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Text to 9-1-1 Issue Resolved

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

The Department of Public Safety Communications — the county’s 9-1-1 Center — reports that the text to 9-1-1 issue has been resolved and Fairfax County’s text to 9-1-1 is fully functioning.

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Text to 9-1-1 Experiencing Intermittent Problems

UPDATED April 5, 2017; 9:05 a.m.

The ability to text to 9-1-1 continues to experience intermittent problems.  The county’s Department of Public Safety Communications (9-1-1 Center) reports that the service provider is working to resolve the issue.

Voice calls to 9-1-1 are not impacted by the issue.

Posted at 8:55 p.m.

Fairfax County’s Department of Public Safety Communications — the 9-1-1 Center — reports that the ability to text to 9-1-1 is experiencing intermittent problems.  The service provider is working to resolve the issue.

Voice calls to 9-1-1 are not impacted by the issue.

Flood Warning Issued Until 5:15 p.m.

Posted at 12:30 p.m.

Flood Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning, in effect until 5:15 p.m., for the City of Fairfax and the central portion of Fairfax County.

Measured rain between 1 to 1.5 inches has been observed, with continuing rain expected of an additional .5 to .75 inches this afternoon into this evening. Showers and a thunderstorm also are possible later this evening up until 11 p.m., with intermittent showers overnight. (More on the forecast here.)

There are several roads in the county that have been impacted by flood waters. If you come across roads covered in water, please turn around, don`t drown. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

At this time county officials do not anticipate any issues in the Huntington area.

Emergency management, public safety and public works staff will continue to monitor the storm and weather throughout the day and additional updates will be issued as needed. If you aren’t yet sign up for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts, you may want to do that now.

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.

  • Fairfax AlertsSign 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 — 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.

A30 Ways in 30 Days nother 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.

Tornado Drill Reminder… What Would You Do If You Were In a Real Tornado?

Posted at 9 a.m.

Tornado Drill March 2017

Virginia’s Statewide Tornado Drill is this morning, Tuesday, March 21, at 9:45 a.m.

The annual drill is an opportunity to take a moment and think about what you would do during a real tornado — and actually practice those actions.

Do you know what you should do?

If you are in a structure such as your residence, a small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center or high-rise building:

  • Go to a pre-designated area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of a small interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • Put on sturdy shoes.
  • Do not open windows.

If you are in a manufactured home or office:

  • Get out immediately and go to a pre-identified location such as the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

If you are not in a sturdy building, possible actions include:

  • Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter. If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park.
  • Take cover in a stationary vehicle. Put the seat belt on and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
  • Lie in an area noticeably lower than the level of the roadway and cover your head with your arms and a blanket, coat or other cushion if possible.
  • In all situations, however:
    • Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
    • Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
    • Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

Learn more about tornadoes and tornado safety from

Be sure to participate in this morning’s drill — and please register your participation.

After the drill is complete, be sure to register for Fairfax Alerts emergency notifications to your smartphone and email inbox. You can select specialized categories of alerts — be sure to sign up for severe weather alerts!

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