Fairfax County Courthouse to Reopen on Thursday, Sept. 6

Posted at 2:30 p.m.

The Fairfax County Courthouse, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, will reopen on Thursday, Sept. 6.

The courts and court activities were closed on Wednesday, Sept. 5, due to a broken water pipe.

To reach the county’s courts, call 703-691-7320 or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/courts-and-legal.

Fairfax County Courthouse Closed Wednesday, Sept. 5

Posted at 10:15 p.m.

The Fairfax County Courthouse, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, will be closed Wednesday, Sept. 5, due to a broken water pipe. All courts and court activities normally conducted in the Courthouse are cancelled.

Court in the Town of Herndon and Civil Commitment hearings will be held as scheduled.

The Health and Safety Podcast (Aug. 29 Edition)

Posted at 11 a.m.

On the Aug. 29 edition of the Health and Safety Podcast, learn about preparing for the unexpected, ticks, suicide prevention, West Nile Virus and the National Flood Insurance Program.

Listen to the podcast below.



Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about preparing for the unexpected, ticks, suicide prevention, West Nile virus and the National Flood Insurance Program. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

Make sure your business is ready to handle the unexpected — whether it’s a hurricane, a cybersecurity incident, an act of violence or a flu outbreak. Minimize your company’s losses and recover quickly by being prepared. Find tips and checklists to help you get ready for specific types of disasters and training resources for your employees. Visit the U.S. Small Business Administration online at www.sba.gov and click on the top navigation link “Business Guide,” then click on “manage your business” and then “prepare for emergencies.” You also can contact the county’s Office of Emergency Management at 571-350-1000, email oem@fairfaxcounty.gov or visit online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency.

Don’t get sick from the bite of a tick or mosquito when you’re outside enjoying the parks. That’s the message from the Health Department’s MC Bugg-Z – also known as Andy Lima. He is a full-time bug biologist (and part-time rap artist) who is part of the agency’s Disease Carrying Insects Program – a group that monitors tick and mosquito populations in Fairfax County. And his summer anthem is Tick Check 1-2, a song that reminds us all about the essentials of preventing bites from disease-carrying insects, including:

  • Use insect repellent: Make sure it has EPA-recommended active ingredients: picaridin, IR 3535, DEET and oil of lemon eucalyptus. Treat equipment with permethrin (but not your skin). Always follow label instructions.
  • Do a tick check: Ticks crawl all over your body, so make sure you inspect yourself carefully when coming in from outside. Be sure to bathe and wash your clothes without delay.
  • Safely remove ticks: If you find a tick, don’t panic! Use tweezers to remove it. Grab the tick as close to the head as possible and pull slowly until it releases. Disinfect the bite site, watch for 30 days, and see your doctor if you develop any symptoms such as rash, fever, fatigue or headache.

Also, did you know that you can take any ticks you remove to the Health Department for identification? While they do not test for bacteria or viruses, knowing the type of tick that bit you will help inform your diagnosis should you develop any symptoms.

Meanwhile, the Fairfax County Health Department has identified the first reported human case of West Nile virus disease in 2018. The case coincides with a large increase in WNV infected mosquitoes across the county; an increase that has occurred earlier this summer compared with previous years. The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to:

  • Use a mosquito repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus, making sure to follow label instructions.
  • Wear long pants and long sleeves to cover exposed skin.
  • Avoid areas where mosquitoes are especially common during peak biting times, particularly at dawn and dusk.

In addition to preventing mosquito bites, you should take steps to reduce breeding of mosquitoes on your property and in your community. This includes tipping and tossing anything that holds water including old tires, buckets, planters, toys, birdbaths, flowerpots, tarps, trash containers, downspout extensions and other containers. For more information on mosquito bite prevention or to report a mosquito problem, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/fightthebite, call 703-246-8931 or email fightthebite@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Every 13 minutes, someone commits suicide in the U.S. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in people between the ages of 15 to 34 in the United States, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report revealed an increase in suicides in nearly every state from 1999 through 2014. Suicide is a serious public health issue that affects families and communities across the nation. There are ways to identify signs and make an approach if you suspect a friend or loved one is considering suicide. Learn to recognize the signs and what you can do as a parent, sibling, other relative, friend or even acquaintance to help. The National Institute of Mental Health has information on the risk factors for suicide and the five action steps for helping someone in emotional pain.

  1. Ask: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
  2. Keep them safe.
  3. Be there: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling.
  4. Help them connect: Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s number in your phone so it’s there when you need it: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You also can help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor or mental health professional.
  5. Stay connected.

If you or someone you know needs help, call Fairfax County’s Community Services Board’s Emergency Services at 703-573-5679, text “CONNECT” to 855-11 or call PRS CrisisLink at 703-527-4077. You also can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, that’s 1-800-273-8255. And please remember, that if it’s an immediate, life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1.

August marks the 50th anniversary of the National Flood Insurance Program. Congress created the program on Aug. 1, 1968, to provide federally backed flood insurance in communities that voluntarily adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances that meet the minimum NFIP requirements. The NFIP provides the primary source of flood insurance in the United States for homeowners, renters and businesses. In the last 50 years, the program has supported 2.3 million policyholders impacted by flood damage paying more than $64 billion in flood claims losses. Insured survivors recover faster and more fully after a flood than uninsured survivors. Today, the National Flood Insurance Program manages flood risk for more than 22,000 participating communities by providing insurance and protecting the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains through land use and development requirements. The program supports more than 5 million flood insurance policies, insuring more than $1.2 trillion in assets. For more information visit www.fema.gov/nfip50. To learn more about flood insurance, visit www.floodsmart.gov.

Finally, learn how to make a family emergency plan – as well as emergency plans for your business and house of worship – online at www.ReadyNOVA.org.

That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Va., Government. Thanks for listening. Additional information about health and safety topics and emergency preparedness may be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov. And remember, if you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131.


September is National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month 2018

Posted at 11 a.m.

Every year, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, a time to prepare for disasters and emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, go to school, worship and visit.

This year’s National Preparedness Month is focused on planning, with the theme “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.”

The month has also been broken down with specific themes and actions for each week of the month.

  • Sept 1-8 ~ Make and Practice Your Plan
  • Sept 9-15 ~ Learn Life Saving Skills
  • Sept 16-22 ~ Check Your Insurance Coverage
  • Sept 23-29 ~ Save For an Emergency

Get more information and resources for National Preparedness Month at www.ready.gov/september as well as www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency.

Fairfax Alerts

Summer Heat is Still Here — Heat Advisory in Effect

Posted at 12:30 p.m.

Summer’s heat is still here and with the National Weather Service issuing a heat advisory until 8 p.m. tonight, you’re encouraged to take precautions if you have to be outside today.

A heat advisory means that a period of high temperatures is expected. The combination of high temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.

Heat index values will be around 105 degrees due to temperatures in the middle to upper 90s, and dewpoints in the lower to middle 70s. This heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

  • Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.
  • To reduce risk during outdoor work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 9-1-1.

And please remember … It is never safe to leave a toddler, disabled person or pet in a car.

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