Make Your Emergency Plan ~ And Practice It

Posted at 3:15 p.m.

Before a disaster happens you want to make sure you know where to go … as well as your backup location and your secondary backup location. Also, do you have a communications plan? To be prepared you need to have an emergency plan for yourself and your family.

Especially now during National Preparedness Month, be sure to develop your plan, for free, at www.ReadyNOVA.org. And after you’ve made your plan, be sure to practice it every six months.

In this video, Courtney Arroyo of the county’s Office of Emergency Management discusses the need to plan for emergencies and some things to consider.

Learn more at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency.

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2 responses to “Make Your Emergency Plan ~ And Practice It”

  1. Walter Hadlock says :

    With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in mind, some questions: 1) What sort of evacuation route planning has the county established–for example, are there zones that would have a primary evacuation route such as NW area of the county would use Routes 50 and 7 to head West. What sort of coordination has there been with Loudoun County and other counties to the West; 2) With most people probably using POV’s in the event of an evacuation, how will fuel supplies be managed? 2) for weather related emergencies–what are the pros and cons of sheltering in place vs. evacuating? 4) at what point would the County establish emergency supply depots? and how could they be accessed. Is most of the emergency planning predicated on weather related events?

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Mr. Hadlock,
      Thank you for the questions. Here’s information from our Office of Emergency Management.

      1. What sort of evacuation route planning has the county established–for example, are there zones that would have a primary evacuation route such as NW area of the county would use Routes 50 and 7 to head West. What sort of coordination has there been with Loudoun County and other counties to the West – For Evacuation planning we coordinate with all of the other National Capital region jurisdictions in VA, MD and DC as well as our State partners. We have identified primary evacuation routes and just like they did in Florida we will work to ensure they stay open.

      2. Fuel Supply – That will be coordinated with the State just like in Florida, escorting resupply tucks to where they are needed. Also we are a little different Florida gets all of their Fuel via ships. In the county we have a pipeline that brings fuel in as well as by truck.

      3. Shelter-in-place vs evacuating of weather related emergencies – For every individual it starts with an evaluation of where you would be safest. You evacuate away from rising water like in a storm surge or if you happen to live in a floodplain. Also if you live in a modular housing in high winds. Other than that it is usually safest to stay in your home and shelter-in-place. That is why we encourage everyone to have 3 to 5 days of supplies in their homes.

      4. Supply Depots – We call them Points of Distribution (POD) and that would be to provide supply’s into an impacted area. These sites are setup in areas where people can drive up and load supplies into their vehicles.

      5. Emergency Planning – The county uses and all hazards planning model which starts with our Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, which outlines the framework and lead agencies for how the county will respond to any emergency.