Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council - Social Media Page

Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council - Social Media Page Citizen Corps builds on community strengths and develops emergency action plans to involve the whole community, including local businesses.

Citizen Corps is a program under the Department of Homeland Security that provides training for the population of the United States to assist in the recovery after a disaster or terrorist attack. Each local Citizen Corps Council partners with organizations, volunteers and businesses to organize responders, volunteers and professional first responders for an efficient response so efforts aren't wasted by being duplicated. By training in Incident Command, volunteers know who to report to and how the incident is organized. This prevents sites from being inundated by untrained and unprepared people milling about and getting in the way. Citizen Corps also works in conjunction with the Corporation for National and Community Service in promoting national service opportunities for promoting homeland security needs. Citizen Corps encourages citizens to engage in a number of activities to help prepare themselves and their communities: Personal Preparedness: Developing a household preparedness plan and disaster supplies kits, observing home health and safety practices, implementing disaster mitigation measures, and participating in crime prevention and reporting. Training: Taking classes in emergency preparedness, response capabilities, first aid, CPR, fire suppression, and search and rescue procedures. Volunteer Service: Engaging individuals in volunteer activities that support first responders, disaster relief groups, and community safety organizations.

Mission: The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. https://www.ready.gov/

11/15/2018

Due to weather conditions changing.. the Fairfax County meeting for the Citizens Corps Council has been cancelled... be safe out there everyone!

11/14/2018
Town of Herndon Government

In case you have concerns about tomorrow ...

Possible wintry mix tomorrow morning - please move cars off of streets tonight, just in case, so plows can get through. Town snow removal operations here:

I have received 2 calls this week from Social security Scammers... please be aware of this and DO NOT give your personal...
10/30/2018
Scammers impersonate the Social Security Administration

I have received 2 calls this week from Social security Scammers... please be aware of this and DO NOT give your personal information over the phone!

Your Social Security number is an important key for an identity thief.

If you get a buzz at 2:18 tomorrow (Wednesday) here is why..https://www.yahoo.com/gma/phones-around-country-buzz-first-n...
10/02/2018
Phones around the country will buzz with the first national emergency alert test Wednesday

If you get a buzz at 2:18 tomorrow (Wednesday) here is why..https://www.yahoo.com/gma/phones-around-country-buzz-first-national-emergency-alert-203004716--abc-news-topstories.html

On Wednesday at 2:18 p.m. EDT almost all the cell phones in the country will go off in the first nationwide test of a wireless emergency alert system. FEMA officials say they expect the alert to reach 75 percent of wireless-enabled devices, including cell phones and smartwatches. Emergency messages

Live Streaming Information about Hurricane Florence from WAVY Portsmouth, Virginia https://livestream.com/accounts/15063...
09/11/2018
Tracking Florence by WAVY Norfolk

Live Streaming Information about Hurricane Florence from WAVY Portsmouth, Virginia https://livestream.com/accounts/1506344/events/8365563/player?width=640&height=360&enableInfoAndActivity=true&defaultDrawer=&autoPlay=true&mute=false

Watch WAVY Norfolk's Tracking Florence on Livestream.com. You are currently viewing a live loop of Hurricane Florence. The storm continues to strengthen as it makes its approach towards the U.S. East Coast. COVERAGE: https://bit.ly/2O4GNLn WEATHER BLOG: https://bit.ly/2QkygFU

ATTENTION VIRGINIA Residents!  Important Information regarding Hurricane Florence!Commonwealth of VirginiaOffice of Gove...
09/10/2018
Hurricanes - Virginia Department of Emergency Management

ATTENTION VIRGINIA Residents! Important Information regarding Hurricane Florence!

Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Ralph S. Northam

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 9, 2018

Office of the Governor
Contact: Ofirah Yheskel
Email: [email protected]

Virginia Department of Emergency ManagementJoint Information Center (JIC)
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]
Phone: (804) 897-9730

Virginians Should Prepare Now for Hurricane Florence Impacts
~ While exact storm track remains uncertain, major flooding, storm surge and wind damage are likely across the Commonwealth ~

RICHMOND—Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) teams have worked throughout the weekend preparing for what may be Virginia’s most significant hurricane event in decades. With Virginia under a state of emergency, and forecasts showing Florence zeroing in on the Mid-Atlantic, the time for all Virginians to prepare is now.

While it is too soon to know the exact track that Hurricane Florence will take, the majority of forecast models are indicating significant potential impacts to Virginia in the form of coastal storm surge, catastrophic inland flooding, high winds and possible widespread power outages.

Virginia emergency managers and first responders are already mobilizing to prepare for the storm. Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency late Saturday in order to mobilize personnel and resources for storm impacts, and to speed the response to those communities that are damaged by the storm. This includes resources from VDEM, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia National Guard and others.

All Virginians should expect potential impacts and life-threatening conditions from this storm. Now is the time to prepare—Make a Kit, Get and Plan, and Stay Informed. To learn more, visit www.VAEmergency.gov/hurricanes.

It’s Not the Winds, It’s the Water

The largest threat to life from hurricanes is not the high winds. Flooding is the deadliest result of these storms.

Current forecast models indicate that Florence could strike the Carolinas and enter Central Virginia, possibly stalling and dropping more than 20 inches of rain in some areas. This will lead to widespread and dangerous flooding, inundation of roads and damaged infrastructure. Potential widespread power outages are also expected.

Citizens should prepare for rising waters, flash flooding, and remember to never drive across flooded roadways. Most injuries and deaths occur when motorists try to cross flooded roads. Roads and bridges can be damaged or completely washed away beneath flood waters, and a few inches of water can sweep vehicles downstream. Remember, turn around, don’t drown.

Coastal Virginia Threats and Potential Evacuations

Some forecast models are indicating a possible strike more directly on the Hampton Roads region and Coastal Virginia. If this track becomes a reality, Coastal Virginians can expect significant flooding, damaging winds and storm surge flooding throughout the region. If the storm moves on a coastal track, it would require the Commonwealth to enact its tiered evacuation plan, commonly known as Know Your Zone.

Residents in Coastal Virginia, especially those in evacuation zones A and B, should begin preparing for potential evacuation. An evacuation decision will be made Monday, September 10. If ordered, instructions about evacuation will be communicated via social media, television, radio, newspapers, and through local and state emergency management websites.

Citizens should make necessary preparations now to evacuate to higher ground, starting with knowing in which zone your home and business are located. You can type in your address at www.KnowYourZoneVA.org to find out your designated zone. Resources are also available on the Know Your Zone website to learn more about the program, what to plan for and expect in the event of an evacuation, and how to ensure you are ready once you receive evacuation instructions.

Once you Know Your Zone, you should stay tuned to local media for detailed instructions from your local emergency manager about where to go, available shelters and evacuation routes, and when you will be able to return to your home.

Have questions about Know Your Zone? Learn more here.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late to Prepare

With the onset of tropical storm force winds and rain only a couple of days away, the time to prepare is now. Get your home, business and family ready for whatever impacts this storm may bring. Hurricane season lasts through November 30, so more storms may target Virginia this year.

Visit http://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricanes to learn how to prepare for these deadly storms. It could save your life.

Each year, many coastal communities experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes. A hurricane’s high winds may spawn tornadoes. Torrential rains cause further damage by causing floods and landslides, which not only threaten coastal commu...

08/13/2018
member.everbridge.net

Flash Flood Watch from Fairfax Alerts
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for one of your registered addresses in Fairfax Alerts.
For more info https://evbg.co/xxhqy .

05/17/2018

Riverwatch - Fairfax County
Fairfax County is under an Areal Flood Watch until 8 a.m. Saturday and a Flood Warning effective at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 18. See email for flood precautions.

05/10/2018

Greetings everyone... please feel free to share with anyone affected by the Forest Glen fire in

Fairfax County would like to thank the generosity of our community and partners who have already contributed to support our neighbors affected by the fires in Centerville on Wednesday May 2. The response has been great.

We continue to assess the needs of the residents which will guide our donation efforts moving forward.

Recently, we received notification of the following needs:

1. Monetary donations

While gift cards continue to be a great resource, cash will work best for addressing housing needs (application costs, deposits, rent) at this time. Please consider designating a cash donation to Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, the organization taking the lead to work directly with the county and the affected residents, for this immediate need.

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
Online Cash Donations: http://wfcmva.org/(Click the Donate Button)
Phone: 703-988-9656
Email: [email protected]

2. Housing

Long term affordable housing options for those displaced by the fire, particularly our older adult residents, is a primary focus right now. We are looking for tax-credit affordability level and accessibility (ADA) among other criteria.

For offers or information on housing criteria, please contact Elisa Johnson with Fairfax County Department of Housing and Community Development.
[email protected]
703-279-7302

Thanks,

@ReadyFairfax

04/02/2018

This past Saturday, I was walking to Jimmy's Old Town Tavern to watch the Final Four when I saw a young child walking on my block all alone. I asked a few questions and walked her down to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Station 4 in Herndon where the crew on that shift did an amazing job speaking with her. Herndon Police then showed up and Officer Miranda took control of the situation and walked with her to retrace her steps. There is a happy ending to this story as she was reunited with her mother. I am so proud of our Police and Fire Departments for their help with no questions asked and the synergy in which they worked together on this. I want to especially thank Officer Miranda, who was Herndon's Officer of the Year and rightfully so. His disposition with the 5 year old was amazing and made me proud to live in this town... where everyone comes together when you needed it most! #Herndon #ILoveMyTown #Community

FCDOT News: Ride Stress Free to D.C. on New Fairfax Connector Express Service Beginning Dec. 4, 2017Beginning Dec. 4, 20...
11/30/2017
Ride Stress Free to D.C. on New Fairfax Connector Express Service Beginning Dec. 4, 2017 - Fairfax County, Virginia

FCDOT News: Ride Stress Free to D.C. on New Fairfax Connector Express Service Beginning Dec. 4, 2017
Beginning Dec. 4, 2017, Fairfax Connector Route 699 will provide express service from the Fairfax County Government Center, via I-66, directly to major regional employment and educational centers in downtown Washington, D.C., including the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank and The George Washington University Campus. Details: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/news/2017/17_017.htm

Ride Stress Free to D.C. on New Fairfax Connector Express Service Beginning Dec. 4, 2017

When natural or human-caused disasters strike, people look for ways to help survivors.As we struggle to find ways to hel...
08/29/2017
National VOAD

When natural or human-caused disasters strike, people look for ways to help survivors.
As we struggle to find ways to help our fellow human beings, we must weigh our options, and our feelings, carefully.
Before heading to a disaster area, consider the complexities of the situation. To make the most of your efforts and assist impacted communities best, consider these tips for donating and volunteering responsibly:
· Cash is the fastest way to assist disaster survivors. Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources.
Many charities specialize in providing relief in disaster areas, yet they face significant financial barriers to getting their staff, equipment, and supplies into impacted areas.
Donations helps put experienced disaster responders on the ground, and gives them the tools they need to help survivors recover.
Organizations typically prefer cash donations because they allow organizations to:
Purchase food, water, medicine, and equipment from secure and familiar supply chains
Buy materials locally — which can help rebuild the local economy
Conserve resources — money is always necessary and cheap to send, but the cost to ship material supplies can be expensive.
Remember, material supplies such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable food require helping agencies to redirect volunteer labor away from providing direct one-on-one assistance to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
· Donate through a trusted organization. At the national level, many voluntary, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate in order to help disaster survivors.
o If you’d like to donate to assist those affected by disaster, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (www.nvoad.org) is the best place to start.

· Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained and supported to respond in the most effective way.
The impulse to help when others who are suffering is commendable. However, volunteering inside a disaster area can be dangerous, stressful work in extreme environments.
If you’d like to volunteer to assist those affected by disaster, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (www.nvoad.org) is the best place to start
· Do not self deploy. Seeing images of disaster may compel you to head to the impacted area. Don’t underestimate the complexity of working in a disaster area. Until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support, volunteers should not enter.
Be sure to affiliate with existing voluntary organization before coming to the disaster area, and that organization has been asked to respond.
Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified.
Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
· Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention.
There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster - especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.

National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.

Meeting Announcement - NOVA Long-Range Transportation PlanningThe Northern Virginia Transportation Authority will host a...
07/11/2017
TransAction | Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

Meeting Announcement - NOVA Long-Range Transportation Planning
The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority will host a public meeting Wednesday in Reston and public hearing Thursday in Fairfax on its draft TransAction plan. Learn more and give feedback on transportation projects for Northern Virginia through 2040. For more information, including project list, meeting locations and schedule, visit: http://nvtatransaction.org/

Welcome to TransAction: Transportation Action Plan for Northern Virginia. Up-to-date information on Northern Virginia’s long-range transportation plan.

Did you know that our Fairfax County Health Department offers yard inpections to help find and eliminate sources of mosq...
05/07/2017
Your Field Guide to Battle Mosquitoes

Did you know that our Fairfax County Health Department offers yard inpections to help find and eliminate sources of mosquitos on your property? Details and more info such as the best protective items to wear/apply and 12 places to look for standing water: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/your-field-guide-to-battle-mosquitoes/

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

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