6 Digital Preparedness Tips To Get You Through the Blizzard
Posted 4:35 p.m.
In any emergency your smartphone and social media access can be a critical lifeline to keep you and your family informed and safe. Plan now to be digitally prepared in case of power outages or other unforeseen emergencies during this blizzard.
Top 6 Digital Preparedness Tips:
- If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1 or text to 9-1-1.
- For routine questions or non-emergency situations in Fairfax County, dial 703-691-2131 . To report road hazards or ask road-related question, 24/7, call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623 ).
- Tell your friends and family you are OK via text, email, Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
- Save important phone numbers to your phone.
- Keep your devices plugged in. Keep charged batteries and car-phone chargers available as back-up power for your cell phone.
- Conserve your mobile phone battery by reducing the brightness of your screen, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using that draw power. If you’ve lost power and can’t charge your device, resist streaming videos, downloading music or videos, or playing video games, all of which can drain your battery and add to network congestion.
- Get connected with us through these information sources:
- This Emergency Information Blog, which will feature status updates, safety tips and more
- Snow Update Hub: Check out this page for continuous updates from key sources such as the county, National Weather Service, VDOT and many more.
- Follow us directly on Twitter at @fairfaxcounty
- If you’re on Facebook, we’ll post key updates on our page.
- Fairfax Alerts for important weather updates by email or text.
- More ways to stay informed