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The Office of Emergency Management coordinates and collaborates with our partners to reduce the impact of emergencies and disasters through a comprehensive emergency management program.

Preparedness does not have to require a lot of time or money. Most of you may have emergency supplies laying around your...
05/29/2020

Preparedness does not have to require a lot of time or money. Most of you may have emergency supplies laying around your home! Is there a hurricane approaching? You can take some time to gather your supplies in a bag to prepare for an evacuation before one is issued.

In the meantime, have an idea of where these items are located so you can gather them quickly when you need them. Try this scavenger hunt this weekend!

PS: Don't forget to bring cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer, and other COVID-19 protective supplies with you when you evacuate! They will be essential for public sheltering or being around others.

#KeepPrepSimple #HurricaneWeek #EasyPrepKits

Do you know your neighbor? The COVID19 response has shown that our communities really lean on one another during emergen...
05/28/2020

Do you know your neighbor? The COVID19 response has shown that our communities really lean on one another during emergencies to ensure we are all taken care of. Many people have offered to make grocery runs for those who are high risk for COVID.

The same is applicable for tropical storms! Prepared neighborhoods have shown to have less loss of live, reduced severity of injury and trauma, and less property damage. Establish virtual neighborhood groups and a contact list to help get to know each other and prepare during times of social distancing.

#KeepPrepSimple #HurricaneWeek #CommunityIsKey

Did you know? There are some actions you can take to minimize or eliminate disaster impacts. While some mitigation actio...
05/27/2020

Did you know? There are some actions you can take to minimize or eliminate disaster impacts. While some mitigation actions can be costly, some can be simple, cheap, and easy to complete!

Check out our list for the hazards associated with tropical weather here locally. Can you do any of these over the next few weeks to prepare for any future tropical storms?

#ReadyFairfax #HurricaneWeek #KeepPrepSimple

Just like with COVID-19, it is important to receive up-to-date information on developing impacts and actions to take to ...
05/26/2020

Just like with COVID-19, it is important to receive up-to-date information on developing impacts and actions to take to stay safe during other emergencies such as severe weather. The best way to receive this information is to sign up for FAIRFAX ALERTS!

Your local system provides weather alerts as well as updated information for you to stay informed. Keep in mind that this system is OPT IN, so you must sign up to receive the alert!

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/2Uv8yAO

#KeepPrepSimple #FairfaxAlerts #HurricaneWeek

05/26/2020

COVID-19 has led to some family members stepping up as a main caretaker of a loved one with disabilities. While you are taking care of others, it is so important as a care provider to ensure that you are taking care of yourself! Here are some tips to help caretakers:

-Find a Support Group ❤️❤️❤️
-Practice Self-Care🏋️‍♀️🚶‍♀️📖🎵
-Stay connected with friends virtually 📱☎️💻

Check out this recent Fairfax County blog post for more tips:
https://bit.ly/2M1ijTS

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month👂💬At least 46 million people in the United States have a hearing or other communic...
05/25/2020

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month👂💬

At least 46 million people in the United States have a hearing or other communication disorder. For these individuals, the basic components of communication—sensing, interpreting, and responding to people and things in their environment—can be challenging. COVID-19 has added additional challenges but here are some resources that can help:

COVID-19 Resources:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: https://bit.ly/3ebr0qI
The Virginia Department of Deaf and Hard of Hearing: https://bit.ly/3ebRGrv.
American Sign Language videos: https://bit.ly/2ZpT8Cx.
Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing medical communication card : https://bit.ly/2ypfDfC

While Fairfax County isn’t located on the coast, we still have threats and impacts associated with hurricanes and tropic...
05/25/2020

While Fairfax County isn’t located on the coast, we still have threats and impacts associated with hurricanes and tropical storms locally.

The three of greatest concern are:
🌧️Flooding
🍃Gusty Winds
🔌Long-Term Power Outages

Remember to never drive across flooded roads, tie down any loose objects, and keep nonperishable food and emergency charging sources ready as needed.
#ReadyFairfax #HurricaneWeek

On this Memorial Day, we remember & honor all of the brave men and women who have fallen. We will never forget their cou...
05/25/2020

On this Memorial Day, we remember & honor all of the brave men and women who have fallen. We will never forget their courage, selfless service, & devotion to safeguarding our freedoms 🇺🇸.

🗣COVID19 reminder: If you choose to spend time outdoors, stay 6ft apart & wear a cloth face cover 😷 to slow the spread.

(May 24, 11:50 a.m.) The COVID-19 testing site targeted in Bailey’s has reached capacity for today. Please visit this we...
05/24/2020

(May 24, 11:50 a.m.) The COVID-19 testing site targeted in Bailey’s has reached capacity for today. Please visit this webpage for more testing information: https://bit.ly/2J26WJP

(24 de mayo, 11:50 a.m.) El sitio de prueba para COVID-19 en la comunidad de Bailey’s, ha alcanzado su capacidad hoy. Visite esta página web para obtener más información sobre sitios de pruebas: https://bit.ly/2J26WJP

(May 24, 11:50 a.m.) The COVID-19 testing site targeted in Bailey’s has reached capacity for today. Please visit this webpage for more testing information: https://bit.ly/2J26WJP

Have you checked your calendar? Hurricane season starts next Monday on June 1st! 📅Hurricane preparedness can seem daunti...
05/24/2020

Have you checked your calendar? Hurricane season starts next Monday on June 1st! 📅

Hurricane preparedness can seem daunting, but being ready can be achieved through small steps that do not require a lot of time or money. Our goal is to keep preparedness simple this year. Stay tuned this next week!

Every small action counts!
#KeepPrepSimple #HurricaneWeek #ReadyFairfax

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing | Health
05/23/2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing | Health

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Testing | Health

Fairfax County, Virginia - If you think you have symptoms of COVID-19, contact your doctor or health care provider.

The rain moved in this morning just in time to make for a soggy commute! If you have to drive or pick up essential items...
05/22/2020

The rain moved in this morning just in time to make for a soggy commute! If you have to drive or pick up essential items this morning, please remember to modify driving to fit the conditions!

🚗 Slow down
🚗 Lights On
🚗 Wipers On
🚗 Increase Following Distance
🚗 Don't Slam Brakes
🚗 Watch for First Responders on Side of Road

If you must be out this morning, be safe!
#ReadyFairfax #DriveSafe

What a turnout! 33.6 tons of food was donated to help local food banks feed hope as we continue to respond to COVID19. D...
05/20/2020

What a turnout! 33.6 tons of food was donated to help local food banks feed hope as we continue to respond to COVID19.

During emergencies, our community has proven that we are all #InThisTogether. ❤️

Stuff the Bus Food Drive for COVID-19 Response Is a Resounding Success; 33.6 Tons of Food Donated: https://bit.ly/2Xghuvz

❤️ Thank you! #FFXstrong

The Health Department is asking for the donation of cloth face coverings to support local nonprofit providers and the lo...
05/19/2020

The Health Department is asking for the donation of cloth face coverings to support local nonprofit providers and the low-income client households they serve.

😷Have a cloth face covering donation?😷
Fill out the form at the link below or call 931-981-9698 and a donations team member will coordinate your donation.

For pattern instructions and more info: https://bit.ly/2XflyfT

Stuff the Bus begins today (5/19) at 10 AM! See the website for drop-off locations and safety measures.#StuffTheBusFairf...
05/19/2020

Stuff the Bus begins today (5/19) at 10 AM! See the website for drop-off locations and safety measures.
#StuffTheBusFairfax

Stuff the Bus Tuesday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 21 locations across the county. Help restock local food pantries for neighbors in need.
✔️Learn how to donate safely.
✔️Details: https://bit.ly/2yYCEGL

🚑It's #EMSWeek this week!🚑Thank you for your dedication to save lives and help others. Your work positively impacts our ...
05/18/2020

🚑It's #EMSWeek this week!🚑

Thank you for your dedication to save lives and help others. Your work positively impacts our community every day. #ThankYouEMS #ThankAMedic #FFXStrong

Leaving home to pick up necessities can be stressful for many older adults due to the increased risk of COVID-19 exposur...
05/18/2020
New Countywide Grocery Shopping and Pharmacy Pick-up Service for Older Adults - Fairfax County Emergency Information

Leaving home to pick up necessities can be stressful for many older adults due to the increased risk of COVID-19 exposure when out in public.

In response to the increased needs of residents who are 60 years old and older and who require assistance, the Fairfax County Health Department’s Neighbor to Neighbor Program has launched a free grocery shopping and pharmacy pick-up service. The service is provided to seniors at private residences by volunteers who have completed background checks.

To request shopping and pharmacy pick-up, or to find out if you are eligible for financial assistance to obtain food, contact the Fairfax County Aging, Disability and Caregiver Resource line at 703-324-7948.

Website: https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/05/14/new-countywide-grocery-shopping-and-pharmacy-pick-up-service-for-older-adults/

Posted at 4:30 p.m. Leaving home to pick-up groceries, prescriptions and other necessities is stressful for many Fairfax County residents due to the risk of COVID-19. Older adults, in particular, are often left without many good choices for getting the supplies they need. Some people choose online o...

Stay prepared by visiting our Hurricane/Tropical Storm page bit.ly/3cEcIPf and ensure you have a plan with our Community...
05/17/2020

Stay prepared by visiting our Hurricane/Tropical Storm page bit.ly/3cEcIPf and ensure you have a plan with our Community Emergency Response Guide (CERG) bit.ly/2WDsJzj #FFXstrong #ReadyFairfax #VAwx

...ARTHUR MOVING NORTH-NORTHEASTWARD...

Tropical Storm Arthur is centered at 8 a.m. EDT about 355 miles (575 km) south-southwest of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It's moving toward the north-northeast near 9 mph (15 km/h). A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected to occur during the next 24 to 48 hours. On the forecast track, Arthur will remain well offshore the east coast of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina today, and then move near or just east of the coast of North Carolina on Monday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the center. Some strengthening is forecast to occur during the next 48 hours. Arthur is likely to lose its tropical characteristics on Tuesday.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Surf City to Duck, North Carolina, including Pamlico and Albemarle Sound. Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area on Monday.

Arthur is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over coastal North Carolina tonight and Monday, with locally higher amounts. Swells generated by Arthur are affecting portions of the east coast of Central and North Florida. These swells are expected to spread northward during the next few days, and could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions across much of the U.S. southeast and mid-Atlantic coasts. Please consult products from your local weather office - www.weather.gov

The next complete advisory will be issued by NHC at 11 a.m. EDT- hurricanes.gov

🥫Tomorrow is the first day of the Fairfax County Stuff the Bus food drive event! The second day will be Tuesday, May 19t...
05/15/2020

🥫Tomorrow is the first day of the Fairfax County Stuff the Bus food drive event! The second day will be Tuesday, May 19th. This drive will help local food pantries keep food available as the need increases due to COVID-19.

🥫Consider stopping by one of many location options to drop off requested food items. Please visit the website below for location details and drop-off safety measures. Be sure to bring a face covering. https://bit.ly/2ZaSIzF

🗣PSA: We echo the message shared by our colleagues from  Ready Arlington... if you wore it to protect yourself. Place it...
05/13/2020

🗣PSA: We echo the message shared by our colleagues from Ready Arlington... if you wore it to protect yourself. Place it in the trash to protect everyone else.

❌Don’t be a litter bug! Help us keep our community safe and clean by properly discarding of your PPE 🚮!

Find out the details of the recent restriction extension by the Governor in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia until M...
05/12/2020
Governor Extends Public Health Restrictions in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia Until May 29 - Fairfax County Emergency Information

Find out the details of the recent restriction extension by the Governor in Fairfax County and Northern Virginia until May 29.

Posted at 2:20 p.m. Following a joint request by Northern Virginia governments, the state’s public health restrictions will remain in effect in the region until Friday, May 29. Fairfax County, along with other localities, asked Gov. Ralph Northam to maintain the public health measures due to the n...

This week we are honoring those who protect and serve. To both past and present Fairfax County Police Department officer...
05/11/2020

This week we are honoring those who protect and serve. To both past and present Fairfax County Police Department officers 👮‍♂️ 👮‍♀️, thank you for all you do to keep our community safe 💙❤️!

#NationalPoliceWeek
#PoliceWeek2020

[5/12 at 8 AM]: The Frost Advisory is no longer in effect.----------------------------------------------------------The ...
05/11/2020

[5/12 at 8 AM]: The Frost Advisory is no longer in effect.
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The US National Weather Service Baltimore/Washington has issued a Frost Advisory for Fairfax County starting tonight at 12 AM and ending at 9 AM Tuesday morning. Near freezing temps will likely result in frost formation, which could kill any unprotected sensitive plants.

🌱Take action this afternoon or evening to cover or bring inside any sensitive plants that might be outside!🌱
#PreparingFairfax #FrostAdvisory #BeAForce

05/10/2020

This #MothersDay we celebrate all MOMS for always making us feel at home no matter where we are! 💐Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at OEM!
💝Stay home and celebrate w/ members of your immediate household or celebrate virtually w/ extended family ❤️ Stay safe & enjoy your day!

For #FriendlyFriday as a part of #ResiliencyWeekVA, #ReadyFairfax wants to remind you that physical distancing for your ...
05/08/2020

For #FriendlyFriday as a part of #ResiliencyWeekVA, #ReadyFairfax wants to remind you that physical distancing for your child does not mean emotional distancing!

While the CDC continues to discourage playdates and group child activities, there are creative ways to have virtual play time with friends! Check out some ideas to ensure your child stays healthy emotionally and socially. #MentalHealthMonth

It's #TeacherAppreciationWeek and we appreciate you Fairfax County Public Schools! Our local teachers have worked hard t...
05/08/2020

It's #TeacherAppreciationWeek and we appreciate you Fairfax County Public Schools! Our local teachers have worked hard to provide an educational environment all while navigating the challenges of being physically apart.

Thank you for staying strong and inspiring our youth to learn during #COVID19!

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for Fairfax County from late Saturday night through Sunday mornin...
05/08/2020

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Watch for Fairfax County from late Saturday night through Sunday morning. Impacts include possible damage to:
🌬 Sensitive plants 🌱
🌬 Uncovered outdoor pipes🚰

Take action to protect tender plants from the cold this weekend by covering them. Consider protection of outdoor water pipes as well.
#PreparingFairfax #VAFreezeWatch

Its gonna feel more like March than May this weekend. Freeze potential is concentrated in areas west of DC and Baltimore tonight thanks to a gusty wind, but may be more widespread Saturday night as light winds, clear skies and dry air allow temps to plummet.

During stressful times, one of the most important things to do is to step away and unplug momentarily. Unplugging allows...
05/07/2020

During stressful times, one of the most important things to do is to step away and unplug momentarily. Unplugging allows the brain and body to refresh and re-energize. Our #ReadyFairfax team is taking time each day to stay mentally charged and refreshed as we continue to respond to #COVID19.
🏃🏃‍♀️🌞🌳
How do you unplug each day? #ResiliencyWeekVA #MentalHealthMonth #UnplugUnwind

This weekend, the weather may have you looking at your 📅 to check what season we are in. It's spring, we promise! 🌷That ...
05/07/2020

This weekend, the weather may have you looking at your 📅 to check what season we are in. It's spring, we promise! 🌷

That being said, wind chill values could be in the 20s/30s in our region Friday night, so don't forget to bring your pet inside! #PetPrep #ColdSafety #BeAForce

⚠️ Please read this latest post alert 🚨
05/07/2020

⚠️ Please read this latest post alert 🚨

(⚠️Long post alert, but please read⚠️)

3 Reasons Why COVID-19 Continues to be on the Upswing in the Fairfax Health District
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It’s been 60 days since we reported our first case of COVID-19 in the Fairfax Health District. While no one can say for certain what will happen in the future, knowledge of past pandemics does give us a broad direction as to where we are going – and, broadly speaking, we need to maintain our endurance.

We are still in the exponential growth phase of our epidemic curve – that means that COVID-19 cases in our health district continues to increase.

We know if everyone of us adheres to community mitigation activities that are ongoing throughout the county, state and region – things like isolation and quarantine, social distancing, hand hygiene and the wearing of face coverings – we will continue to flatten the curve. But for now we can still expect to see growth in cases, hospitalizations and unfortunately, deaths.

There are three primary reasons why.

1️⃣ Significant community-wide transmission happening in our region, which means more people are getting sick and in turn infecting others. This is true in every part of our health district, but especially in congregate settings like nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where clusters of cases can occur quickly. The Fairfax County Health Department has been proactively deploying public health teams to local facilities to prevent and mitigate disease spread.

2️⃣ Commercial lab capacity continues to increase and more testing means more cases documented. Our daily case counts reflect the number of results received from labs in a 24-hour period that are investigated and entered in the state’s electronic reporting system. So as testing increases through commercial labs, we expect to see an increase in the number of batches of cases being reported to the Health Department each day.

3️⃣ What is counted by public health as a COVID-19 case has changed. Before, you needed a positive COVID-19 laboratory test to be counted as a case. Based on new guidance from our federal and state public health partners, patients diagnosed clinically by their doctor because of their symptoms and a known exposure to COVID-19, but whose illness was not confirmed with a positive test, are also counted as a case. So our case counts now reflect both laboratory-confirmed and “probable” cases.

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From past pandemics, what we’ve seen is not a single disease wave but multiple disease waves. If that is true for COVID-19, there is the possibility that all of things we are doing now may need to be repeated if we experience future waves of disease.

➡️ So, we have to be prepared for this not to be a sprint but a marathon. Even as Virginia and other states begin to ease some restrictions and re-open parts of the economy, it’s important that we continue do the things that will slow the spread of COVID-19:

☑️ Stay home and away from others as much as possible.
☑️ Isolate ourselves when we become sick so we don’t spread the disease.
☑️ If we get sick, reach out to our close contacts so they can stay home and away from others for at least 14 days.
☑️ Wear face coverings in public settings or in situations where it is difficult to do social distancing (staying 6 feet apart).
☑️ Wash our hands frequently and do not touch our eyes, nose or mouth.

LINK TO FULL POST: https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/05/07/covid-19-continues-to-be-on-the-upswing-in-the-fairfax-health-district-here-are-3-reasons-why/

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