In this month’s “Connect with County Leaders” podcast, Deputy County Executive for Public Safety Dave Rohrer discusses emergency management and public safety.
Rohrer, former Fairfax County police chief, is the deputy county executive for Fairfax County’s public safety agencies, including the Police Department, Fire and Rescue, Emergency Management, the Department of Public Safety Communications – the county’s 9-1-1 Center — the Animal Shelter and the McConnell Public Safety and Transportation Operations Center. He coordinates the activities of these departments, functions and programs. Rohrer also has a liaison relationship with the Office of the Sheriff, courts and the Health Department for emergency management issues
The “Connect with County Leaders” podcast is a monthly opportunity to meet and connect with Fairfax County leaders, to learn about the latest county news and information, and hear more on specific Fairfax County programs and services.
Posted at 10:45 a.m.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is predicting that a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. This outlook forecasts a 40% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season and a 30% chance of a below-normal season.
The hurricane season officially began on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.
For 2019, NOAA predicts a likely range of nine to 15 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which four to eight could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including two to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher). NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence.
An average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes.
NOAA’s outlook is for overall seasonal activity and is not a landfall forecast.
Visit the National Hurricane Center’s website throughout the season to stay current on any watches and warnings.
Posted at 11:50 a.m.
On the latest edition of the “Health and Safety” podcast, learn about how you can participate in an upcoming emergency exercise, hurricanes, TSA screening, stop the bleed, and phone scammers and your Social Security information.
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Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
To listen to other Fairfax County podcasts, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/podcasts.
Posted at 1:50 p.m.
An update to Fairfax Alerts means an improvement for users receiving traffic alerts.
This new format for the traffic alerts now includes a link to a map picturing the exact geo-location of the traffic incident. Users will be able to click on the link via text or e-mail and easily see a larger map view.
This also provides a more standardized way of providing the location address, incident type and impact in each message, along with a date/time stamp.
The addition of the map feature means that subscribers will know exactly where the incident is located on a map.
The new format for Fairfax Alerts severe traffic alerts went into effect on Monday.
To learn more about Fairfax Alerts, including severe traffic alerts, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts.
Posted at 11:30 a.m.
Fairfax County’s Community Resiliency Group program represents a coordinated voluntary effort, initiated by the Board of Supervisors and led by the Office of Emergency Management, to network county resources, community volunteer organizations and business groups to improve preparedness and resilience, and to ensure that post-disaster recovery happens as quickly and completely as possible.
The Community Resiliency Group is a network of volunteer organizations interested in providing help to those in need and coordinating the help that is available. This enhances the effectiveness of the volunteer efforts and can reduce the time between identifying an unmet need and delivering assistance.
Join us in our efforts to build resiliency in our community by attending one of four workshops being offered this month. All workshops start at 7 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.
- Monday, June 3 at Sherwood Hall Regional Library, 2501 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria. (Mount Vernon and Lee Districts)
- Thursday, June 6 at George Mason Regional Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. (Mason, Providence, Braddock Districts, including Fairfax City).
- Monday, June 10 at Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly. (Springfield and Sully Districts).
- Wednesday, June 19 at Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston. (Hunter Mill and Dranesville Districts).
To better prepare, you’ll also want to download a copy of the Community Emergency Response Guide and sign up for Fairfax Alerts.
It is important to note that a disaster does not have to be large or widespread to result in serious impact to individuals, families, organizations and businesses.