Important Storm Information

from the Pat Herrity Report:

I just wanted to send you a quick reminder to fill up on gas, charge your electronic devices, and check on elderly neighbors during the storm this afternoon, as well as send you some important links and phone numbers. Details about closures, power outages and other important information is below, and keep up to date on what’s going on and emergency alerts at the County’s emergency blog – http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/

Stay safe!
Pat Herrity, Fairfax County – Springfield District Supervisor

Dominion
When the power goes out use this website to see their restoration work. Please report any downed power lines or outages through Dominion’s interactive voice response system (1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), or via smartphone here.

Stay away from downed lines and anything touching them, and please report them immediately to your power company.

Verizon
To report an outage call 1-800-837-4966.

Cox
To report an outage call 703-378-8422.

Washington Gas
If you smell gas, or in the event of a natural gas emergency, leave the area immediately and call 911 and Washington Gas at 703-750-1400 or 1-800-752-7520. WG customer service line: 703-750-1000.

Roads
Current road conditions and hazards can be found here –http://www.511virginia.org/ or you can call 511. After 2 inches of snow you can track VDOT’s plowing here –http://novasnowplowing.virginia.gov/ To report hazards or ask road related questions call 800-367-7623

Emergencies
Please only call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency; do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages. If for some reason you are unable to reach 9-1-1, use these alternate numbers: 703-691-7561 or 703-691-3680. These numbers may be used for either emergency or non-emergency calls. Do not call these numbers for power outage information.

Downed Trees
Please report downed trees you see appropriately, if trees fall in your neighborhood, here’s who to call regarding removal:

Adjacent to Public Roads: Contact Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD, TTY 711.
On County Parkland: Contact Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594, TTY 703-324-3988.
Posing Hazard to Public Areas: Contact Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770, TTY 703-324-1877
Private Property: Removal is the property owner’s responsibility.

Local Resources
Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management
Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management-Emergency Alert Sign Up
Dominion Virginia Power
WTOP 

State Resources
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Virginia 511 Road Conditions

Federal Resources
The National Weather Service
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Federal Emergency Management Agency

2014 State of the County Address

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova will be giving the 2014 State of the County Address, this Wednesday, January 15th from 7:30pm-8:00pm on Channel 16. From schools to human services to the budget and local economy, the State of the County will highlight the progress the County has made in the past year and preview the year ahead for residents.

Highlights include:

  • Higher education, STEM degrees, and FCPS enrollment
  • Crime rate reduction
  • An update on regional transportation improvements
  • The transformation of the old Springfield Mall
  • Ana a preview of the 2015 World Police and Fire Games hosted by Fairfax County

The address also features guest appearances from newly elected Sheriff Stacey A. Kincaid, Schools Superintendent Karen Garza, Police Chief Ed Roessler, and Fire & Rescue Chief Richard Bowers. The address will be available on-demand starting Thursday, January 16 at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/chairman.

Take Precautions in Extreme Cold Weather

To lower your risk:

  • Wear cold weather appropriate clothing like gloves/mittens, hats, scarves and snow boots. Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing and cover your face and mouth if possible.
  • Be aware of the wind chill factor. Wind can cause body-heat loss.
  • Stay dry, and if you become wet, remove any wet clothing immediately.
  • Limit your time outdoors.
  • Do not ignore shivering. It’s an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
  • If the heat in your home doesn’t work properly, contact your local government to find a warming center near you.

(taken from Virginia Department of Health)

and check on elderly friends and neighbors frequently to ensure that their homes are adequately heated.