The Health Department's Office of Emergency Preparedness strives to keep Fairfax County residents up to date about preparedness for possible public health emergencies, including those caused by terrorism, weather disasters, and naturally-occurring diseases such as "bird-flu."
The following links on this page provide regularly updated information that is part of our ongoing effort to promote awareness of these issues among residents:
Cities Readiness Initiative
Training & Exercise Program
The Health Department wishes to thank everyone who participated in the October 27th Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) full-scale exercise at George Mason University. The exercise was a great success and an important component of Fairfax County’s ongoing commitment to emergency preparedness.
Results and feedback from the exercise are being compiled into an After Action Report which will be used to revise the County’s CRI plan. Initial estimates indicate approximately 1100 volunteer residents were processed through the Quick Distribution Center (QDC) with about a 95% accuracy in dispensing proper medication!
If you have questions or to request a participation verification letter, please e-mail the MRC.
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
The MRC is an organization of medical and non-medical volunteers that would assist the county's Health Department in responding to a bio-terrorist event or naturally occurring epidemic.
The Office of Emergency Management in Fairfax County has devised a useful document entitled, "Emergency Planning Guidance for Medical and Patient Care Facilities" (PDF). This document was designed to assist facilities in creating a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan.
Both residents as well as their families should be mindful and inquire about a facility's emergency preparedness plan. Inquiries should be made regarding the following: the actual plan, questions about staffing, supplies, resident information, coordination with other resources, and the role of the family.
For further information on Emergency Preparedness in Fairfax County, please visit the Office of Emergency Management .