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Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday Morning; This Year Do More Than Just Changing Your Clocks

“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.

ClockDaylight 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.

Video: “Seat of Your Pants” Emergency Planning

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.


Visit ready.gov/kids and our emergency information page for tips and information.

Video: Emergency Preparedness for the Whole Family

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.

In the video above, Bruce McFarlane, inclusive emergency planner with our Office of Emergency Management, highlights important items to remember when making your emergency plans and kit.

Learn more about emergency preparedness at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency.

Video: The Importance of Assembling an Emergency Supply Kit

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.

30 Ways to Prepare | Learn more about emergency preparedness

Planning is an Important Part in Being Prepared

Posted at 1:20 p.m.

In case you haven’t heard, September is the 10th annual National Preparedness Month, sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

One of the goals of highlighting preparedness during September is to educate about the importance of preparedness, as well as how to prepare for emergencies, including natural disasters, mass casualties, biological and chemical threats, radiation emergencies and terrorist attacks.

All of these hazards — and others — are also something the county is planning and preparing for as well. David McKernan, coordinator of our emergency management office, says his office has several main functions, one of which is planning for numerous emergency possibilities — natural and manmade.


McKernan stressed that while the county is preparing for all types of hazards, residents also need to prepare by assembling an emergency supply kit.

“Make sure you have emergency food, water, medications and other supplies in an emergency kit so you can sustain yourself for at least three days,” he said, adding that medications are an often overlooked, important part of an emergency supply kit.


We’ve got suggestions and more information on how to put together an emergency supply kit and what should be included on our preparedness Web page. In addition, Ready.gov has some good info on how to build an emergency supply kit.

To hear more about the Office of Emergency Management and what they do, as well as emergency preparedness, check out the Sept. 4 edition of “The County Conversation” podcast featuring David McKernan.