National Preparedness Month: Home Escape Routes

National Preparedness Month

Do you and your family know the best escape routes out of your house during an emergency?


Here’s your daily tip for National Preparedness Month:

When developing your family escape plan, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department recommends that your plan includes working smoke alarms, two exits from each room, an outside meeting place, an emergency number for you local fire department, and alternatives for any family members needing extra assistance. 

Additionally, practice your plan with all members of the household regularly. 

More information: Fire Safety Topics


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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