Posted at 11:50 a.m.
Preparedness is sometimes a tricky topic to talk about. In 2013, some new ways to express the importance of preparedness were produced and we’re sharing three of our favorites this week, beginning with this video.
From gearing up for the zombie apocalypse to a flash mob encouraging readiness, promoting public preparedness has taken numerous creative forms. And now emergency managers in Virginia are getting vocal – by turning popular songs into catchy messages about what to include in an emergency kit and other useful information.
Tanya Ferraro, medical reserve corps coordinator for two health districts in southwest Virginia, and Keith Dowler, regional health-care coordination center manager for the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance, came up with the idea to turn popular songs into messages about preparedness over lunch before Thanksgiving.
Ferraro said an hour later they had written the lyrics and recorded the video, which was soon posted on YouTube. “I am a big fan of using social media to engage people and teach people about disasters and make it interesting,” she said.
To read the lyrics, visit the YouTube page with the video.
Reprinted from the Emergency Management website.
And if you’re now inspired to prepare, check out our 30 ways in 30 days tips to becoming better prepared for the next emergency.
“Fall Back” and Gain an Hour of Sleep
Published at 11:45 a.m.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) officially ends Sunday morning, Nov. 3, at 2 a.m. And that means we need to turn clocks back an hour to standard time. Many of us aren’t up at 2 a.m. — or plan to get up at that time — just to change our clocks. So remember to move all your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.
Daylight Saving Time is something we don’t pay much attention to — it’s just part of life every March and November to move our clocks. This year we’re asking that you make DST a bigger event in your home.
In addition to changing the time on your clocks, make it your goal to accomplish these two tasks before you go to bed tomorrow night to make sure you’re prepared for any possible emergency:
- First, change the batteries in your smoke alarms. For years, fire officials have encouraged changing the batteries in your smoke alarms every six months; what better reminder than Daylight Saving Time. Since it only takes a couple of minutes to change your batteries this is an easy “to do” item.
- Second, check your emergency supply kits (both in the home and your vehicles). Are they fully stocked? If not, make a quick list of what you need to get them ready, run to the store and update your kits. We’re still in hurricane season and winter weather will soon be here, so you’ll want to make sure you and your family are prepared for any possible emergency.
Being prepared doesn’t take a lot of time or money. But you do have to take action. So — change your smoke alarm batteries and update your emergency supply kits. And don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed tomorrow night.
Our Fire Department’s “Safety in Our Community” (SIOC) program, which began in June, has firefighters canvassing homes in neighborhoods every Saturday afternoon, checking for working smoke alarms. Firefighters install batteries and/or smoke alarms free of charge and offer home safety inspections and seasonal fire and safety information as part of the SIOC program. For more life safety information and details on the SIOC initiative, visit fairfaxcounty.gov/fr.
For more on emergency preparedness and making an emergency kit, contact our emergency management office at 571-350-1000, TTY 711.
Posted at 11:30 a.m.
September was National Preparedness Month. Did you build – or update – your emergency supply kit? Does your family have an emergency plan?
If not, it’s okay. You can make your plan at any time. The important part is to make a plan.
When it comes to being ready in a crisis, it’s all about preparedness. Winging it is not an emergency plan. Talk to your kids about who to call, where to meet, what to pack. And check out the video below for a humorous look at how NOT to make your plan.
Posted at 4 p.m.
Does your emergency plan include all members of your family? Remember any special needs for elderly family members as well as children, and don’t forget your pets.
Learn more about emergency preparedness at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency.
Posted at 1:15 p.m.
In this video, David McKernan, coordinator of emergency management, discusses emergency supply kits, their importance and what should be part of a kit.
September is National Preparedness Month, so it’s the perfect opportunity to take a few minutes and get better prepared by putting together an emergency supply kit for your home, office and vehicle(s). Learn more about emergency supply kits and how to assemble one.