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Ready Arlington The official Facebook account of Arlington County Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management. Account not monitored 24/7. If you have an emergency, please call 911.
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Online Public Participation policy: http://ht.ly/2ezu30l9F1Y The Arlington County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was established in April 2003 as part of an organizational realignment plan identifying several areas where the County had the opportunity to take services in Arlington to the next level. In 2017, the name was changed to the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management. Critical service areas are emergency preparedness, including public involvement, integrated training and protocols, and day to day operation of the Emergency Communications Center. The purpose of the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Management is to integrate and appropriately staff emergency management policy and program development, emergency preparedness planning and emergency communications. Arlington County Social Media General Terms of Use: https://newsroom.arlingtonva.us/social-media-general-terms-use/

Mission: To provide the highest level of emergency preparedness for the residents and visitors of Arlington

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Keep cash nearby in case you need access to money in situations like a prolonged power outage, where ATMs or mobile mone...
12/28/2020

Keep cash nearby in case you need access to money in situations like a prolonged power outage, where ATMs or mobile money may not be available. Even $5 can make a difference - that’s gas to make it a few miles, or a snack, charger, etc.

#financialprep #emergencyprep #arlprep

12/28/2020
Dont forget your pets in emergency planning

Don't forget your pets when thinking about emergencies. What supplies will they need if you need to leave home quickly, like vet record copies, a leash, food and poop bags? Can you put together a go bag for them? Learn more at ready.gov/pets.

This holiday season, make sure to keep taking the steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from COVID-19, includi...
12/27/2020

This holiday season, make sure to keep taking the steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from COVID-19, including wearing a mask, physically distancing, washing your hands often, and staying home as much as you can. We can do this, Arlington.

As we binge TV over the holidays, this guy wants to remind you that winter is here. Take steps to prepare for hazardous ...
12/27/2020

As we binge TV over the holidays, this guy wants to remind you that winter is here. Take steps to prepare for hazardous winter weather. Compile supplies like flashlights, blankets, and an ice scraper for your car and make sure you’re following @ArlingtonAlert for weather updates.

We wish you a joyous #Kwanzaa and a new year full of peace and prosperity.
12/26/2020

We wish you a joyous #Kwanzaa and a new year full of peace and prosperity.

Merry Christmas! We hope your day is filled with happiness and love, and send extra well-wishes to all the essential per...
12/25/2020

Merry Christmas! We hope your day is filled with happiness and love, and send extra well-wishes to all the essential personnel working away from family throughout the holiday season.

Do you have winter weather emergency supplies in your car? You don't need to go out and buy them all at once, but stock ...
12/24/2020

Do you have winter weather emergency supplies in your car? You don't need to go out and buy them all at once, but stock up piece by piece so you can be prepared for snow and ice emergencies that could keep you in the cold for an extended time.
Learn more: https://bit.ly/2gDevru

The holiday season may look different this year, with many of us celebrating away from family to keep each other safe fr...
12/23/2020

The holiday season may look different this year, with many of us celebrating away from family to keep each other safe from #covid19. We know it’s hard to be away from loved ones and we thank you for making tough decisions, like staying home, to help stop this pandemic. Thank you.

An @ArlingtonEPAC member kindly made and delivered face masks for our staff and @ArlingtonVaPD + @ArlingtonVaFD teammate...
12/22/2020

An @ArlingtonEPAC member kindly made and delivered face masks for our staff and @ArlingtonVaPD + @ArlingtonVaFD teammates. Our favorite part of the thoughtful fabric is the “stronger together” text, because that’s how we will get through this pandemic. Together, as a community.

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Your home. Please stay home to help stop the spread of #COVID19. We know it...
12/22/2020

There’s no place like home for the holidays. Your home. Please stay home to help stop the spread of #COVID19.

We know it is hard to be away from loved ones, especially this time of year, but we need collective action now to end this pandemic. We can do it.

Stay ahead of traffic, weather and more by registering for @ArlingtonAlert. Free on up to ten devices. ArlingtonAlert.co...
12/22/2020

Stay ahead of traffic, weather and more by registering for @ArlingtonAlert. Free on up to ten devices. ArlingtonAlert.com

2020 has seen more Arlington households in financial crisis than ever before. You can help your neighbors by taking part...
12/21/2020

2020 has seen more Arlington households in financial crisis than ever before. You can help your neighbors by taking part in the @ArlingtonDHS Secret Santa Program! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3eujclm

Brainstorming holiday gifts? How about items for an emergency kit? After all, emergency preparedness is a gift that keep...
12/21/2020

Brainstorming holiday gifts? How about items for an emergency kit? After all, emergency preparedness is a gift that keeps on giving. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2FfTovI

Register for @arlingtonalert to recieve alerts about traffic, severe weather, major events and more. Free on up to ten d...
12/20/2020

Register for @arlingtonalert to recieve alerts about traffic, severe weather, major events and more. Free on up to ten devices. Visit ArlingtonAlert.com.

Accidentally dial 9-1-1? Don't hang up!We'll have to call you back if you do, which means fewer free dispatchers to take...
12/19/2020

Accidentally dial 9-1-1? Don't hang up!

We'll have to call you back if you do, which means fewer free dispatchers to take calls from people in need.

Stay on the line and let us know it was an accident. We promise we won't mind!

12/18/2020
Don't forget your pets when emergency planning

Don't forget your furry family members when planning for emergencies. Visit ready.gov/pets for considerations to think through, like what to pack in a go bag, how to identify a pet shelter, and more.

Do you have a family emergency plan? Topics to consider: where will you meet if you're separated? Who are your local and...
12/17/2020

Do you have a family emergency plan? Topics to consider: where will you meet if you're separated? Who are your local and out of town emergency contacts? What important needs should young kids know how to share (allergies, meds)? Learn more: https://bit.ly/3cb50fX

12/17/2020
May 2020 COVID19 pop up event

Ever wanted to go behind the scenes of a #COVID19 testing event? #TBT to one of our biggest pop up events from last spring, where we tested over 1000 people in just 4 hours. Looking for testing near you? Visit https://bit.ly/2Lo8LoV.

#emgtwitter #publichealth

12/16/2020
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⚠️ The County’s COVID-19 sample collection sites will close early today (Dec 16) due to inclement weather.

1429 N Quincy Street will close at 2 PM.

Arlington Mill Community Center will close at 3 PM.

Find alternative locations at https://bit.ly/2KoxGrX. Stay safe and warm!

We understand how tired you are of #covid19 - we are too. We miss hugging friends, gathering indoors, and the simple ple...
12/16/2020

We understand how tired you are of #covid19 - we are too. We miss hugging friends, gathering indoors, and the simple pleasures that are limited now.

It’s hard, but keep taking steps to reduce virus spread and stay safe. It will take collective action to end this. We can do it.

Be a different sort of snow angel this winter: take care of your elderly + isolated neighbors. Call to check in, offer t...
12/16/2020

Be a different sort of snow angel this winter: take care of your elderly + isolated neighbors. Call to check in, offer to bring by food, or shovel their sidewalks. A small act of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s life.

The County's COVID-19 hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm for questions about symptoms, care, testing and support...
12/15/2020

The County's COVID-19 hotline is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm for questions about symptoms, care, testing and support services. Call 703-228-7999. Only use 9-1-1 during an emergency.

Pandemic or not, other emergencies may still occur. Don't forget to take #COVID19 into account as you plan for them, inc...
12/15/2020

Pandemic or not, other emergencies may still occur. Don't forget to take #COVID19 into account as you plan for them, including adding hand sanitzer and face masks to your emergency supplies.

Is there a better way to learn the difference between a #StormWatch and #StormWarning than with warm cookies (and maybe ...
12/15/2020

Is there a better way to learn the difference between a #StormWatch and #StormWarning than with warm cookies (and maybe hot chocolate, too!)? Happy holidays!

#arlwx #dcwx #learnfromhome #emgtwitter #stormready #winterweather

Shopping for unique holiday gifts? How about emergency supplies? Preparedness is a gift that keeps giving.
12/14/2020

Shopping for unique holiday gifts? How about emergency supplies? Preparedness is a gift that keeps giving.

Do you need assistance purchasing cat or dog food and supplies this holiday season? @AWLAArlington is delivering pet sup...
12/14/2020

Do you need assistance purchasing cat or dog food and supplies this holiday season? @AWLAArlington is delivering pet supply parcels to County residents in need on Dec 24. Sign up by visiting https://bit.ly/2ITv6tO.

Always share your location first when you call or text 9-1-1. This helps us quickly send resources your way even if you ...
12/14/2020

Always share your location first when you call or text 9-1-1. This helps us quickly send resources your way even if you get disconnected.

Not sure of your address? Share what details you can, like nearby stores, intersections, or exit signs.

#911education #communitysafety

Winter weather season approaches. Take time today to prepare, including updating emergency supplies for your home and yo...
12/14/2020

Winter weather season approaches. Take time today to prepare, including updating emergency supplies for your home and your car + registering for weather alerts with @ArlingtonAlert and @NWS. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2HhfpvC

Call @ArlingtonDHS's Economic Independence Division at 703-228-1350 if you need financial assistance with repairs to you...
12/13/2020

Call @ArlingtonDHS's Economic Independence Division at 703-228-1350 if you need financial assistance with repairs to your heating or with utility bills.

As we shop online this season, take steps to keep yourself secure. Can you spot when you're being phished? It harder tha...
12/12/2020

As we shop online this season, take steps to keep yourself secure.

Can you spot when you're being phished? It harder than you think. Take the quiz to see how you do. https://bit.ly/2MrZBUW

#cybersecurity #cyberaware #becybersmart

Face Mask: An Acrostic PoemF or goodness sakeA ll of us mustC ollect masks andE xcept when home, wear themM om, dad and ...
12/11/2020

Face Mask: An Acrostic Poem
F or goodness sake
A ll of us must
C ollect masks and
E xcept when home, wear them
M om, dad and neighbors will thank you
A s will we (and the whole world)
S top the pandemic
K indness + collective action are what it takes to do so

Have you ever accidentally dialed 9-1-1? Accidents happen - it's ok! If you pocket dial 9-1-1, remain on the line to let...
12/11/2020

Have you ever accidentally dialed 9-1-1? Accidents happen - it's ok! If you pocket dial 9-1-1, remain on the line to let the dispatcher know. Otherwise they'll have to call you back to check in, which means fewer free dispatchers to take calls from people in need. #911education

This holiday season, make sure to keep taking the steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from COVID-19, includi...
12/10/2020

This holiday season, make sure to keep taking the steps to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from COVID-19, including wearing a mask, physically distancing, washing your hands often, and staying home as much as you can. We can do this, Arlington.

2020 has seen more Arlington households in financial crisis than ever before. You can help your neighbors by taking part...
12/10/2020

2020 has seen more Arlington households in financial crisis than ever before. You can help your neighbors by taking part in the @ArlingtonDHS Secret Santa Program! Learn more: https://bit.ly/3eujclm

Happy first night of #Hanukkah! May your holiday season be filled with love and light.
12/10/2020

Happy first night of #Hanukkah! May your holiday season be filled with love and light.

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OEM is responsible for: -The Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) -Implementation of Emergency Plans -The Emergency Operations Plan -Managing the Emergency Operations Center -Advising the Emergency Management Team, which includes the Deputy County Manager, the Police Chief, the Fire Chief, the Department of Public Works Director, the Communications & Public Affairs Director, the School Superintendent, and the Sheriff -Monitoring/advising the Emergency Support Functions (Task Groups) -Directing initial emergency notifications to the public -Providing a staff liaison to the Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission (EPAC)

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The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 left 343 New York firefighters dead. Retired FDNY Lieutenant James J. O’Donnell survived that horrific day but attended over 150 memorial services for those that passed. Now, he shares the lives of 10 heroes who perished in the attacks, as told by their parents in “Sons of Valor, Parents of Faith.” “The crashing of two planes into the Twin Towers not only dismantled the buildings but hundreds of families as well. Mothers and fathers were left in the rubble of these attacks, searching for husbands, brothers and sons. Some of them never received answers nor recovered the bodies,” O’Donnell said. “The parents’ spiritual and emotional journeys can serve as an example of faith rising over despair.” “Sons of Valor, Parents of Faith” serves as a memorial to the lives and careers of 10 first responders who perished on 9/11. O’Donnell presents a unique and personal look at how the parents of these heroes were consoled by the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the role that they played in helping them manage their grief in the aftermath of a national tragedy. In their own words, these faithful families share their sons' bravery and sacrifice so that it will never be forgotten. These parents not only recount the lives of their children but their own road to healing. O’Donnell takes a special look at the role faith played in the lives of those that perished and their families. “Sons of Valor, Parents of Faith is meant to help readers understand the stress, hardship and sometimes devastation that parents and families of first responders face,” O’Donnell said. “I also hope that readers realize the efforts and sacrifices of the FDNY and their families. Not only on that day but in the ensuing months and years.” Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Westbow Press.