Residents and businesses are encouraged to prepare to be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days (72 hours) and longer depending on the type of emergency. It may take several days for the government and utilities to return programs and services.
If you have questions about emergency preparedness, contact the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 703-324-2362, TTY 711.
1. Assemble a Kit
Emergency supply kits can be purchased from numerous sources,
including the American Red Cross, or you can put one together from
basic supplies you already own. Just remember the basics for survival
– fresh water, food, clean air and warmth – when putting together
Access to information is critical before, during and after an
emergency. Be prepared by being informed.
2. Make a Plan
Your family may be at different locations when an emergency occurs so you will need to a plan to contact each family member. You'll also need a plan for home, school and the workplace. Use the Make A Plan Web site to help.
4. Get Involved
Help yourself and your community prepare for and respond to emergencies. There are many ways to get involved throughout the year.
- Join the Fairfax County Citizen Corps or other volunteer groups.
- Fairfax County Volunteer Opportunities // Ways to Give
- Search the Human Services Resource Guide for other local service organizations.
- National Donations Network - Virginia
Individual and Family
Preparedness Publications, Links and Resources
(Topics include planning, making a preparedness kit, children, pets, older adults and people with disabilities)
Publications, Links and Resources