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Document Damage from Hurricane Sandy for Potential Disaster Assistance

Posted 2:10 p.m.

damage-databaseDid your property suffer damage from Hurricane Sandy?

Then please visit our Disaster Damage Database and complete the form to officially document damage. We may share the disaster damage reports with the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and/or the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to evaluate what kind of federal disaster assistance could be made available to county residents who have suffered losses.

NOTE: Submission of disaster damages is not a requirement to apply for federal disaster assistance nor is it a promise that federal disaster assistance will be provided to cover damages from the hurricane, or any other disaster event when the online tool is used.

For more information about the Disaster Damage Database, emergency management or how you and your family can better prepare for emergencies, email the Office of Emergency Management or call 571-350-1000, TTY 711.

Virginia Task Force 1 in New Jersey

Posted 12:58 p.m.

As New Jersey and other states north of us recover from a more devastating blow from Hurricane Sandy than we received, our own first responders are there helping.

Virginia Task Force 1 — Fairfax County’s Urban Search and Rescue Team — was deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to Little Ferry, N.J., and participated in water rescues and evacuations Tuesday in an area where a levee broke. VATF-1 worked through the night with one team as well as the military.

This morning, the team was briefed by FEMA and they are in the planning stages for the next 24 hours.  The water has receded in the Little Ferry area and the team is now able to drive through the entire neighborhood with little difficulty. It was anticipated the team would finish with the neighborhood around noon today 

The 80-member team and four canines are doing well and members have been able to get some rest.

The team consists of firefighters, paramedics, search and rescue specialists, structural engineers, physicians, hazardous materials specialists, planning and logistical staff, and canines and handlers. In addition to its regular complement of equipment, the team will also deploy with two inflatable boats, and water rescue specialists.

As the federal sponsoring agency, FEMA pays for all costs and expenses incurred by VATF-1 when members are activated or undergo training. All training, equipment, and personnel costs of VATF-1 are paid for by the federal government on a regular basis, including its new training facility in Lorton. Additionally, when firefighters and members are deployed, there is no loss in emergency response or service to Fairfax County residents, as minimum staffing for all apparatus is continuous for all fire and rescue stations. The training and expertise gained by working with our federal partners in times of local, regional, national and international disasters and emergencies enhances and improves the skill sets of firefighters and paramedics. The skills gained from this partnership provides a direct benefit to county residents by using these skills in making Fairfax County a safer and better place to live and work.

Shelter and Emergency Operations Center Now Closed

Posted 11:11 a.m.

Fairfax County deactivated its Emergency Operations Center at 10 a.m. today.

The shelter at Lee District RECenter closed at 10 a.m.

If you have questions about the storm or cleanup, please call or email 703-FAIRFAX between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.:

Sandy By The Numbers (10 a.m.):

  • 6,083 Dominion households and 286 NOVEC customers without power (2 percent of county)
  • 52 roads closed – view list and map
  • 13 traffic signals out
  • 60 trees into homes

Storm By The Numbers

Posted 12:20 a.m.

Here are the latest numbers from Hurricane Sandy:

  • 15,563 Dominion households and 342 NOVEC customers without power
  • 76 roads closed – view list and map
  • 16 traffic signals out
  • 58 trees into homes
  • 31  county facilities without power, including:
    • James Lee Community Center
    • Spring Hill Recreation Center
    • Colvin Run Mill Park
    • Patrick Henry Library
    • Great Falls Library
    • Kingstowne Library

Emergency Hotline Closing at 6 p.m.

Posted 5:33 p.m.

The Fairfax County Emergency Information Hotline will be deactivated at 6 p.m. today, Tuesday, Oct. 30. We thank you for your questions and hope this was a helpful resource for those who called.

If you have questions about the storm and recovery tomorrow or beyond, please call 703-FAIRFAX (703-324-7329, TTY 711) or email County government will be open regular hours tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m