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One glance at the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center homepage today shows us that we are moving towards the most active ...
08/16/2020

One glance at the NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center homepage today shows us that we are moving towards the most active part of hurricane season at ⚡ speed!

This week, it's time to TEST. YOUR. KNOWLEDGE! How many tropical weather preparedness myths do you believe?

Stay tuned Monday! 😲😉🌀

WOW how did we miss the 200 day mark of emergency response to COVID-19?!It feels like just yesterday we were saying than...
08/14/2020

WOW how did we miss the 200 day mark of emergency response to COVID-19?!

It feels like just yesterday we were saying thank you to our Fairfax County Health Department friends in late April. Thank you for being #FairfaxStrong for another 100!

Sunday marked 200 days of emergency response to COVID-19.

If we all continue to do our part and follow some basic actions, we can box in COVID-19 and keep our community safe. Please, keep it up to keep numbers down.

https://bit.ly/314rklI #FFXCOVID

Happy #LeftHandersDay from all of your Office of Emergency Management Lefties! 🤚 What a pre-pandemic #ThrowbackThursday ...
08/13/2020

Happy #LeftHandersDay from all of your Office of Emergency Management Lefties! 🤚

What a pre-pandemic #ThrowbackThursday photo! Do you remember what it used to be like to not wear masks?

Us either. Keep wearing em! 😷

The weather continues to impact travel and road safety. As of 11:55A, there are closures reported from the Mason Distric...
08/13/2020
Weather-Related Road Closures

The weather continues to impact travel and road safety. As of 11:55A, there are closures reported from the Mason District Station and the West Springfield Station. This blog will continue to be updated through Fairfax County Police Department.

https://bit.ly/3ajXi2f

The following roads are currently impacted by the rain today. This list includes locations where the roads are shut down or traffic is currently being affected. This will be updated periodically. …

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has already responded to water rescues today, which means that there are local...
08/13/2020

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department has already responded to water rescues today, which means that there are locally flooded roads or roads with water too deep to cross safely.

Please be careful! It is better to find a detour than to never show up to your destination. If you cannot see the lines on the road under the water - it is too deep!

[8/13 at 3P]: The Flood Warning has expired. However, still be on the lookout for standing water. An expired warning doe...
08/13/2020

[8/13 at 3P]: The Flood Warning has expired. However, still be on the lookout for standing water. An expired warning does not mean expired impacts.

A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect until midnight.
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[8/13 at 9:30A]: Another Flood Warning is in effect, but this time for central Fairfax County until 3 PM. Flooding is occurring or will be occurring shortly in warning area.

Avoid flooded roads and monitor for rising water. Stay off of the roads if possible. #TurnAroundDontDrown

The Flood warning has expired.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------[8/13 at ...
08/13/2020

The Flood warning has expired.
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[8/13 at 9:00A]: A Flood Warning is in effect for a small area of SE Fairfax County until 3P today. A warning means that flooding is either about to happen or happening now.

Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

The Flash Flood Watch has expired.----------------------------------------------------------------------We are not out o...
08/13/2020

The Flash Flood Watch has expired.
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We are not out of the woods regarding the flash flood risk today. Another Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 12 AM due to another round of slow moving storms.

Flooding of low lying areas, streams, and roads is possible, as well as landslides and washouts. Be safe today!

[8/12 at 8:45P]: The Flash Flood warning has been cancelled. The Flash Flood Watch is still in effect until 11P. #VaWx--...
08/12/2020

[8/12 at 8:45P]: The Flash Flood warning has been cancelled. The Flash Flood Watch is still in effect until 11P. #VaWx
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[8/12 at 6:55P]: A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Reston and portions of Fairfax County until 10:30P tonight. A Flash Flood Warning means that flash flooding IS occurring. Avoid high water, especially while driving. Never cross a flooded road.

Due to the continued high need of face coverings, the generosity from Wegmans will go a long way to help our community s...
08/12/2020

Due to the continued high need of face coverings, the generosity from Wegmans will go a long way to help our community stay safe! Thank you for donating 20,000 masks to support our community members!😷

❤️We are all in this together, and #FFXStrong❤️

Fairfax County Health Department published a fotonovela, a Spanish language video that uses photos, graphics and sound t...
08/12/2020

Fairfax County Health Department published a fotonovela, a Spanish language video that uses photos, graphics and sound to tell a story. The video shares the tale of Camilla and her family, who have adopted new routines to keep everyone safe at home. #StaySafe #Maskup

https://bit.ly/33RIeYe

[8/12 at 2:35P]: The flood warning has been cancelled. Continue to drive safely and carefully today.Fairfax County is st...
08/12/2020

[8/12 at 2:35P]: The flood warning has been cancelled. Continue to drive safely and carefully today.

Fairfax County is still under a Flash Flood Watch until 11P.
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[8/12 at 7:30A]: A Flood Warning is in effect for North central Fairfax County along Difficult Run until 12:15 PM. Locations include Oakton, Wolf Trap, and Great Falls.

Avoid high water in area.

[8/11 at 3:20P]: A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Fairfax County for tomorrow (Wednesday) from noon until 11 PM.S...
08/11/2020

[8/11 at 3:20P]: A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for Fairfax County for tomorrow (Wednesday) from noon until 11 PM.

Slow moving showers are expected tomorrow, causing a chance of flash flooding. Areas could receive 1-2 inches with isolated areas receiving up to 4 inches.

08/10/2020

Living in COVID times, it doesn't seem like Isaias passed over the region almost a week ago. Can you believe that there are still over 82,000 outages from the damage?! And that was only a tropical storm! 🤯

What are the top three items you should have?
https://bit.ly/31HR6gm

Volunteers make the 🌎 go 'round, and Fairfax County CERT are some of the most enthusiastic volunteers that you will ever...
08/10/2020

Volunteers make the 🌎 go 'round, and Fairfax County CERT are some of the most enthusiastic volunteers that you will ever meet!

Shout out to our local CERT team and their passion to serve the community in which they live. #InThisTogether #FFXStrong

Fairfax County CERT and Fire Department members have recently completed their 10th emergency food distribution to vulnerable families in our region.

With the help of hundreds of volunteers, and in partnership with Fairfax County Supervisors Rodney Lusk, Kathy Smith, and Penny Gross, our teams have provided critical dairy, produce, and milk products to more than 15,500 families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We've even expanded our efforts - in partnership with the Fairfax County Animal Shelter - to provide emergency food to families with pets.

To learn more about the CERT program and how to be prepared for emergencies, visit us at https://fairfaxcountycert.org/

Fairfax County Animal Shelter Supervisor Rodney Lusk Sully District NCAC, BSA Supervisor Penny Gross Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association

Is Saturday shopping on your to do? If so, don't forget that it is VA Sales Tax Free Weekend! Preparedness supplies such...
08/08/2020

Is Saturday shopping on your to do? If so, don't forget that it is VA Sales Tax Free Weekend! Preparedness supplies such as generators, chainsaws, and other items can be purchased with no tax all weekend.

Prep shopping is awesome, but don't forget 😷! We are still in a pandemic!

We have a big favor to ask @catsofinstagram. Plz share this info w/ other cat parents to keep😺safe during all emergencie...
08/08/2020

We have a big favor to ask @catsofinstagram. Plz share this info w/ other cat parents to keep😺safe during all emergencies ⚡️🌪🔥🌬 #InternationalCatDay
Prep Checklist:
🐾Collar w/ ID
🐾Pet carrier and bedding
🐾Cleaning supplies
🐾Toys & bowls
🐾Vet records & contact info

Could you get by on the supplies you have if your neighborhood looked like the graphic? What about a long-term power out...
08/07/2020

Could you get by on the supplies you have if your neighborhood looked like the graphic? What about a long-term power outage? Many communities are still without power after Isaias.

Missing some items? Take advantage of tax-free prep supplies this weekend. https://bit.ly/2ZhGW3V

08/07/2020

Our team 🎉 celebrates Daniela Maldonado on the outstanding work she has done in the EOC Logistic Team! After many weeks supporting #COVID19 response, she heads back to her home agency w/ new training/experience under her belt! Thank you Daniela for your hard work & dedication to the mission! 👏👏

🗣Community leaders! Have you heard of the new Partner Portal? Here it is: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-cor...
08/07/2020
COVID-19 Tools for the Fairfax Community | Health

🗣Community leaders! Have you heard of the new Partner Portal?
Here it is: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/health/novel-coronavirus/tools
Help us spread credible information in the community.
How?
Use this “Grab & Go” language written for YOU!
Where?
👥 Presentations
👥 Social media or What’s App groups
👥 Newsletters, blogs, etc.

Listen, the options are endless. We are counting on you to help share credible information! 🤝
#OneMessageManyVoices

Fairfax County, Virginia - COVID-19 information and resources for the Fairfax Community

08/07/2020

For #FollowFriday this week, we are assessing our preparedness tasks from the storm this past week! How many prep tasks did you do before #Isaias?

Reply in the comments with the emoji that shows your number of actions and tag at least one person with it to see how many they did. Feel free to also share the post with your Facebook network.

Can you guess how many we did???

🥳Our August newsletter hit emails today! 🥳This month, we covered @WRNAmbassadors, the CDC COVID-19 Toolkit for Access/Fu...
08/06/2020

🥳Our August newsletter hit emails today! 🥳

This month, we covered @WRNAmbassadors, the CDC COVID-19 Toolkit for Access/Functional Needs, Ready Fairfax Social Media, VA Sales Tax Holiday, and more!

Opt in through your Fairfax Alerts Account to receive yours in September. If you haven't signed up for Fairfax Alerts, then you won't have an account yet. Sign up for emergency alerts AND the newsletter at the same time!

https://bit.ly/2Uv8yAO

[8/6 at 5P]: A Flood Warning has been issued for parts of SE Fairfax County until 8:45P. Heavy rain is ongoing and could...
08/06/2020

[8/6 at 5P]: A Flood Warning has been issued for parts of SE Fairfax County until 8:45P. Heavy rain is ongoing and could cause excessive runoff in streets, streams, and low-lying urban areas.

Play it smart. Continue to avoid driving through water on roads. #TADD - save a life.

Calling all residents passionate about building emergency kits (that better be all of you 😉): The Virginia Department of...
08/06/2020

Calling all residents passionate about building emergency kits (that better be all of you 😉):

The Virginia Department of Taxation Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend! Generators, chainsaws, and other preparedness items can be bought tax-free. Tag us and show us your new goodies! https://bit.ly/2ZhGW3V

Yesterday, Governor Ralph Northam introduced the new Virginia Department of Health  #COVID19 contact tracer app to allow...
08/06/2020

Yesterday, Governor Ralph Northam introduced the new Virginia Department of Health #COVID19 contact tracer app to allow for both community protection and the protection of privacy.

Visit COVIDWISE.org and VDH web sources for more information.

We are proud to introduce our new app to help stop #COVID19 in Virginia. Join the movement and download COVIDWISE for free in the App Store or on Google Play. Help protect your community while protecting your privacy. Visit COVIDWISE.org to learn more.

We received A LOT of rain this week, with more on the way. Have you checked some common water traps in your yard for sta...
08/06/2020
Your Field Guide to Battle Mosquitoes

We received A LOT of rain this week, with more on the way. Have you checked some common water traps in your yard for standing water? #TipAndToss standing water to prevent mosquito reproduction. Mosquitoes can carry disease.

https://bit.ly/3e7CQ5Q

We all dislike mosquitoes. Here's a battle plan to combat them in Fairfax County, including 12 locations to tip and toss standing water.

[8/6 7:40A]: ICYMI while 😴: NWS has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect until midnight. Storms today may cause some min...
08/06/2020

[8/6 7:40A]:
ICYMI while 😴: NWS has issued a Flash Flood Watch in effect until midnight. Storms today may cause some minor flash flooding today due to the ground being saturated from Isaias rainfall.

Some storms were noisy and already moved through early this morning. We definitely need some ☕️ now from being woke up by that ⚡️.

08/05/2020

#Isaias may be gone, but hurricane season isn't over yet! Did you know that tropical system activity peaks in Sept?

If you didn't sign up for #FairfaxAlerts yet - do so today! Receive weather alerts, road closures, and other safety info: https://bit.ly/2Uv8yAO

[8/4 at 12:25P]: As #Isaias moves north, @NWS_BaltWash has cancelled the Flash Flood Watch for our area. This means addi...
08/04/2020

[8/4 at 12:25P]: As #Isaias moves north, @NWS_BaltWash has cancelled the Flash Flood Watch for our area.

This means additional flash flooding will not occur, but that does NOT mean that roadways are all open and clear. Be careful driving!

Also, stay out of any floodwaters.

Tornado warnings have been popping up this morning in the MD/VA area. While the greatest risk of spin up tornadoes is ea...
08/04/2020

Tornado warnings have been popping up this morning in the MD/VA area. While the greatest risk of spin up tornadoes is east of us, know what to do in case you receive a tornado warning.
🌪️Get inside interior room in sturdy building
🌪️Do not shelter in car unless last resort

🌧️☔ is expected to start overnight tonight into Tues. Spotting flooded roads is hard enough during the day. At night, yo...
08/03/2020

🌧️☔ is expected to start overnight tonight into Tues. Spotting flooded roads is hard enough during the day. At night, you might not see one until it is too late. 🚗🌊

It's best to stay home. If you HAVE to drive at night in any rain, slow down and watch for water. #IsaiasFFX

Tropical systems can bring gusty winds that can blow objects around. Don't lose your stuff and protect your home and car...
08/03/2020

Tropical systems can bring gusty winds that can blow objects around. Don't lose your stuff and protect your home and car from damage! 💨🍃

Secure outdoor items like patio furniture, basketball goals, and trash cans. Consider removing dead tree branches before the storm. #Isaias

One of the most important #Isaias tips is to #Have3Ways to receive weather alert/emergency info.Technology can fail and ...
08/03/2020

One of the most important #Isaias tips is to #Have3Ways to receive weather alert/emergency info.

Technology can fail and outages can occur. Have AT LEAST 3 options!

⚠️Phone: Emergency Alerts, Fairfax Alerts, Apps
⚠️NOAA Radio/Battery-Powered Radio
⚠️SM (like our account)!

During storms, one of the most helpful items to have are local storm impact reports from our community. These reports ca...
08/03/2020

During storms, one of the most helpful items to have are local storm impact reports from our community. These reports can help us make informed decisions to help keep people safe.

Feel free to share storm reports with us on social media if you can SAFELY using #IsaiasFFX.

Did you know? The red area on the map has the highest flash flood risk from #Isaias over the next three days. Fairfax Co...
08/03/2020

Did you know? The red area on the map has the highest flash flood risk from #Isaias over the next three days. Fairfax County is in the red area.

What does this mean? It means we can expect to see flash flooding Tuesday, especially in poor drainage areas on on roads. Prepare.

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