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.
PAW is a free event that empowers families to prepare for sudden emergencies, both natural and man-made. It will help families increase their resiliency by providing step-by-step methods to develop their emergency preparedness plans and kits. The program also provides hands-on, developmental training in family emergency planning, assembling a disaster kit, disaster meals and hands-on CPR.
Community partners will give information to families about keeping their families safe for any emergency that might arise. For example, the Fairfax County Police Department will be providing free car seat checks at the event.
Make plans to attend the Preparedness Awareness Weekend event on Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gum Springs Community Center, 8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria.
Posted at 1:30 p.m.
The Fairfax County Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Fairfax County Community Collaboration for Disaster Resiliency and the Fairfax County OEM Volunteer Corps will present a preparedness workshop — Active Violence in the Workplace — on three dates and at three locations later this month.
The workshop will provide the same presentation and information but is being offered at multiple times to provide ample opportunity for residents to find a convenient date.
Registration is required. There is no cost to attend.
Workshops will be presented on:
- April 23 – Reston Association Conference Center, 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston. Click here to register
- April 24 – Immanuel Baptist Church, 6911 Braddock Road, Springfield. Click here to register
- April 30 – Fairfax County Government Center Auditorium, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Click here to register
The workshop is designed to define active violence, review active violence incidents in U.S. history, discuss options when planning a response and to discuss police response. Additional information will be available on the Stop the Bleed program, Continuity of Operations for businesses and the Community Resiliency Group program.
Posted at 1:15 p.m.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory today, in effect until 8 p.m. tonight.
Heat index values will be up to 107 degrees with maximum temperatures in the mid to upper 90s. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
Staff from our Office of Emergency Management, Health Department and Office to Prevent and End Homelessness joined us to discuss today’s heat advisory, what you can do to stay cool and safe in the summer heat, as well as what you should be aware of and can do to assist our vulnerable population.
For more information on extreme heat, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/hazards/extreme-heat.htm. For the current weather forecast, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/weather-forecast.htm.