Posted at 3 p.m.
Are you signed up for the Functional Needs Registry? If so, you might have received a call in late October asking you to verify the information you have entered into the Fairfax Alerts system.
Twenty volunteers from the Office of Emergency Management’s Volunteer Corps, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) worked to call over 700 residents who are signed up for the registry. If you did not get a call or still need to verify your information, please call 571-350-1015.
You can sign up for the Functional Needs Registry at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts. If you have any questions or need more information, call the Office of Emergency Management at 571-350-1000, TTY 711.
What is the Functional Needs Registry?
The Functional Needs Registry is a tool for Fairfax County in pre-event emergency planning, resource management and communicating with families and individuals who have identified a disability or access and functional need. The Functional Needs Registry has 12 functional need categories to select, as well as a “care provider” category for those who care for someone with a disability or access and functional need.
The registry is part of the Office of Emergency Management’s efforts to assist residents in preparing and planning for emergencies. For example, prior to or during a crisis emergency, Fairfax County staff uses this notification system to inform of potential dangers or emergencies that could affect those in our community and to provide timely updates to residents.
There is no guarantee that services will be provided, nor does registration guarantee that services will be received on a preferential basis. Residents should continue to follow emergency protocol by calling 9-1-1 in the event of a life-threatening emergency even though they have subscribed to this registry.
Posted at 10 a.m.
Fairfax Alerts is Fairfax County’s way of sending you emergency alerts, as well as severe traffic and weather alerts, right to your smartphone and email inbox.
Check out this video showing just one way that Fairfax Alerts can make a positive impact in your life.
Sign up for alerts today at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts.
Posted at 12:30 p.m.
The National Weather Service winter weather advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 27.
A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
Get the complete forecast
This Afternoon’s Commute
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is encouraging commuters in Fairfax County and across Northern Virginia to prepare for the afternoon commute, which is expected to be much more difficult than this morning as rain and wintry mix increases to snow throughout the day.
VDOT is asking drivers to commute/travel in the early afternoon if possible, prior to 4 p.m., to get ahead of increasing precipitation and dropping pavement temperatures expected this evening.
Between this morning’s rush hour and the afternoon rush today, VDOT crews will be applying a light application of salt, or mix of salt and liquid magnesium chloride, to problem spots such as bridges, ramps, hills and overpasses on main roads and in neighborhoods. Crews will continue to treat roads through the evening rush and overnight tonight.
Bridge and pavement temperatures are forecasted to be at or below freezing from 6 p.m. today through mid-day Tuesday.
If out on area roads, please use caution, particularly in neighborhoods where slick conditions may develop this evening.
Finally, with perhaps the first major storm of the winter approaching, don’t forget to sign up for weather alerts from Fairfax Alerts.
Our Office of Emergency Management provides the service for free; you just have to sign up. You can receive alerts on up to 10 devices, such as home phone, mobile phone (including text) and email, as well as receive alerts geo-targeted to up go five locations, such as home, work or school locations for children.
Posted at 11 a.m.
The former CEAN platform will no longer be used after Sept. 30, so we want to make sure that if you were receiving alerts that you continue to receive them after the full switch over to Fairfax Alerts.
Posted at 10 a.m.
A couple of months ago, we changed our emergency alerting system from the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN)* to Fairfax Alerts.
Sulayman Brown with our Office of Emergency Management (OEM) says there are several advantages to the new system, including that you can register multiple devices — up to 10 delivery methods like home phone, cellphone, email, text messaging and more — to receive emergency messages from Fairfax Alerts.
Brown adds that one of the major advantages of Fairfax Alerts is the ability to customize your weather alerts, not only for specific work or home locations, but also times during the day or night when you don’t want to receive weather alerts. You get to pick the types of weather alerts you wish to receive, along with traffic and public safety alerts.
It’s simple. If we can’t reach you, we can’t alert you. So sign up right now for emergency alerts from Fairfax Alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts.
* Note: If you were registered in CEAN, that service will end on Oct. 1. To continue receiving alerts for weather, traffic and emergencies, you must register for Fairfax Alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts