County Holds Snow Summit


March 17, 2010
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News Highlights

  • Snow Summit focused on record snowfall in December 2009 and February 2010, what worked and areas for improvement.
  • Fairfax County Government and Schools, and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) gave presentations.
  • Virtually all roads in Fairfax County are owned by the commonwealth of Virginia and maintained by VDOT.

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors held a Snow Summit Tuesday, March 16, to assess this winter’s historic snow, what worked well and what needs improvement at the county and state levels.

The summit, which was conducted during the board’s regularly scheduled Transportation Committee meeting, included presentations from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), county government and public schools. Topics included the timely clearing of area roadways and the priority of roads to be plowed; sidewalk shoveling; clearing of school property; communications with residents; and other issues caused by the massive snowfall.

These storms gave us a powerful illustration of government performing its primary function—keeping us safe and able to move around,” noted Lee District Supervisor Jeffrey McKay, chairman of the Transportation Committee. “We saw residents working together in their neighborhoods, looking after their neighbors and lending a hand with a shovel or snow blower. We saw the private sector pitch in and generously offer housing, food and equipment to our public safety and facilities personnel. We also saw some significant areas for improvement.”

The Snow Summit, which was broadcast live by Fairfax County Channel 16, will be rebroadcast in its entirety on Channel 16 at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 19; Monday, March 22, and Sunday, March 28. Each of the four presentations given during the summit is also available and may be viewed online, downloaded, e-mailed or embedded on other Web sites or blogs.

This Snow Summit demonstrated the value in having relationships and partnerships among the county, schools and the state,” said Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. “This was a very constructive opportunity for us to review this winter’s historic snowstorms so that we can better prepare not only for the next snowstorm, but for any emergency.”

Emergency preparedness information is available online from the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (571-350-1000) as well as the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

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