revenue then they did in 2004? Maybe if the Gubmnet stuck to core services instead of a penny here or a penny there for senior centers( they vote), paying tens of thousands of dollars for interpreters at the polls, (Dem voters) low income housing for people making $100K or illegal aliens, you MIGHT have an argument. Sad fact of the matter is that most county workers don’t live in the county because they can’t afford it. If the economy was better people would have quit several years ago after the 2008 budget cuts. There reaches a point when you can’t “Do more with less”.

    • Anonymous says :

      Sounds like someone is a little angry. Since you know so much about county employees , did u know there have barely been any raises in years and yet we have had our insurance premiums raised almost every year and the demand for public services has increased but the supply had been decreased. This is not an issue of being lazy , this is a safety issue. When I signed up to work for the county I did not give them precedence over the safety of my life. As far as property taxes , every place has increased property taxes and no one likes it but hey that’s just life. Perhaps you should move out the country where you don’t have to pay taxes. Hopefully your job is closed tomorrow so that you may be safe , but I’m sure the McDonald’s open , right. As far as Obama, health care and a stimulus plan is fine with me!

      • Anonymous says :

        You got that right! We county employees are people too. We deserve to be safe as well. Now please stop judging.

    • Tell it like it is says :

      Sounds like someone is a little angry. Since you know so much about county employees , did u know there have barely been any raises in years and yet we have had our insurance premiums raised almost every year and the demand for public services has increased but the supply had been decreased. This is not an issue of being lazy , this is a safety issue. When I signed up to work for the county I did not give them precedence over the safety of my life. As far as property taxes , every place has increased property taxes and no one likes it but hey that’s just life. Perhaps you should move out the country where you don’t have to pay taxes. Hopefully your job is closed tomorrow so that you may be safe , but I’m sure the McDonald’s open , right. As far as Obama, health care and a stimulus plan is fine with me!

  44. Anonymous says :

    Metro just suspended service for Monday

  45. :0-Hi says :

    They aren’t sure if the schools are going to be closed, though they made the announcement.

    Fairfax County schools may open or close depending on the weather.

  46. Anonymous says :

    whoa, this is a forum to discuss the storm not to attack anyone.

  47. None says :

    Any Update??Non County Employees who’s companies make their determinations per the county’s announcement are anxiously awaiting. The schools are closed, universities and FEDS….COME ON….it’s not that hard of a decision.

  48. Anonymous says :

    And here I thought this was a forum about public safety and for people with legitimate concerns about their plans for tomorrow, ther livelihoods, and their loved ones. To presume that anyone is LAZY simply because they need this information is repugnant and ignorant.

  49. Anonymous says :

    seems like the 7 pm call should be done and a decision should have been made by now Guess the leaders once again don’t lead

  50. Anonymous says :

    OMG.It’s this
    county decision making is just like their execs. Old and rotten. Make a decision or next time you will be doing wa wa wa and plz plz and sorry sorry sorry…

    • boseefus says :

      You should get that newly hired Deputy County Executive for Public safety (200K a year) to make a decision…… HAHAHAHAHA

  51. Anonymous says :

    Board of Supervisors: You also have a duty towards your work force who, by the way, are human beings like your selves. The priority should have been a simple, concise, and straightforward announcement that clarifies the status of our work schedule.
    You failed miserably in this regard, and should donate 5% of your salaries towards the Emergency Relief Fund!

  52. clueless says :

    Board of Supervisors: You also have a duty towards your work force who, by the way, are human beings like your selves. The priority should have been a simple, concise, and straightforward announcement that clarifies the status of our work schedule.
    You failed miserably in this regard, and should donate 5% of your salaries towards the Emergency Relief Fund!

  53. Anonymous says :

    Fairfax County Government will be closed tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 29, along with County Courts and most services including the Fairfax Connector. Unscheduled leave has been granted for Tuesday. Stay tuned to the emergency blog for details.

    • clueless says :

      Anonymous:
      With all due respect, you should provide your name, position, date and time of this announcement. Why should an OFFICIAL announcement be signed off by Anonymous?
      This is ridiculous!!

  54. Anonymous says :

    Are employees to report to work tomorrow or are we off. We need to know asap. My commute is 2 hrs.

  55. Anonymous says :

    WTOP is reporting Fairfax County Govt is closed.

  56. Ken says :

    Where can we download storm a surge map of Fairfax County and a map of areas that historically flood?

  57. Anonymous says :

    Just seen on twitter. Fairfax County ‏@fairfaxcounty

    (10/28; 7:45PM) Fairfax County Govt offices will be closed Mon. Oct. 29. All courts are closed. Absentee voting is canceled. #ffxstorm
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  58. Anonymous says :

    The county Facebook page says the Goverment is closed for the county tomorrow.

  59. Anonymous says :

    Fairfax County ‏@fairfaxcounty

    (10/28; 7:45PM) Fairfax County Govt offices will be closed Mon. Oct. 29. All courts are closed. Absentee voting is canceled. #ffxstorm

  60. A says :

    There are no buses or rail on how to get to the courthouse tmrw, the feds are closed. How is one supposed to get to the courthouse?

  61. Anonymous says :

    WTOP just reported that FFX Co Offices are closed as are the courts. Thanks WTOP!

  62. Anonymous says :

    Do you all think Prince William and Loudoun County governments will be closed to?

  63. Anonymous says :

    It is unreal that the public perception of the County is more important than the safety of employees. They will most likely grant unscheduled leave and make us use leave when the Feds are closed and so are the Schools. SMH

  64. M says :

    From Fairfax County Government Facebook updated a few minutes ago: Fairfax County Government will be closed tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 29, along with County Courts and most services including the Fairfax Connector. Unscheduled leave has been granted for Tuesday. Stay tuned to the emergency blog for details.

  65. Anonymous says :

    What about trash collection?

    • Patricia says :

      Fairfax city is picking up trash tomorrow

    • Anonymous says :

      Yes like most people here …I want to know If the trash will be collected

      • M says :

        Fairfax County reports

        Fairfax County Government offices are closed Mon. Oct. 29. All courts are
        closed. Absentee voting is canceled. Metrobus/Metrorail, Fairfax Connector and
        VRE are not operating. Fastran will transport critical medical care appointments
        only. Normal trash pick up will occur.

    • Anonymous says :

      Yes everyone here wants to know … Will the trash be collected?

  66. Patricia says :

    Just received text Fairfax County govt. closed Oct. 29th. Courts closed as well

  67. Anonymous says :

    Sign up for county alerts and you will know as soon as decisions are made — I received a text alert a few minutes ago stating Fairfax Co. Govt closed Oct. 29. Courts closed.

  68. Anonymous says :

    Would the Open Enrollment for Health Care and Dental be extended to make up for Monday and Tuesday. I am concerned because I must turn in supportive documents.

  69. Fairfax Taxpayer says :

    Die for your County you tax swilling bums!

    I own my business and I will be open. County employees get a day off for what? Rain? Boo hoo, I haven’t gotten a raise!

    I have to earn my living, you slackers.

    • Anonymous says :

      Don’t be jealous.

    • clueless says :

      Bums and slackers in the same posting? Wow! you must be one pissed off tax payer. What I suggest you do is to continue venting in this Blog , and after you feel all vented out and relaxed, you then need to come up like a good respectable resident and very “respectfully” stand in line to be served by one of your so-called (swilling bums) and (slackers). But you need to mind your manners so as not to be thrown out with the garbage.

  70. Anonymous says :

    Will there be shelter center set up for people who live in the Belleview area?