Terrorist Attack Serves as Reminder to Be Prepared
Posted at 11 a.m.
Authorities in London are treating a major security incident near the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday as a terrorist attack.
There’s no guarantee you can be 100 percent ready for a terrorist attack, but there are some steps you can take to be much better prepared.
- Sign up for Fairfax Alerts ~ This is the county’s emergency alert system and it will send emergency notifications to your cellphone and email. You can also subscribe for additional alert categories, such as severe weather, severe traffic and even non-emergency notifications such as tax or commuter information.
- Have an Emergency Plan ~ Do you know how to respond if disaster impacts your home or workplace? Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance. If your family is in different locations when the disaster strikes, how will you contact one another? How will you get back together? What will you do in different situations? Making a plan is an essential step in your preparedness efforts — ReadyNOVA.org can help (and it’s free).
- Make an Emergency Kit ~ Everyone should have supplies on hand sufficient for at least three days following an emergency. If you already have an emergency kit, be sure to check and test your supplies periodically. And don’t forget items for your pets, any special needs family members may have, and emergency kits for your office and car.
- See Something. Say Something ~ It’s easy to take for granted the routine moments in our every day — going to work or school, the grocery store or the gas station. But your every day is different than your neighbor’s — filled with the moments that make it uniquely yours. So if you see something you know shouldn’t be there — or someone’s behavior that doesn’t seem quite right — say something. Because only you know what’s supposed to be in your everyday. If you see something suspicious in Fairfax County, call 703-802-2746, or the Fairfax County non-emergency line at 703-691-2131, TTY 703-877-3715. In addition, you can submit information through an online form with Virginia State Police.
These are just a few of the steps you can take to be better prepared. For more information, visit our emergency information preparedness page and be sure to follow Fairfax County on our various social media channels so that you can stay informed and be ready to take action.
Another great info source is our “30 Ways in 30 Days” preparedness campaign. Commit to take a few minutes each day for the next 30 days and you and your loved ones will be much better prepared for any challenge that may come your way. Each step on its own is fairly easy and doesn’t take a lot of time, but combine all 30 and you’re well on your way to being ready for any hazard.