National Preparedness Month: Floods

National Preparedness Month

Floods are the most frequent and costly natural disasters in the United States.
Are you prepared?


Here’s your daily tip for National Preparedness Month:

Flooding can happen in many areas of Fairfax County. By following a few safety tips, you can be prepared year round. Always be aware that flash flooding can occur. Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons and other areas that are known to flood suddenly and with little or no warning.

Do not walk through moving water or drive into flooded areas. Six inches of moving water can make you fall and will also reach the bottom of most passenger cars, which may cause loss of control and possible stalling. 

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HelpFor questions and information, contact the Office of Emergency Management:

National Preparedness Month 2011

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign. NPM is held each September and its goal is to:

  • Increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies
  • Encourage individuals to take action

September 2011 is the eighth annual NPM. The month will focus on important preparedness steps:

The Campaign’s Web sites ( and and toll-free numbers (1-800-BE-READY and 1-888-SE-LISTO) provide Americans with free emergency preparedness information

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