Listen to the Health and Safety Podcast (Aug. 1 Edition)

Posted at 11 a.m.

On the Aug. 1 edition of the Health and Safety Podcast, learn about getting severe weather alerts by email and text and what you can do to prepare for extreme summertime weather, person-centered care, National Night Out and back-to-school immunizations.

Listen to the podcast below.


Keep your summer fun and safe from severe weather or other emergencies. You can get weather and emergency alerts right on your cellphone or tablet. Timely information about weather conditions or emergencies can help you stay safe. Sign up today for weather and emergency alerts through Fairfax Alerts at

Are you ready for extreme weather? Every minute counts during a disaster – plan now so you’re prepared. Know the risks from different weather events that could affect you and your family where you live, work and go to school. Preparedness is a shared responsibility. While government plays a role, there are important things individuals, organizations and businesses can do to be ready for the unexpected. Here are some steps you can take to become better prepared:

  • Sign up for Fairfax Alerts to receive timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events. Text messages will be sent direct to your cellphone. Sign up at www.fairfaxcounty.alerts.
  • Create and test a family communications plan. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area and know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Learn more at
  • Document and insure your property. When a disaster strikes, having insurance for your home or business property is the best way to ensure you will have the necessary financial resources to help you repair, rebuild or replace whatever is damaged. Look for homeowners or renters insurance that covers damage caused by floods, high winds from tornados and hurricanes, earthquakes or other concerns.
  • Strengthen your financial preparedness. Collect and secure personal financial, insurance, medical and other records so you have the documentation needed to start the recovery process without delay. Know your disaster costs. More information is online at
  • Get trained to help others. Minutes matter in a disaster, and if emergency responders aren’t nearby, you can be the help until more help arrives. Learn about Community Emergency Response Teams – CERT – online at, search “CERT.”

Have you heard the phrase “Person-Centered Care”? If you are looking into care options for an older adult, it’s a good idea to educate yourself. With Person-Centered Care, health practitioners go beyond a person’s medical chart to understand their spiritual, social and holistic needs. This helps them create a plan that is customized to them and takes into account their whole being. Learn more about Person-Centered Care on the Fairfax County Health Department’s Adult Day Health Care website. Go to and search “adult day health care.”

National Night Out, an annual neighborhood-based crime and drug prevention event, will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Between 6-9 p.m., you are encouraged to lock your doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside together. There will be special events, anticrime rallies, activities for children and police officers will visit as many neighborhood gatherings as possible. It’s a great opportunity to show neighborhood spirit and strengthen partnerships with local police and demonstrate neighborhood commitment to fight crime. Make your plans now to participate. Learn more at, search “National Night Out.” And if you’re hearing this after Aug. 7, be sure to check the Fairfax County Police Facebook page for pictures and more information about how you can make your neighborhood a safer place to live.

Make sure your kids are protected before sending them back to school. The Fairfax County Health Department offers school-required immunizations and TB testing for free at their five clinics, and there are even extended hours right before school starts. You can avoid the rush by making an appointment and filling out your paper work ahead of time. In addition to the regular hours of operation, extended walk-in hours are Friday, Aug. 24 from 1-3:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 27 from 1-6 p.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 8-10 a.m. For more information, including clinic locations, visit

Finally, save important phone numbers to your phone contacts and be prepared digitally before an emergency or crisis. Find the numbers you need online; just search “hotlines and emergency numbers” at

That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Va., Government. Thanks for listening. Additional information about health and safety topics and emergency preparedness may be found online at And remember, if you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131.

Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


About Fairfax County Emergency Information

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

2 responses to “Listen to the Health and Safety Podcast (Aug. 1 Edition)”

  1. Barbara Neus says :

    Thank you for the Podcast and posting the link to the emergency numbers. We are all used to dialing 911 but it’s important to also have the other hotlines and emergency numbers.

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