Hurricane Irene: Be Prepared

August 26, 2011 - Below is the latest information on Hurricane Irene. Please sign up to receive updates over the weekend at the links below. Be safe,

Sharon Bulova
Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors

No significant impact on Fairfax County is expected as of now, but we could experience some severe weather as a result of Hurricane Irene.

The National Weather Service predicts 2-4 inches of rain for Fairfax County. Heavy rain could lead to minor flooding in the area. Be aware of low water crossings and flood prone areas. To find out if you live in a flood-prone area, visit

Wind gusts of up to 30-50 miles per hour are possible. Watch for falling limbs and flying debris.

Power outages could occur as a result of Hurricane Irene. A battery or hand-crank powered flashlight and radio (and batteries) are part of a good emergency preparedness kit.

Although great strides have been made to ensure uninterrupted water service, residents should have bottled water on hand – enough for three days (one gallon per adult, per day).

Save these numbers in your phone

For ALL emergencies please dial 9-1-1

Public Safety Non-Emergency
703-691-2131, TTY 703-204-2264

Fairfax County Emergency Information Line
703-817-7771, TTY 711

Natural Gas
Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520 or 703-750-1400, TTY 711
Columbia Gas: 1-800-544-5606, TTY 1-800-231-3238

Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 711
NOVEC (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative) outages and downed wires: 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 711
Pepco outages: 1-877-737-2662; downed wires: 202-872-343
BGE outages: 877-778-2222; downed wires: 800-685-0123

Fairfax Water at 703-698-5800, TTY 703-698-7025. After hours, call 703-698-5613, TTY 711

Downed Trees (numbers vary based on situation)

VDOT: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623), TTY 711

There was some very helpful discussion during today’s online chat with Emergency Management Coordinator Dave McKernan. Visit this link to read the entire transcript.

As Hurricane Irene approaches, you may feel overwhelmed by information and preparedness tips – from the newspaper, from TV, and from local, state and federal government. Fairfax County is making comprehensive and succinct information available to you in a way that is usable, beneficial and easy to understand.

The latest part of that effort is the Emergency Blog at You can subscribe to that blog to have timely updates and information sent to you by email. This subscription, in conjunction with emergency alerts from CEAN (sign up at, will allow residents to keep up with the latest news and information about Hurricane Irene.

For residents who have not yet prepared, here are four ways to prepare for Irene:
1.) Remove dead limbs on trees that could fall on your property.
2.) Plan to secure all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
3.) Assemble an emergency preparedness kit (with food and supplies!) and make a communications plan. You can use Northern Virginia’s new emergency planner for help:
4.) Pay close attention to weather forecasts for the latest storm track. We will provide guidance as needed.

For more information on hurricane preparedness, visit For comprehensive information on emergency preparedness, response, recovery and information visit


Previous Update:

August 25, 2011 – As you know, Hurricane Irene is currently making its way toward our area. According to the latest projections, Fairfax County could receive heavy rainfall and flooding is possible. County staff members from multiple departments are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to do so through the weekend.

To receive alerts from Fairfax County before, during and after the storm, sign up to receive message from the Community Emergency Alert Network at CEAN delivers alerts as voice message, email or text message.

Remember that preparedness is a shared responsibility. Please take time today and tomorrow to make sure your home and family are prepared. Some helpful tips on hurricane preparedness can be found at For comprehensive information on emergency preparedness, response, recovery and information visit

Tomorrow (Friday) at 10:00am, Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Dave McKernan will participate in a live online chat about Hurricane Irene as well as Tuesday’s earthquake. Visit to submit your questions any time before or during the discussion.

Please be safe, be prepared, and be a good neighbor.


Sharon Bulova

Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors






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