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Car Preparedness: Fairfax Prepares Day 28

Posted 2:40 p.m.

day 28 iconIn our recent emergency information survey, we asked about steps you have taken to be prepared. Two-thirds of respondents indicated that home preparedness kits have been created, far exceeding typical preparedness numbers nationwide. Many of our tips in this series address items you should include in your kits.

But what about your car?

Many of us drive in our community, be it across the county, into D.C. or other neighboring jurisdictions. It’s no secret many of us commute, often for long periods of time.

If you drive, then please consider a small stash of supplies for your vehicle. Only about 33 percent of survey respondents indicated they have supplies in their cars.

What should be in a car preparedness kit? Here’s a sampling of ideas across all seasons:

  • Blanket
  • Clothes with warm, comfortable footwear
  • Diapers if you have children
  • First-aid kit 
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Food, such as snack bars
  • Ice scraper/brush and snow shovel
  • Jumper cables
  • Knife
  • Maps
  • Paper towels
  • Phone charger
  • Plastic bag with seal for waste
  • Sand, salt or kitty litter
  • Sign to request help
  • Soap
  • Towels
  • Water

Also, it’s critical to ensure you have at least a quarter tank of gas in case there are massive traffic delays. You may recall the January 2011 snowstorm that caused many people to be on the roads for 10+ hours. Try to always be prepared with gas and many of the supplies listed above.

Exclamation point iconTHE ASK: Find a small bag and place in your car with as many items listed above as possible.

TELL US you’ve done this:

  • Post a quick reply in this blog’s comments section below such as “I’ve done this.”
  • Use the Twitter hashtag #fairfaxprepares and tweet your accomplishment. Include photos if you’d like.
  • Like our special Facebook page for this campaign to leave comments and share tips with your friends.
  • Email us at publicaffairs@fairfaxcounty.gov that you accomplished an ask.

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Storm Aftermath Update: Sunday Morning

Posted: 6:12 a.m.

A state of emergency remains in effect for Fairfax County and Virginia as a result of the severe storms that impacted our area Friday night.

Here’s what you need to know this morning:

9-1-1 and Non-Emergency Numbers

  • Please only call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency; do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages.
  • If you need to call public safety for a non-emergency, please use these alternate numbers: 703-691-7561 or 703-691-3680.  Do not call these numbers for power outage information.

Power

  • Of 420,668 Fairfax customers, 155,180 Dominion customers and 1,252 NOVEC customers are without power.  
  • Stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity.
  • Do not use candles as they may pose a fire threat.
  • If you have lost power or know people who have, please report the outage:
    • Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711; view outage map
    • NOVEC (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative) outages and downed wires: 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711; view outage reports

Water

  • Boil water notice is in effect for portions of Tysons, Vienna, Dunn Loring and Merrifield (Falls Church water customers). Fairfax Water customers do not need to boil water. More details and map.

Roads

  • Treat intersections with traffic lights that are out or flashing as four-way stops; the driver on the right has the right-of-way. Traffic rules during power outages.
  • For the latest info, call VDOT at 511 or 1-800-FOR-ROAD.

Heat Relief Options

High temperatures continue today. Here are tips for keeping cool and safe. County facilities will be open for those without power and others seeking relief from the heat (pets cannot be accommodated).  These facilities include:

  • Lee District RECenter
    6601 Telegraph Road
    Franconia, Va.
    703-922-9841
    Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Mount Vernon RECenter
    2017 Belle View Blvd.
    Alexandria, Va.
    703-768-3224
    Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • South Run RECenter
    7550 Reservation Drive
    Springfield, Va.
    703-866-0566
    Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Cub Run RECenter
    4630 Stonecroft Blvd.
    Chantilly, Va.20151
    703-817-9407
    Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Burke Centre Library
    5935 Freds Oak Road
    Burke, Va.
    703-249-1520
    Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.

Additionally, regional libraries with power will be open to the public. Please call to confirm. Centreville – 703-830-2223; Chantilly – 703-502-3883; City of Fairfax – 703-293-6227; George Mason – 703-256-3800; Pohick – 703-644-7333; Reston – 703-689-2700; Sherwood – 703-765-3645; Tysons Pimmit – 703-790-8088.

Transportation Update (11:30 a.m.)

Metro: Operating normal service with minor detours. Visit www.wmata.com for details.

Fairfax Connector: Operating normal service with minor detours in south county. View Fairfax Connector Facebook and Twitter feeds for details.

VRE: Not operating

Road Closures by Police District

SULLY DISTRICT

Walney Rd / Westfields At Bridge

Walney Rd / Filling Game

MOUNT VERNON DISTRICT

Old Mill & Cooper Rd

MCLEAN DISTRICT

Swinks Mill Between Old Dominion & Rt 193

Old Dominion Dr / 495

MASON DISTRICT

Woodburn Rd / Spicewood

Prosperity / Glenbrook

RESTON DISTRICT

Rt 7 / Colvin Run

Walker Rd / Walker Mill

Beach Mill Rd / Between Utterback & Springvale Rd

Leigh Mill Rd / Kelso Rd

Carpers Farm Way / Rt 7

Hunter Mill Rd / Chamberlain Dr

Beech Mill Rd Between Olympia & Goldsmith

Hunter Mill / Cedar Pond

FRANCONIA DISTRICT

Rt 1 / Cook Inlet & Rt 7100

Old Colchester Rd / Sewer Plant

Essex Ave / Exmore St To Essex

Telegraph Between Lockport Pl & Rt 7100

Rt 7100 / Backlick Rd

Telegraph Rd / NB ramp to Beltway

WEST SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT

Lorton / Between Windemere & Furnace

Hillside / Moverly Ct & Cameo Sq

Rutherford Park / Guinea

Birch Cliff Dr / Hampton Rd

Alban Rd / Terra Woods Dr

Ramps to and from Fullerton Rd from Rt 7100 NB

Rt 7100 / Boudinot

Hooes Rd / Whitlers Creek Ct

Lorton / Between 123 & Furnace

9108 Ridgely Rd

Birch Cliff Dr / Hampton Rd

Alban Rd / Rolling Rd

FAIR OAKS DISTRICT

Miller Rd / Westhurst Ln

Fox Mill Rd / Fox Mill Manor

Lawyers / Hunter Mill & Galloping Way

Deerfield / Fox Mill Rd

Morning Transportation Update (5:30 a.m.)

Metro: Operating normal service with minor detours. Visit www.wmata.com for details.

Fairfax Connector: Operating normal service with minor detours in south county. View Fairfax Connector Facebook and Twitter feeds for details.

VRE: Not operating

Road Closures by Police District

SULLY DISTRICT

Walney Rd / Westfields At Bridge

Braddock Rd / Old Lee Rd

Walney Rd / Filling Game

Compton Rd East Of Union Mill

MOUNT VERNON DISTRICT

Rt-1 & Old Mill Rd

Sacramento Dr / Rt 7100

Beltway Still Closed Inner & Outer By Telegraph

Sacramento / Pole

Pohick / Tullygate (Ft Belvoir)

Woodlawn / Rt 1

MCLEAN DISTRICT

Swinks Mill Between Old Dominion & Rt 193

Swinks Mill Between Balls Hill & Rt 193

Old Dominion Dr / 495

Towlston Between Old Dominion & Rt 193

MASON DISTRICT

Woodburn Rd / Spicewood

RESTON DISTRICT

Walker Rd / Walker Mill

Beach Mill Rd / Between Utterback & Springvale Rd

Hunter Mill Between Lawyers Rd & Hunter Station

Leigh Mill Rd / Kelso Rd

Carpers Farm Way / Rt 7

Hunter Mill Rd / Chamberlain Dr

Beech Mill Rd Between Olympia & Goldsmith

FRANCONIA DISTRICT

Rt-1 From Telegraph To Rt 1

Rt 7100 Under Telegraph Rd

Rt 1 / Cook Inlet & Rt 7100

Old Colchester Rd / Sewer Plant

Essex Ave / Exmore St To Essex

Telegraph Between Lockport Pl & Rt 7100

WEST SPRINGFIELD DISTRICT

Lorton / Between Windemere & Furnace

Hillside / Moverly Ct & Cameo Sq

Alban Rd / Terra Woods Dr

Ramps From And To Fullerton Rd From Rt 7100 N/B

Rt 7100 / Boudinot

Hooes Rd / Whitlers Creek Ct

Lorton / Between 123 & Furnace

9108 Ridgely Rd

Birch Cliff Dr / Hampton Rd

FAIR OAKS DISTRICT

Miller Rd / Westhurst Ln

Fox Mill Rd / Fox Mill Manor

Lawyers / Hunter Mill & Galloping Way

Do Not Drive Through Roadways Covered With Water

High water signWith more rain in the forecast, remember: Do not drive through roadways covered with water.

Heavy rain may cause rapid rises in creeks/streams and flash flooding in urban areas.