Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Stay Informed

Posted at 1 p.m.

September is National Preparedness Month. In this video, Dave McKernan, our emergency management coordinator, encourages you to be prepared for any hazard. This includes getting the necessary training, plans and information needed to stay safe.

Take these simple steps to being better prepared: Get a kit, make a plan and stay informed — and sign up for Fairfax Alerts at

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

2 responses to “Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Stay Informed”

  1. Walter Hadlock says :

    How does a Fairfax County resident access the various preparedness plans? For example, what roads are designated as evacuation routes in the event of various disaster scenarios, i.e. dirty bomb, major weather event. Are there plans in existence that provide for refueling stops as people move out of the county? Also, are there designated destinations county residents should have in mind to move towards that would include food/water/fuel? It is all well and good to have a plan, but then what? Does the county have pre-positioned stocks of basics such as food/water/fuel? For example, we have the recommended three day supply of food and water, and we try not to let our vehicle fuel tanks go below half-full. Thanks, Walter Hadlock, Herndon, VA

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      The Fairfax County Emergency Operations Plan is the framework for the county respond to significant emergencies. This plan and the pre-disaster recovery plan are posted on the Office of Emergency Management website. Several county agencies in cooperation with The Virginia Department of Transportation and the Virginia State Police have developed an evacuation plan that includes evacuation routes. We have not published the evacuation plan because the evacuation routes may change depending on the event and the hazards found around the evacuation routes. In other words the routes could change depending on the hazard.

      Part of a family preparedness plan should include being prepared to evacuate. Most of the time our communities will be asked to protect in place and they should be prepared to do so. However if you are asked to evacuate, food, water and fuel is the individuals/families responsibility. Don’t rely on government to supply those items because we will be fully engaged in mitigating the event and organizing the evacuation. Your example of being prepared (food, water for three days and fuel in your vehicle) is spot on. Don’t forget medications if needed, cash and your important legal/financial documents.

      Please go to our website for more information on what should be in an emergency kit, what should be in a plan and how to stay informed in case of an emergency.