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.
- 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.
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).
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.
- Save important phone numbers to your phone or write them down, especially your power company. Always report a power outage.
- If you have a generator or plan to buy one, please be familiar with safety tips.
- View tips from Dominion Virginia Power and NOVEC.
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.
- 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 – Android, Apple.