County Government and Community Partners Share Lessons Learned


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
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Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Feb. 17, 2004

 

County Government and Community Partners Share Lessons Learned

In the aftermath of Hurricane Isabel, Fairfax County government has been bringing together county agencies and community partners to review and evaluate the response and recovery actions. While the storm struck and then left the county relatively quickly, the cleanup and recovery efforts have been lengthy and complex. Being able to analyze an emergency event to identify what went well and what can be improved is generally one of the most valuable outcomes from a natural disaster.

Fairfax County has twice brought together representatives from more than 35 organizations to share their lessons learned about their response and recovery actions. Following a public session held on Dec. 1, 2003, the group continued the discussion today. During these meetings representatives from transportation systems, cable companies and water, power and telephone utilities have talked openly and honestly with county staff to outline specific plans for corrective actions and discuss recommendations for future improvements.

Some examples of how this process is working are:

  • Fairfax County and Dominion are discussing a GIS project that will facilitate customer service and information sharing to respond to future events.
  • Fairfax County, the Virginia State Police and VDOT have partnered to design and build a regional complex that will co-locate vital public safety, emergency management, traffic management and communication services on the grounds of the former Camp 30 property in Fairfax.
  • Fairfax County is forming a Critical Infrastructure and Utility Task Force to develop recommendations for deficiencies identified in the Hurricane Isabel after-action report.

These collaborative discussions are providing the framework for a plan to strengthen processes, communication and coordination between and among numerous county agencies and community partners. According to Fairfax County Executive Anthony H. Griffin, “these meetings are building relationships critical to our future success in responding to emergency events.�
A final after-action report on Hurricane Isabel will be available by late March.

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