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2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

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.

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A New Look for Fairfax Alerts Traffic Alerts

Posted at 1:50 p.m.

An update to Fairfax Alerts means an improvement for users receiving traffic alerts.

Fairfax Alerts new map feature screenshot (small)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.

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Are You a Member of a Community Resiliency Group?

Posted at 11:30 a.m.

isasters happen, frequently without warning, and the impact can be devastating. With planning and preparation, we can be ready to help ourselves and others impacted by disasters to recover quickly. Community Resiliency Groups

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).

Register to attend the meeting in your area. Email for additional information.

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.

Volunteers Needed for Emergency Exercise on July 19

Posted at 11:15 a.m.

Want to see public health emergency response in action and help your community?

Then you’ll want to volunteer to participate in Capital Fortitude, a full-scale emergency exercise designed to evaluate the National Capital Region’s ability to dispense medication quickly in response to an anthrax attack.

The Fairfax County Health Department is calling for volunteers on July 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, to travel through a simulated medication dispensing site at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke. (see map)

Although no actual medications will be handed out, public health staff and volunteers will go through the same procedures and protocols that they would use to dispense medications in a real disaster

Click here to volunteer.

Read more about the exercise and the need for volunteers.

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Tornado Watch in Effect for Fairfax County Until Midnight

Posted at 2:25 p.m.

Fairfax County and most of the National Capital Region are under a tornado watch issued by the National Weather Service. This is in addition to the hazardous weather outlook and flash flood warning already in effect. Read more in yesterday’s blog post about the approaching weather.

A tornado watch means that you should be prepared to take action. Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area, which are typically large areas, covering numerous counties or even states.

When a tornado watch is issued you should review and discuss your emergency plans with family and co-workers, and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!


You will want to monitor the weather forecast and stay up-to-date on current conditions. In addition, sign up for severe weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts to get notifications on your mobile device, as well as by email.

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Should a tornado warning be issued, take action immediately. A warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.