Pets and Hot Weather

Posted at 1 p.m.

June is Pet Preparedness Month. And it’s also the beginning of summer — officially beginning today, June 21 — and that means hot weather.

Please remember: Never leave pets (or children) in the car! Temperatures rise quickly even with the windows down and it can be deadly for your pet.

  • Be sure your pets have access to plenty of water, especially when it’s hot.
  • Make sure your pet has plenty of shady places to go when outdoors.
  • Test sidewalks with your hand. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s probably too hot for your pet.
  • Avoid exercising with your pet outside on extremely hot days.

Pet Preparedness

Since pets cannot plan for themselves, it is important to make a plan for your pet’s safety.

  • Include your pets in your emergency plans.
  • Build a separate emergency kit for your pets. View what items should go in it:
  • Make sure and keep digital records and/or pictures to identify your pet after a disaster in case you become separated.
  • Include the number of an out of town relative on your pet’s ID tag.
  • Think about “microchipping” your pet. These permanent implants help locate your pet following a disaster.
  • Create a list of places that accept pets if an emergency happens.

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Verizon Wireless 9-1-1 Service Restored

Posted at 10:55 a.m.

Fairfax County’s 9-1-1 Center is reporting that Verizon Wireless has resolved the outage that affected calls to 9-1-1 this morning.

Fairfax County residents can now call 9-1-1 from a Verizon wireless phone; all issues have been resolved.

Should you have an emergency, call or text 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call the non-emergency line, 703-691-2131.


Fairfax County 9-1-1 Can Now Receive Verizon Wireless Calls

Posted at 10 a.m.

Fairfax County residents can now call 9-1-1 from a Verizon phone. While the Verizon Wireless issue remains, the county’s 9-1-1 Center has established a temporary work-around solution to allow residents to call 9-1-1 directly. However, should you experience any issues getting through, continue to text 9-1-1 or use another service provider.

Verizon Wireless Outage Affecting 9-1-1

Posted at 5:40 a.m.

Verizon Wireless is experiencing an outage affecting 9-1-1 and ten digit dialing. Fairfax County residents can text 9-1-1 from a Verizon phone as an alternate.

We will provide updates on the situation here on the blog as well as on the county’s social media channels.

SBA Disaster Assistance for County Residents Affected by May 2 Centreville Fires

Posted at 2:50 p.m.

Fairfax County businesses and residents affected by the Forest Glen Senior Apartment Complex Fire in Centreville on May 2, can now apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

U.S. Small Business AdministrationThe SBA issued a disaster declaration that covers Fairfax County, Arlington County, Loudoun County and Prince William County, Alexandria City, Fairfax City and Falls Church City in Virginia; the District of Columbia; and the counties of Charles, Montgomery and Prince Georges in Maryland.

SBA’s customer service representatives will be available at a Disaster Loan Outreach Center to answer questions about the disaster loan program and help individuals complete their applications between June 15-22.

The Disaster Loan Outreach Center opened today, Friday, June 15, and is located at the Cub Run RECenter, 4630 Stonecroft Blvd., Chantilly.

Hours of operation are:

  • Saturday, June 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 17 (closed)
  • Monday, June 18 – Thursday, June 21 , 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, June 22 (center closes at 5 p.m.

Loan Details

Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

Applicants may be eligible for a loan amount increase up to 20 percent of their physical damages, as verified by the SBA for mitigation purposes. Eligible mitigation improvements may include a safe room or storm shelter to help protect property and occupants from future damage caused by a similar disaster.

Interest rates are as low as 3.61 percent for businesses, 2.5 percent for nonprofit organizations and 1.938 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amount and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing Loan applications can also be downloaded at

Completed applications should be returned to the center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.