Posted at 11 a.m.
The county’s Office of Emergency Management held a press conference yesterday, March 19, to announce a new emergency preparedness guide to encourage residents and businesses to take personal responsibility in preparing for and responding to emergencies and/or disasters within their community.
The guide — the Community Emergency Response Guide, or CERG — has templates to make it easier for residents to create their emergency plans and lays out what to do before, during and after 14 potentials risks in Fairfax County.
The guide is available online or can be viewed in hard copy at all county libraries and district supervisor’s offices, and includes templates that will help residents and business owners develop their emergency plans and community resiliency efforts.
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.