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2017 Hurricane Preparedness Week Underway

Posted at 11 a.m.

This week (May 7-13) is National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful and destructive events and the cause behind eight of the 10 costliest disasters in U.S. history. Hurricanes are not just a coastal concern. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes and flooding can be felt hundreds of miles inland, potentially causing loss of life and catastrophic damage to property.

Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Now is the time to prepare.

  • Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • Be sure to include your pets in your emergency preparedness planning.
  • Identify an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family and friends.
  • Keep an emergency kit where you spend time — home, car and work.
  • Practice your preparedness plans with a drill or exercise.


Visit for more information about hurricane preparedness. For the current National Hurricane Center map of active Atlantic cyclones and tropical disturbances, visit

Take Time to Prepare During National Small Business Week

Posted at 11:30 a.m.

Small Business Week 2017

National Small Business Week (April 30-May 6) is underway. The U.S. Small Business Administration uses this week to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners and others from across the nation.

This week is also an opportunity for small businesses to prepare for emergencies. Businesses that take steps now to be prepared help ensure business continuity, employee preparedness and help enhance relationships throughout their community before disasters strike.

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the United States each year. Small businesses also play a critical role in a community’s recovery following a disaster.

It is important to prepare your organization now for a variety of emergencies like fires, flood, cyber threats, and other disasters.

Start by developing an all hazards preparedness plan that identifies all potential hazards, addresses vulnerabilities, and identifies time sensitive or critical processes and the financial and operational impacts that can result from disruption of those business processes.

Employers and business owners should consider business interruption insurance that can help cover the loss of income after a disaster, which is different than property insurance that only covers physical damage to a facility or location.

Ready Business can assist businesses in developing a preparedness program by providing tools to create a plan that addresses the impact of many hazards. For more information, visit

You can also use Make a Plan at
the business preparedness planner from


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.

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.

Fairfax County Government Open With Unscheduled Leave for Employees for Tuesday, March 14; Schools Closed

Posted 4:34 a.m; updated 11:28 a.m. 

Government, Schools and Courts

  • Fairfax County Government offices will be open on Tuesday, March 14, however employees have been granted unscheduled leave. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled.
  • Fairfax County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 14. School Age Child Care (SACC) centers will be closed.
  • The Fairfax County General District Court, Circuit Court and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court are open on time.
  • There will be no trash, recycling, yard waste or special pickup collection on Tuesday, March 14.  Tuesday customers should leave their trash and recycling carts at the curb/street line for us to collect this week. If you receive trash/recycling collection service from a private trash collector please contact them directly.

Parks, Community and Recreation and Community Centers

  • If you have questions about Park Authority facilities, contact the site directly, call the Parks inclement weather line at 703-324-8661, TTY 711, or visit
  • For Department of Neighborhood and Community Services programs and events visit or call 703-324-4600, TTY 711.
  • The Reston Community Center and the McLean Community Center may be affected by the inclement weather. Call RCC at 703-476-4500, TTY 711, or MCC at 703-790-0123, TTY 711, for their current operating status.

Transportation: Connector, Fastran

Public Assistance Lobbies/SkillSource

The Department of Family Services employment/SkillSource centers and public assistance lobbies may be affected by inclement weather.  Call 703-324-7500, TTY 711, for the current operating status.


  • Library hours may be affected; call your local branch before visiting. For branch phone numbers, call 703-324-3100 or go to
  • George Mason Regional, Reston Regional and Oakton Library are closed Tuesday, March 14.

View the public meetings calendar at for any potential cancellations of public meetings of Fairfax County government Boards, Authorities or Commissions.