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Flood Protection Information

The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services has a webpage dedicated to flood protection, and I encourage you to visit it to learn more about how to protect yourself and your belongings.

To determine if a property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), you may do one of the following:


Or call:

  • FEMA at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627), OR
  • Stormwater Planning Division, Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Fairfax County, at 703-324-5500, TTY 711

Fairfax County Police Department Youthful Driver Program

The Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) recognizes the need for advanced driving skills for our youthful driver population. Teenage drivers are at a higher risk than any other age group of being involved in fatal crashes. Inexperience, peer pressure, and the increased risks that our younger drivers take is a recipe for disaster. In an effort to reach out to this very specific population group, (teens aged 16-18) we have undertaken a partnership with the community to address this issue.

The FCPD’s Youthful Driver Program is a one-day, hands-on course developed to provide advanced driver training techniques to these younger drivers. The course is held one Saturday a month.

Subjects covered:

  • Basic Vehicle Dynamics
  • Skid Recovery Techniques
  • Proper Seating Positions (forward & reverse)
  • Crash Avoidance
  • Proper Steering Techniques (forward & reverse)
  • Controlling Weight Transfers
  • Anti-Lock & Threshold Braking Techniques
  • Off Road Recovery Techniques

These are some of the same skills taught to FCPD officers. Fairfax County’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Course and Instructors are ranked among the best in the nation.

Training takes place one Saturday per month, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy’s Emergency Vehicle Operations Center. 

Class requirements:

•        Must be 16 to 19 years old
•        Fairfax County residents (other residents welcome if space permits)
•        Possess a valid drivers or provisional license (NO LEARNER’S PERMIT)
•        Authorize a DMV record check (status only)

Location:  Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy; 3725 Stonecroft Blvd.,Chantilly, Virginia 20151

Cost:        $200.00

To sign up, send an e-mail to or contact MPO Michelle Humphries at

Revised Draft Transportation Program Released For Public Review

NEWS RELEASE -  The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) is adjusting the FY 2015-2020 Six-Year Improvement Program to transition to the new prioritization process, referred to as House Bill 2, which was signed into law by Governor Terry McAuliffe. The CTB will hold meetings around the state this fall to inform the public about the prioritization process and solicit input on transportation needs.

"Prioritization is a significant development in transportation because – for the first time – law requires a consistent and objective analysis to screen and score projects according to critical transportation needs," said Transportation Secretary Aubrey Layne. "This process will serve as a valuable tool for the CTB to select projects and be held accountable for their decisions. Prioritization will also make project selection more transparent because the process will be open to the public. They will know how the projects scored and the decisions behind the CTB's project selections. Key factors behind project scorings include congestion mitigation, economic development, accessibility, safety and environmental quality. Simply put, prioritization is about funding the right projects that generate the greatest benefits for jobs, the economy and ultimately our quality of life."

In preparation for the new process, $416 million has been removed from more than 60 projects in the existing program. These projects will go through the prioritization process because they meet the criteria as described by law under House Bill 2. The projects are not fully funded and had not completed the environmental and study phases through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. Enough funding has been left on these projects to bring them to a logical stopping point. The rest of the allocated funding has been set aside for prioritization. The CTB will select projects for funding once they have been screened and scored through the prioritization process. The projects remain in the six-year program and could be selected for funding once they are scored. 

Projects that are exempt from the prioritization process include pavement and bridge rehabilitation projects, revenue sharing projects, projects funded through the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads regional revenues, certain federal funding categories and improvements funded through secondary and urban formula funds.

Currently the prioritization process and how it will be administered is being developed. The CTB will use the process to select projects beginning July 2016.

The public can learn more about prioritization and provide input on projects to be included in the six-year program through the following ways:

  1. Attend the Northern Virginia District Office public meeting:

Thursday, October 16th
5 p.m. - Local official briefing
5:30 p.m. - Open house displays and general discussion
6:30 p.m. - Moderated public meeting
VDOT Northern Virginia District Office
Potomac Conference Room
4975 Alliance Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

  1. Visit to view the revised program and other meeting information.

  2. Mail comments on rail, public transportation and transportation demand management to Public Information Officer, DRPT, 600 E. Main St., Suite 2102, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or and on highway projects to Program Management Director, VDOT, 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219, or  Comments will be accepted until October 30, 2014.

Once the fall meetings conclude, public input will be taken into consideration and the final revised six-year program will go to the CTB for their formal approval in November.

About the Six-Year Improvement Program:  The program allocates funding to a wide range of projects, including road, bridges, sidewalks, bike paths, rail and transit improvements across the state over a period of six years. The program is updated every year and approved by the CTB to reflect the latest priorities and revenue forecast.

About the Commonwealth Transportation Board:  Appointed by the governor, the 18-member CTB establishes the administrative policies for Virginia's transportation system. The CTB allocates highway funding to specific projects, locates routes and provides funding for airports, seaports and public transportation. For specific meeting, times and locations, consult the meeting schedule.

Help Shape Fairfax County's Future Bus Network!

We at the Fairfax Connector are working to improve bus service in Fairfax County with better connections and better service. A lot of exciting changes have happened recently with the opening of Metro's Silver Line, but we can do even more to improve service with your input.

There are several ways to get involved:

  1. Go Online to  Find out more about the existing and future bus system, take a short survey to tell us your transit preferences, and get information about all the events were having! Also, don't forget that you can tweet us at @ffxconnector or visit our Fairfax Connector Facebook page (

  2. Attend a Workshop:  Stop by one of the six workshops in September and October to learn more about the County's existing transit network and help us plan for the future of Fairfax County's transit system. Participate in a variety of engaging activities and share your ideas!

Tuesday, October 14th
Mount Eagle Elementary School
616 N. Kings Highway Alexandria, VA 22303
Bus Service: 151, 152, 161, 162

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program offered by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board Wellness and Health Promotion staff that can help communities understand mental illnesses, seek timely intervention, and save lives.

One in five Americans has a mental illness and many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. The symptoms of mental illness can be difficult to detect — even when friends and family of someone who appears to be developing a mental illness can tell that something is amiss, they may not know how to intervene or direct the person to proper treatment. Far too many (up to two-thirds) go without treatment or significantly delay seeking services.

Yet, just as CPR training helps a layperson without medical training assist an individual following a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid training helps a layperson assist someone developing or experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.

Mental Health First Aid:

  • Introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems,
  • Builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and
  • Most importantly, teaches individuals how to help someone in crisis or experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge.

Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.Participants do not learn to diagnose, nor how to provide any therapy or counseling – rather, participants gain concrete tools and answers to key questions like “What can I do?” and “Where can someone find help?” and a core five-step action plan to support someone developing signs and symptoms of mental illness or in an emotional crisis.

Our certified instructors teach the program throughout Fairfax County and cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.

In addition to courses that are available for individual enrollment, you can also request a customized group Mental Health First Aid course.

Mental Health First Aid training for adults is available in both English and Spanish, and the youth training is available in English.

For more information, visit the website:

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Offered

Fairfax County will offer Community Response Team (CERT) training to residents over a two month period, during September and October 2014, at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, 4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax, VA. Residents may choose from one of two sessions, either September 8, 15, 22, 29, and October 6, 20, and 27, or September 10, 17, 24, and October 1, 8, 22, 29, from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

The Community Emergency Response Team training program is designed to prepare residents to help themselves, their families, and neighbors during a disaster in their community. Through the CERT training program, residents learn about disaster preparedness and receive low-impact training in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, minimal search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. The training intends to provide immediate assistance and critical support before first responders arrive on scene.

The classroom instruction incorporates some hands-on skill development and experience in conducting a search and victim assessment. There is no cost for the program.

To sign up, go to the Fairfax County volunteer portal at and search for CERT. For more information, call Jeff Katz, at 703-246-3926.

Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Area

In the final step required to transform the former Lorton Prison into a mixed-use community, Fairfax County approved a master development agreement today.

This action means that the project may move forward toward construction. The Board of Supervisors signed off on the agreement at their  July 29, 2014, meeting.

Under this legal and financial agreement with the county, The Alexander Company and Elm Street will redevelop the site 80-acre Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Area.

The plan calls for preserving and reusing former prison buildings while providing up to:

  • 412 market-rate residential units, including up to 225 apartments in former prison dorms and workshops, 157 new townhomes, six condos and 24 new single-family homes
  • 110,000 square feet of retail and office space
  • 20,000 square feet in civic or community space

The development is divided into two phases.

The first phase, expected to break ground this fall, calls for 165 apartments by fall 2016 and 107 new homes by 2020.

The project’s second phase is expected to begin in late 2016. It includes 60,000 square feet in new commercial and retail space, 50,000 square feet in adaptive reuse commercial space, 74 townhomes and six condos.

Per the agreement, the county will only pick up a projected $12.7 million of the estimated $188 million project cost. Fairfax’s contribution goes toward new infrastructure needed to adaptively reuse the site. The county will split these infrastructure costs equally with the developers — but the deal caps the county’s contribution to a maximum, fixed amount.

Fairfax County acquired the former prison property for $4.2 million in July 2002. While the entire property encompasses about 2,323 acres, a portion, including the Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Area, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Laurel Hill Adaptive Reuse Area Master Plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2010, after a two-year master planning effort.

Board of Supervisors Votes Against Approving Extension of Lorton Landfill Operations

7/29/14 - The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted today against approving two zoning applications from Furnace Associates Inc. to extend its landfill operations in Lorton until Dec. 31, 2025. The construction debris landfill is currently scheduled to close by Jan. 1, 2019.  The board was poised to vote on the landfill’s zoning proposal on June 17, but it deferred a decision until today. The landfill is located along the west side of I-95 and north of Furnace Road in Lorton.
Furnace Associates, Inc. 

Supervisor Hyland's Final Statement and Motion regarding SEA 80-L/V-061-02 can be read here.

The Board of Supervisors Summary can be read here.

Emergency and Information Phone Numbers:

Non-emergency public safety - 703-691-2131

Fairfax County Government - 703-817-7771

Fairfax County Public Schools - 1-800-839- 3277

Fairfax Water - 703-698-5613

Storm Flooding - 703-323-1211

Wastewater Collection Division - 703-323-1211

Washington Gas - 703-750-1400

Columbia Gas - 1-800-544-5606

Dominion Virginia Power - 1-888-667-3000

NOVEC - 1-888-335-0500

Verizon - 703-954-6222

Cox Communications - 703-378-8422

Comcast of Virginia - 703-670-3500

American Red Cross - 703-805-2057

Are You and Your Family Prepared for a Disaster?

 Do you have a family plan?  Do you have emergency supplies for your family and pets if the power is out and the roads are closed for a few days or longer?  What if you have to evacuate?  What if someone gets hurt and rescue crews cannot get to you right away?  These are all important questions and there are good answers.  

Fairfax County participates in a National Program that trains and prepares citizens for all kinds of disasters; THE TRAINING IS FREE!   Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is presented by certified instructors in 3 hour sessions, one evening a week for 8 weeks.  Training is informative; practical; hands on; challenging; and FREE!  Participants must be at least 16 years old.

Training includes:

  • Things you can do to prevent emergencies in your home and office; safety practices
  • Things you can do now to prepare for a disaster and reduce the impact when it happens
  • Things you can do during a disaster to protect yourself and your family
  • Things you can do after a disaster to help your family and your neighborhood recover if the professional responders are delayed or cannot get to you right away

Specific Classes include:

  • Personal and Family Preparedness
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Basic Fire Suppression
  • Medical Aid and Operations
  • CERT Team Operations
  • Light Search and Rescue
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism
  • Hazardous Materials

Classes are regularly scheduled at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy and, if there is sufficient interest, classes can be conducted at local venues (fire stations; community centers).

For more information, please check out: 

Fairfax County:    


Make an Impact Close to Home

RSVP is America's largest volunteer network for people age 55 and older. In Northern Virginia, RSVP volunteers are responding to community needs in and around Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria. Individuals choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week. 

Lead with a Lifetime of Experience:  RSVP volunteers bring 55+ years of skills and experience, and many of them want to explore new talents! RSVP offers a wide range of opportunities, including:

  • Mentoring children in classrooms 
  • Supporting veterans and military families 
  • Tax counseling for low-income families 
  • Working in local and national parks 
  • Enrich Your Life and the Lives of Others

Studies show that volunteering helps us to live longer, more meaningful lives. In addition to meeting friends who share the same passion for service, benefits to RSVP members include:

  • Free accident and liability insurance while serving 
  • Optional transportation reimbursement 
  • Social and recognition events 
  • Ongoing educational opportunities 

Complete information can be found here:

Boards, Authorities and Commissions

Supervisor Hyland needs dedicated community leaders to serve on important Boards, Authorities and Commissions for Fairfax County.  Click here to learn about vacancies and how to apply.


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