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Upcoming Discussions

Ask Fairfax - Pledge to Prepare for National Preparedness Month   Pledge to Prepare for National Preparedness Month   Submit a Question
Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to Noon
Fairfax County has experienced a variety of unexpected emergencies in the past few years – an earthquake, hurricane, tropical storm, tornado and a derecho storm all affected the area. September is National Preparedness month, which is the perfect time to prepare yourself, your family and your workplace. Bruce McFarlane and Whitney Kazragis from the Office of Emergency Management will be available to answer questions about recent emergencies and to share best practices for emergency preparedness on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m.

On the horizon: Future Bus Service. If you have a suggestion for an online chat, email us!

Recent Discussions

Ask Fairfax: Election 2014 Election 2014: Learn about New Voting Machines and Photo ID Requirements   Read Transcript
Fairfax County General Registrar Cameron Quinn will take questions on the county’s new voting machines, which will be used in the upcoming November election, and the state’s new photo ID requirements, as well as any more general election questions voters may have.


It's Time to Immunize - What You Need to Know Before School Starts                             It’s Time to Immunize! What You Need to Know Before School Starts   Read Transcript
August is Immunization Awareness Month in Fairfax County. Vaccines provide a power shield of protection for children and adults are they are best way to prevent many serious diseases. Join the Health Department’s Assistant Director of Patient Care Services Joanna Hemmat, who oversees the School Health Services Program, and Immunization Compliance Nurse Dorothy Randazzo on Tuesday, Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to noon. These experts will answer your questions about immunizations, when and where to get immunized, and what parents need to know before school starts. Learn more about the importance of protecting yourself, your family and your community by keeping up-to-date on vaccinations.


Silver Line Bus Service Chat Part Two New Silver Line Bus Service   Read Transcript
Our first chat was so successful that we were unable to answer all of your questions, so we're setting a second date! Join Nick Perfili, Fairfax Connector operations and planning manager, Friday, July 25 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. to discuss Fairfax Connector's upcoming Silver Line service. Ask questions about bus route and schedule changes; park and ride options; and other topics related to the Silver Line.


Suicide Prevention Ask Fairfax Chat Suicide Prevention - You Can Help!   Read Transcript
Chat with Laura Yager, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board's director of partnership and resource development, and Amy Parmentier, coordinator of social work for Fairfax County Public Schools, on Wednesday, July 23 at 11 a.m. about how to talk to someone who is experiencing depression or thoughts of suicide and what you can do to get them the help they need. Learn about a new, free, interactive online suicide prevention training course, a new crisis/suicide prevention text line and other community resources for mental health.


New Silver Line Bus Service   Read Transcript
Join Nick Perfili, Fairfax Connector operations and planning manager, and Martha Coello, Dulles Rail project planner, on Wednesday, July 9 at 12:30 p.m. for a discussion on Fairfax Connector's upcoming Silver Line service. Ask questions about bus route and schedule changes; park and ride options; and other topics related to the Silver Line.


Fight the Bite: Guarding Against Mosquito and Tick Bites - Ask Fairfax! Chat Fight the Bite: Guard Against Mosquito and Tick Bites This Summer   Read Transcript
Join the Health Department’s Disease Carrying Insects Program Environmental Health Supervisor Josh Smith and Environmental Health Specialist Andrew Lima for an online discussion about how to protect yourself and your family from West Nile virus and Lyme disease. Preventing bites from these insects is an important step. Learn how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around your home, what to do if you find a tick on your body and how to spot the signs and symptoms of West Nile virus and Lyme disease. Join the conversation, get your questions answered and learn how to enjoy the outdoors safely this summer.


Ask Fairfax - Building Permits   Building Permits: How To and What's New   Read Transcript
Now is the time when many residents begin work on a variety of home improvement projects like adding a deck, sunroom or swimming pool. Did you know that many home improvements require a building permit? Join Shetal Kapoor and Steve Kendrick with the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services as they answer common questions related to building permits and highlight new tools for applying for permits, scheduling inspections and tracking the progress of your project.


Pet Preparedness   Pet Preparedness: Plan for All in an Emergency   Read Transcript

Emergencies come in many forms, and each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. In recognition of National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, staff from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter and the Office of Emergency Management will be available on May 8 at 11 a.m. to answer all of your questions to help you protect your pets when the unexpected happens.


 Fall Cankerworm - image courtesy of E. Bradford Walker, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation Don't Go Buggy: Learn About Fall Cankerworms in Spring   Read Transcript

Contrary to its name, the fall cankerworm can be destructive to local trees and plant life during the early spring when caterpillars are active. In normal years the fall cankerworm causes little to no damage, but Fairfax County is experiencing a dramatic increase in population levels which, if left unchecked, may put hundreds of acres of county trees at risk. On Wednesday, April 9 at 2 p.m., join Joan Allen, urban forester in the Urban Forest Management Division, discussed what fall cankerworms can do to our environment, how Fairfax County is addressing the problem, and what you can do to help.


  Budget Discussion with the County Executive   Read Transcript

The FY 2015 budget was announced at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Ask Fairfax! participants joined County Executive Ed Long as he discussed his proposed budget and the 2014 real estate assessments on Friday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.


 Countywide Dialogue on Transportation   Read Transcript

Fairfax County has identified more than 200 capital and operating projects important for maintaining or improving a safe and efficient transportation network. These unfunded projects provide new capacity and include interchange improvements, roadway extensions, spot improvements, roadway widening projects, transit, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements. Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. for a discussion with Tom Biesiadny, director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, and tell us which projects are the most important to you and your community.

 State of Crime in Fairfax County: Chat with the Chief   Read Transcript

Fairfax County Police recently released crime data shows that we are enjoy one of the lowest crime rates in the nation for jurisdictions of this size. Still, challenges remain. Data indicates that drug offenses and calls for service involving mental health issues are on the rise. Police Chief Colonel Edwin C. Roessler, Jr. will answer your questions about these public safety issues and more at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6. Join us to learn more about how you can make a difference in keeping your community safer.


Ask Fairfax Voting Graphic    Are You Ready for Election Day, Nov. 5?     Read Transcript

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, county residents will go to the polls to elect a new governor and other top Virginia officials, as well as a new sheriff and vote on a school bond referendum. On Wednesday, Oct. 30  at 1 p.m., Fairfax County General Registrar Cameron Quinn will be available to answer your questions about voting, going to the polls and more. Please note that questions for the online chat will not be answered until Oct.30 and any questions regarding voting that need immediate attention should go to or call 703-222-0776 (TTY 711).


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