What Else Can You Do to Be Ready for Winter Weather?
Posted at 2:50 p.m.
When inclement weather is predicted, leave plenty of time to pick up your children from school, run errands and get home. Do not wait until snow begins to start your commute. Sometimes it is safer to stay put and not travel during inclement weather – whether you are at home, work or school. This might mean using some flex or comp time or a couple of hours of vacation leave, but it’s worth the investment to avoid sitting in gridlock in inclement weather, and the risk of putting yourself in danger when roads are bad and visibility is low due to heavy snow fall or freezing rain/sleet.
Stay “In the Know”
In case of bad weather this winter, you can stay informed by visiting this emergency information blog for preparedness tips and news. Better yet — sign up to receive updates via email. Just look to the right for the email subscription box. Enter your primary email address and click “sbuscribe by email.” It’s quick and easy, and free.
You’ll also want to sign up for weather alerts — and other emergency alerts — delivered by text message straight to your cell phone. Sign up for the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean.
What Else Should You Do to Prepare for Winter?
- Keep storm drains clear to help prevent flooding.
- Trim dead or overgrown tree limbs, especially if they are over your home or electric lines.
- Be prepared for power outages. Purchase a generator or extra flashlights and batteries.
- Avoid exposure to cold temperatures, which can cause serious and even life-threatening health problems such as hypothermia and frostbite, and avoid exertion.
- Make sure everyone in your household knows how and where to turn off the water. Locate and tag the valve at your main water line so it can be found quickly. The valve is normally located where the water line enters your home through the foundation. Print a water valve tag from Fairfax Water at www.fairfaxwater.org/customer/youplum.htm. Call 703-289-6019 to request a tag by mail. Be a good neighbor and check on those around you, especially seniors and people with disabilities.
For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency.