Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director of Public Affairs
703-324-3187, TTY 711, Fax 703-324-2010
Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)

Nov. 2, 2007

Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

Remember to Check Your Emergency Supply Kit

Daylight Saving Time – it affects us and our clocks every spring and fall. “Spring forward, fall back” is the saying we learned as children, a simple way to remember to move our clocks ahead one hour each spring and to turn them back one hour in the fall.

Thanks to public education by fire and rescue officials, we also know that we should change the batteries in our smoke detectors every six months, and a good way to remember to do that is to coincide with the end of Daylight Saving Time, which occurs this weekend.

To continue the theme of personal preparedness, the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to check their emergency supply kits in their homes, office and cars this weekend, and to replenish them as necessary.

“While we’re in the mode of thinking preparedness by changing our smoke detector batteries, let’s also check our emergency supply kits,” said Roy Shrout, acting coordinator of emergency management for Fairfax County. “Perhaps we’ve used all the water from our home kit, or we gave the kids the granola bars out of our car kit during our last vacation. Whatever the reason, residents need to keep their emergency supply kits current and fully stocked to be ready to be self-sufficient for a minimum of three days.”

For more information about emergency supply kits, contact the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 703-324-2362, TTY 711, or visit the Fairfax County Government emergency information Web page at or the Ready America Web page at

Recommended Items to Include in a Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for both drinking and sanitation.
  • Food – at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food, such as ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables; protein or fruit bars; dry cereal; peanut butter; nuts; crackers; and canned juices.
  • Flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both.
  • First-aid kit.
  • Whistle to signal for help.
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place.
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation.
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
  • Local maps.

Additional Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lenses and supplies and denture needs.
  • Infant formula, powdered milk, bottles, diapers, diaper rash ointment, medications and moist towelettes.
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet.
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification, bank account records and Medicare cards in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change.
  • Emergency reference material such as a first-aid book.
  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
  • Complete change of clothing including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.
  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.
  • Fire extinguisher.
  • Matches in a waterproof container.
  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items.
  • Mess kits, paper towels, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils.
  • Paper, pens and/or pencils.
  • Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.

Additional Supplies for People With Disabilities:

  • Prescription medicines, list of medications including dosage and list of any allergies.
  • Extra eyeglasses and hearing-aid batteries.
  • Extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen.
  • Keep a list of the style and serial number of medical devices.
  • Medical insurance and Medicare cards.
  • List of doctors, relatives or friends who should be notified if you are hurt.


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