Don’t Have an Emergency Kit? Here’s What You Should Have

Posted at 10 a.m.

As we continue to observe National Preparedness Month with a weekly preparedness video, Sulayman Brown from our Office of Emergency Management discusses the importance of having an emergency supply kit — and what kinds of supplies you should have in your kit — at home, at the office and in your vehicles.

Recommended Items

  • First-aid kit
  • Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days)
  • Food (at least three-day supply of non-perishable food)
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather radio.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Garbage bags and plastic ties
  • Duct tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Cellphone and chargers
  • Prescription medications and glasses
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents (insurance policies, identification and bank account records)
  • Emergency reference materials (such as first-aid book)
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
  • Change of clothing
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Food supplies, such as mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
  • Paper and pencil
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
  • Infant formula and diapers
  • Cash

Make a Plan at www.ReadyNOVA.orgTo learn more about making an emergency kit, visit, which not only has a list of items to include in your kit, but also an online family emergency planner.

For additional information about National Preparedness Month and how you can prepare, visit

During September — and throughout the year — the emergency management staff are here to support you and educate the community on preparedness. Call 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or email for more information on how you can get better prepared.

Emergency Preparedness Resource Fairs for Disabilities and Access & Functional Needs

Posted at 10 a.m.

In light of this year’s theme for National Preparedness Month — Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today — we are reminded that it is vital for people with disabilities and access and functional needs to be prepared for disasters.access and functional needs emergency resource fair

If you or someone close to you happens to be a person who has an access or functional need, now is a good time to start considering how a disaster might affect you, and what your personal needs would be during the event.

Twice this month, the Office of Emergency Management will hold emergency preparedness resource fairs geared towards people with disabilities and access and functional needs. Those who attend will receive useful emergency preparedness information, get assistance with registering for Fairfax Alerts and the Functional Needs Registry, as well as have the opportunity to connect with county agencies that provide emergency services for those with disabilities and access and functional needs.

Meeting Dates

  • Saturday, Sept. 17, 1-5 p.m. at the West Springfield Government Center, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield.
  • Sunday, Sept. 25, 1–5 p.m., McLean Government Center, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean.

For more information on access or functional needs, the Functional Needs Registry or these meetings, call our emergency management office at 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or email

Read Online Chat Transcript about National Preparedness Month

Posted at 12:15 p.m.

Sulayman Brown, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management

Sulayman Brown, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, answers questions during this morning’s “Ask Fairfax!” online chat.

If you missed this morning’s “Ask Fairfax!” online chat about National Preparedness Month and emergency preparedness, you can read through the questions and answers.

Sulayman Brown (pictured) from our emergency management office was on today’s chat and provided information to some very good questions. He also did a quick Facebook live before the chat and provided a couple of important preparedness tips.

If you didn’t get a chance to be on the chat and have specific questions about how to be better prepared for any type of emergency, please contact emergency management at 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or email


Join Us for an Ask Fairfax Chat About Emergency Preparedness

Posted at 8:30 a.m.

This morning at 11 a.m., staff from our emergency management office will be on hand for an online “Ask Fairfax!” chat.

If you have any questions about emergency preparedness, what and how to prepare, why being prepared for any type of emergency is important or just wondering what kinds of things our emergency management staff are involved in, join us at 11 a.m. and find out. You can get your specific questions answered as well as see what questions others in our community have.

You can submit a question in advance or join the chat and ask then. Either way, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about emergency preparedness, National Preparedness Month or our Office of Emergency Management.

See you at 11 a.m.

It’s National Preparedness Month … Do You Have a Plan?

Posted at 11 a.m.

An emergency can happen while you are at work, at home, while family members are at school or even while you are on vacation. It is never too late to get started with preparedness by making an emergency plan.

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month — a time to focus on preparing for emergencies that could affect us anytime, anywhere. This year’s theme is “Don’t wait, Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.”

In this video, Ursula Kiel with our office of emergency management talks about the importance of having a plan.

To learn how to make a family emergency plan –— as well as emergency plans for your business and house of worship — visit

For more on National Preparedness Month and how you can prepare, visit