Winter Weather Preparation

source: Eileen Filler-Corn (House of Delegates 41st District) newsletter

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for many parts of the Commonwealth including the 41st District area of Fairfax County. While I am down in Richmond for week 6 of the General Assembly Session, I wanted to provide you with important numbers and websites in case of an emergency.

One important website to be aware of is the Fairfax County Emergency Information website which provides constant updates on the weather forecast and conditions.  That website can be found here. Additionally, VDOT has winter travel tips and information here.

The Commonwealth also has their winter weather preparedness website availablehere. You can also download the new Ready Virginia app for your phone.

Additionally, be aware of power outages that can be caused by heavy, wet snow and strong winds. Report any power outages to Dominion power by calling 1-866-366-4357 and follow restoration efforts at www.dom.com. Remember, make alternative plans if you or a family member need power for medical purposes.

The following phone numbers are important to have on hand during a storm

Emergency

  • Emergency: If you are having an emergency, please call 911
  • Non-Emergency Information: The Fairfax County Non-Emergency number 703-691-2131; VA TTY NUMBER IS 711
  • Shelter Locations: Call 2-1-1 for Shelter Location www.211virginia.gov
  • Road Conditions: Call 5-1-1 for road conditions or www.511virginia.gov

Power Outages

  • Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)

Downed Trees

  • Public roads: Virginia Department of Transportation: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)
  • Parks: Fairfax County Park Authority: 703-324-8594
  • Public Areas: Fairfax County Urban Forestry: 703-324-1770
  • Private property: Removal is the property owner’s responsibility. Be aware of the risk of chain saw injury during tree removal. Use a chain saw safely to clear debris. If a tree has hit your home, call your property insurance company before starting the removal process.

Water

Flooding

  • Rising water that threatens your safety, call 9-1-1
  • Storm flooding during regular business hours (MondayFriday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) – after-hours storm flooding emergencies that are not life threatening – 703-323-1211 and state that you are reporting a storm sewer emergency

Sewer

Septic System

Insurance

  • The Virginia state Bureau of Insurance offers free consumer guides entitled, “What to Do After an Insured Commercial Property Loss”‘, and “What to Do After an Insured Homeowners Loss”. These guides are available at www.scc.virginia.gov/boi. The Bureau of Insurance has staff specifically trained to handle disaster insurance questions and problems. Phone: 804 371 9185 or 804 371 9185 or 9691. The toll-free number is 1-877-310-6560.

Please be careful and stay safe. In addition, don’t forget to check on friends and neighbors, especially those who live alone or are elderly.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my district office phone number (571) 249-3453 or my Richmond office phone number (804) 698-1041, as well as by email at Eileen@EileenFillerCorn.com for any assistance.

Sincerely yours,