“Fairfax Prepares” to Air on Channel 16 During September

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010

Aug. 31, 2005


“Fairfax Prepares” to Air on Channel 16 During September

Fairfax County Government Channel 16 will broadcast a special one-hour program during September, which is National Preparedness Month, called “Fairfax Prepares.” The program will feature staff from many county agencies discussing the four phases of emergency management – mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each September to encourage the public to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. It is co-sponsored this year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross. At its Sept. 12 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors also will proclaim September as “Fairfax Prepares Month” in Fairfax County.

The program will air on Channel 16 on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m., Thursdays at 3 p.m. and Fridays at 10 p.m. Channel 16 is available in Fairfax County on the Cox Communications cable system and in Reston on the Comcast cable system. “Fairfax Prepares” also is available on Channel 16’s video-on-demand service at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/vod.htm.

Guests on the show include Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly; Deputy County Executive Rob Stalzer; Bill MacKay, deputy coordinator, Office of Emergency Management; Ray Pylant, Fairfax County building official; Carl Bouchard, director of Stormwater Planning; Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Garrett Dyer; Doug Bass, director, Office of Emergency Management; Steve Church, Health Department emergency planner; Sandy Chisholm, community interfaith liaison; Jeanne Sanders, executive director, Volunteer Fairfax; Police Chief Dave Rohrer; Fire & Rescue Deputy Chief Mark Wheatley; Catherine Riley-Hall, Office of Emergency Management; Joyce Doughty, director, Solid Waste Disposal and Resource Recovery; and Mary Kudless, deputy director, Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

Channel 16 was recently named the best government access cable television station in the country by the Alliance for Community Media’s Hometown Video Festival, receiving the Overall Excellence in Government Access Award for the wide scope of quality programming provided by Channel 16, including coverage of government meetings, public affairs programming, public service announcements and government services. Channel 16 also won the award in 1996 and 1999.


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