Emergency Manager Encourages Action During National Preparedness Month

Posted at 2:30 p.m.

Hopefully you have heard that this month is National Preparedness Month. In fact this is the 11th year for the observance, which was created following the terrorist attacks on 9/11 as a way to encourage us to be ready and prepared for any emergency.

David McKernan, our coordinator of emergency management, notes that our area is a “target rich” one for possible terrorist type activity, but that the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is most often activated for natural hazards, such as earthquakes, snow, extreme temperatures and flooding events.

He says that National Preparedness Month is a great reminder to set aside a few minutes to review your emergency plans at home and work, as well as restock supplies in your emergency kits at home, work and in your car. And if you don’t have plans or a kit, that now is the perfect time to do so.


And preparing, while it sounds intimidating, doesn’t have to be hard. McKernan offers simple advice on how you should proceed to get prepared.


He adds that every resident in Fairfax County should also be enrolled on Fairfax Alerts, the county’s way to send emergency alerts and notifications — including severe weather and traffic alerts — to both email and smartphones.

Lots of information and resources are available online, including tips on making an emergency kit and an emergency plan for your family or your business.

If you need more information on emergency preparedness, you can call our emergency management office at 571-350-1000, TTY 711; or email oem@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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