Two Emergency Warming Center/Shelters to Open at Noon on Feb. 7

Feb. 7, 2010
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News Highlights  

  • The shelters are located near areas experiencing the most power outages – Herndon and Springfield.
  • Residents can drive to shelters, but use caution as roads are still being cleared; county also will provide transportation from Government Center and South County Center.
  • Pets will be accepted.

More Information 

Fairfax County will open two emergency warming centers/shelters today, Sunday, Feb. 7, at 12 p.m. (noon) to assist county residents who are without power as a result of the winter storm. The shelters are located at:

  • Robert E. Lee Recreation Center
    6601 N. Telegraph Road
    Alexandria, VA 22310

  • Oak Marr Recreation Center
    3200 Jermantown Road
    Oakton, VA 22124

The shelters are located near areas experiencing the most power outages – Herndon and Springfield. Residents may drive to the locations and parking will be available, but caution is required as roads are still being cleared. The Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, and the South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, also are serving as collector points and the county will provide transportation from each Government Center to the nearest warming center/shelter. Fairfax Connector bus service is not operating today.

Pets will be accepted at the warming centers/shelters. Animal control officers will provide transportation for pets to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. If you bring your pet, it must be on a leash. If you do not bring your pet to the warming center/shelter, make sure it has sufficient food and water.

Things to bring to the shelter:

  • A three-day supply of special items for any elderly people, disabled people or infant members of your household, including assistive equipment.
  • Special diet food and change of clothing.
  • Pillows, if needed.
  • Blankets and cots will be provided.

View Blizzard 2010 Shelter Locations in a larger map

With many thousands of people living in Fairfax County without power, residents are encouraged to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly people. If a neighbor is without power and you have power service, please help as possible.

Caution should be used with any approved auxiliary heating devices, such as kerosene, propane or natural gas heaters. Keep combustibles away from all portable heating devices and candles, monitor their use and don’t leave them unattended.

Please do not dial 9-1-1 to obtain information on the restoration of power. For power information, call your local provider.

  • Dominion Virginia Power: 1-888-667-3000
  • Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC): 703-335-0500 or toll-free 1-888-335-0500

Emergency information will be available this weekend on:

Additional winter weather preparedness information can be found online. In addition, emergency contact numbers for public utilities is online should residents lose electricity, gas, telephone, cable, Internet or water service.


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