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The purpose of official Fairfax County social media accounts is to present matters of public interest. We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns, but please note these are moderated online discussion sites. We recognize social media is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage our staff resources (your tax dollars), we gener

The purpose of official Fairfax County social media accounts is to present matters of public interest. We encourage you to submit your questions, comments, and concerns, but please note these are moderated online discussion sites. We recognize social media is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage our staff resources (your tax dollars), we gener

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🐈Happy National Respect Your Cat Day! 🐈What better way to respect your cat than to make sure that their needs are includ...
03/28/2022

🐈Happy National Respect Your Cat Day! 🐈What better way to respect your cat than to make sure that their needs are include included in your emergency kit planning!

As we head into the spring severe weather season⛈🌪, it is important to know the difference between a watch and warning. ...
03/28/2022

As we head into the spring severe weather season⛈🌪, it is important to know the difference between a watch and warning. It is also important to know what to do when one is issued! Take time today to communicate your shelter plan to family and coworkers. You never know when you might need it.

Last week’s severe weather caused tornadoes in many different states. Understand the difference between a watch and a warning so you know what to do and when to act:

⚠️Tornado WATCH = stay alert & be ready to shelter
⚠️Tornado WARNING = take shelter immediately in a safe place

In 2004 the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was created as a stand-alone agency in the county. Late last year we be...
03/25/2022

In 2004 the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was created as a stand-alone agency in the county. Late last year we became the Department of Emergency Management and Security (DEMS). However our mission remains the same: to protect the lives, environment, and property of Fairfax County residents from emergencies and disasters by leading and coordinating the county's emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts.

Do you know why we like to use hashtags # in our posts so much? Not only because they help us share emergency preparedne...
03/25/2022

Do you know why we like to use hashtags # in our posts so much? Not only because they help us share emergency preparedness information, but because they look like waffles! 🧇Happy International Waffle Day! 🧇

To round out Virginia Emergency Management Professionals Week, we would like to recognize the security division, the sta...
03/25/2022

To round out Virginia Emergency Management Professionals Week, we would like to recognize the security division, the staff that ensures the safety of county staff and any visitors that visit county facilities.

This week our Community Engagement Manager, Courtney Arroyo, and Assistant Coordinator of Training and Exercise, Cara Ho...
03/24/2022

This week our Community Engagement Manager, Courtney Arroyo, and Assistant Coordinator of Training and Exercise, Cara Howard, presented at the Virginia Emergency Management Symposium on Engaging the Whole Community. They presented our CERG and the new companion documents!

 is our preparedness program that we use to educate the community and increase awareness on emergency preparedness.
03/24/2022

is our preparedness program that we use to educate the community and increase awareness on emergency preparedness.

Our Training and Exercise division take all the plans and ensures everyone is trained on them and then exercises them! T...
03/24/2022

Our Training and Exercise division take all the plans and ensures everyone is trained on them and then exercises them! This is how we test what works, what doesn't, and then make changes based on what we learned.

As part of Virginia Emergency Management Professionals Week, we would like to recognize our Planning and Policy Analysis...
03/24/2022

As part of Virginia Emergency Management Professionals Week, we would like to recognize our Planning and Policy Analysis Division.

Our Finance and Administration division manages the funds for the agency but also are the gears behind federal disaster ...
03/23/2022

Our Finance and Administration division manages the funds for the agency but also are the gears behind federal disaster relief and recovery programs.

For Virginia Emergency Management Professionals Week, we would like to recognize our Technical Services Division. These ...
03/23/2022

For Virginia Emergency Management Professionals Week, we would like to recognize our Technical Services Division. These staff members make sure we have all the tools and resources to support the mission of emergency management in Fairfax County.

This morning, partners from across Virginia gathered to listen to a presentation about the evacuation of people out of A...
03/23/2022

This morning, partners from across Virginia gathered to listen to a presentation about the evacuation of people out of Afghanistan into Dulles International Airport. Kudos to everyone involved in the operation!

As we recognize our Emergency Management Professionals, we want to highlight our Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program...
03/22/2022

As we recognize our Emergency Management Professionals, we want to highlight our Continuity of Operations (COOP) Program.

This week is Virginia Emergency Management Professionals Week. We would like to start by introducing our agency's leader...
03/22/2022

This week is Virginia Emergency Management Professionals Week. We would like to start by introducing our agency's leadership!

Thunderstorms are most common in the summer, but can occur in any season. Learn about the dangers of thunderstorms, and ...
03/22/2022

Thunderstorms are most common in the summer, but can occur in any season. Learn about the dangers of thunderstorms, and what to do during them here: http://ow.ly/Z4oX50IoFh2

There is something that we need to 🌮taco🌮 about! Did you know that today is National Crunchy Taco Day? Making today a gr...
03/21/2022

There is something that we need to 🌮taco🌮 about! Did you know that today is National Crunchy Taco Day? Making today a great day to use tacos review the difference between a Watch and Warning! Make sure to spread the word to friends and family!

Help us celebrate Emergency Management Professionals Week! Emergency Managers develop emergency plans, train and exercis...
03/20/2022

Help us celebrate Emergency Management Professionals Week!

Emergency Managers develop emergency plans, train and exercise plans, provide emergency warnings, notifications and alerts, and acquire resources to protect lives and property and enhance resiliency for the future.

Have you taken Stop the Bleed? If not, take this opportunity to get trained! You could save a life with these skills!
03/20/2022

Have you taken Stop the Bleed? If not, take this opportunity to get trained! You could save a life with these skills!

We’ve teamed up with Inova Fairfax Hospital and Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department to offer our community the opportunity to learn how to stop life-threatening blood loss.

The class is being held at Chantilly High School on March 23. Visit https://bit.ly/34QEt8p to register.

📣Today is the last day to apply for our Program Manager or Lead Planner position. Full job descriptions can be found on ...
03/18/2022

📣Today is the last day to apply for our Program Manager or Lead Planner position. Full job descriptions can be found on the county’s job page, bit.ly/3syXXHG

An improperly installed fence can clog storm flows – runoff from perception - and cause water to pond on a person's prop...
03/18/2022

An improperly installed fence can clog storm flows – runoff from perception - and cause water to pond on a person's property. Blocked water can damage a fence, draw mosquitoes, and hasten lawn erosion.

Learn more: http://ow.ly/u4fc50IgtOZ

[3/18 at 7:43 AM] A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 10 AM. Expect visibilities one quarter mile or less. 🌫 A few f...
03/18/2022

[3/18 at 7:43 AM] A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 10 AM. Expect visibilities one quarter mile or less.
🌫 A few fog safety driving tips below:
🚗Adjust your speed & allow extra time to reach your destination
💡 Use low-beam headlights & fog lights
🛑 Leave plenty of distance ahead of you to account for sudden stops

Don’t count on being lucky!🍀 Know your risk for the area that you live and work.🍀 Make a plan to lessen the impact of th...
03/17/2022

Don’t count on being lucky!

🍀 Know your risk for the area that you live and work.
🍀 Make a plan to lessen the impact of those risks.
🍀 Build a kit to be ready for disasters and emergencies.

Emergency Kit Checklist: http://ow.ly/WWXz50IlM95

You can never be too prepared. Create a plan to protect your property from flooding.  Help keep your home, family and ne...
03/17/2022

You can never be too prepared. Create a plan to protect your property from flooding. Help keep your home, family and neighbors safe this flood season by utilizing these helpful flood prevention tips.

Flooding: http://ow.ly/CHsG50Igtzg

A floodplain is the flat area located adjacent to the main stream channel. When stream banks overflow during or after a ...
03/16/2022

A floodplain is the flat area located adjacent to the main stream channel. When stream banks overflow during or after a storm, the floodplain provides natural storage for the excess water.

Flood Plain View: http://ow.ly/ZB9350IgtfJ

Photos from Fairfax County Environment's post
03/15/2022

Photos from Fairfax County Environment's post

Properties in a Special Flood Hazard Area and have a federally backed mortgage are required to participate in the Nation...
03/15/2022

Properties in a Special Flood Hazard Area and have a federally backed mortgage are required to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. However, the program is available to all property owners.

National Flood Insurance Program: http://ow.ly/WyWE50Igt07

Timeline photos
03/14/2022

Timeline photos

It's Flood Awareness Week in Virginia!

Did you know...
💧 One inch of water in a home can cause more than $25,000 in damages.
💧 Flood insurance is not the same as homeowners insurance; most homeowners' insurance policies do not cover flooding.
💧 In our county, the average flood insurance costs between $400 and $1,000 annually.

Learn about the 6 ways to protect your property from floods: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/6-ways-protect-your-property-floods

Join our team! We are hiring 3 positions within our department:- Program Manager (Technical Services Division)- Lead Pla...
03/14/2022

Join our team! We are hiring 3 positions within our department:

- Program Manager (Technical Services Division)
- Lead Planner (Planning and Policy Analysis Division)
- Assistant Security Manager (Security Division)

For more info, visit the county’s job page, bit.ly/3syXXHG

Happy 🥧 day! Use today as a reason to treat yourself to your favorite pie flavor! What is your favorite pie flavor?
03/14/2022

Happy 🥧 day! Use today as a reason to treat yourself to your favorite pie flavor! What is your favorite pie flavor?

The National Flood Insurance Program was created to enable property owners in participating communities, including Fairf...
03/14/2022

The National Flood Insurance Program was created to enable property owners in participating communities, including Fairfax County, to purchase flood insurance protection. Flood insurance information: https://www.floodsmart.gov/

Emergency Managers provide the skills necessary to develop emergency plans and procedures, train and exercise plans, pro...
03/14/2022

Emergency Managers provide the skills necessary to develop emergency plans and procedures, train and exercise plans, provide emergency warnings, notifications, and alerts, and acquire resources to protect lives and property and enhance resiliency to emergency events.

Virginia Flood Awareness Week is an ideal time to prepare for potential flooding ahead of Spring rains and hurricane sea...
03/13/2022

Virginia Flood Awareness Week is an ideal time to prepare for potential flooding ahead of Spring rains and hurricane season. We hope to educate the public about flood risk and promote the need for flood insurance.

Stay tuned throughout the week for tips!

Don't forget to spring forward! Use this time to move your clocks forward, and to switch out the batteries in your smoke...
03/13/2022

Don't forget to spring forward! Use this time to move your clocks forward, and to switch out the batteries in your smoke detectors!

March is Development Disabilities Awareness Month! A great time to check out the Access and Functional Needs Considerati...
03/13/2022

March is Development Disabilities Awareness Month! A great time to check out the Access and Functional Needs Considerations section of the Community Emergency Response Guide: http://ow.ly/Npsl50IelwQ

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas from all of us at the Department of Emergency Management and Security. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable day!
Need some last minute stocking stuffer ideas? Consider buying emergency preparedness items loved ones can use in their emergency kits! These items can go a long way during a disaster or emergency.
🛍️Still shopping? Give the gift of preparedness! Here are some ideas:
📱Phone Chargers
🔥Smoke Detectors
😷Masks/Hand Sanitizer
🔋Flashlight/Batteries
🥫Can Opener
❄️Ice Scraper
🛠️Multi-Tool
Planning to hit the road? Now is the time to make sure your vehicle is travel ready by checking the following:
✅ Battery, belts, hoses and wiper blades
✅ Tires and tire pressure
✅ Fluids and lights
✅ Weather forecast
✅ Emergency kit!!!!
Are you planning to travel for the holidays? Traveling by car? Remember to pack an emergency supply kit: https://bit.ly/3Flwtcz



We are currently seeking interns! Application deadline is January 7th. Opportunities include:
⛈️Exercise design and development
📢Community Engagement
📝Emergency Planning
💻EOC Operations
💲Grants/Finance
✍️Continuity of Operations

Learn more: https://bit.ly/2OWpQ5m
Are you taking your pets with you for the holidays? Add a few emergency items for your pets, like water and food.

Pet travel tip: Pack something familiar like a toy or blanket to help alleviate stress.

More info: https://bit.ly/3gbbqOA


Whether you are team snow or no snow you should be prepared this winter! Read below for the latest Fairfax County snow information. And like always, make sure you are signed up for Fairfax Alerts to receive up to date weather alerts and updates.

❄️Fairfax Alerts Registration: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts
Need more ideas for 🎁?

For more ideas, check out the emergency kit checklist: https://bit.ly/3fMcyYV
Always make sure to stay alert in the kitchen, even when family and friends are over for the holidays🎁
Are you still trying to think of the PERFECT 🎁? Give a practical gift, such as items that can go in your emergency kit!

📻 Radio
🔋 Batteries
🧩 Games
📙 Books
🛠️ Tools

For more ideas, check out the emergency kit checklist: https://bit.ly/3fMcyYV
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