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The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery services to the residents of Fairfax County.

Learn more about OEM, including the county's Emergency Operations Plan.

 National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month! Now is the time to consider how you will engage your family, community or business in emergency preparedness activities. Are you having a preparedness month program? Feel free to contact the Office of Emergency Management for materials or a presentation about Fairfax Alerts, making an emergency kit and having an emergency plan or join us at one of the following events: 

September 2014 Outreach Events
Sept. 3 - Health and Human Services Employee Preparedness Fair
Sept. 4 – Fort Belvoir Defense Logistics Agency Preparedness Fair
Sept. 6-7 – Ready-Set-Know Festival at the Burke Centre Fall Festival
Sept. 8 – Disability Services Board Meeting
Sept. 9 – Board of Supervisors Proclamation
Sept. 10 – State Department Preparedness Fair
Sept. 16 – Department of Interior Preparedness Fair
Sept. 17 – McLean Citizens Association Preparedness Night
Sept. 18 – Pentagon Employee Preparedness Fair
Sept. 18 – Office of Personnel Management Employee Preparedness Fair
Sept. 19 – Senate Employee Preparedness Fair
Sept. 22 – Senior Preparedness Fair – Vienna Community Center
Sept. 23
Shelter-in-Place training at Culmore Apartments
Sept. 24 – Northern Virginia Community College Zombie Day and Student Preparedness Fair
Sept. 25 – Fort Belvoir Defense Logistics Agency Preparedness Presentation
Sept. 25 – Citizen Corps Council Meeting
Sept. 30 – Government Technology & Services Coalition Preparedness Presentation

Members representing various organizations of the Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council have been planning for the Ready – Set – Know Festival which will be held as a part of the Burke Centre Fall Festival on September 6 and 7, 2014. The activities will include games, information tables, Fairfax Alerts sign ups and moulage face painting.


Join the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at the following Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meetings to learn about Fairfax Alerts and emergency preparedness. You'll have a chance to win an emergency car kit from State Farm at each meeting! >>Find your police district station

Mason District: Sept. 2
Mount Vernon District: Sept. 9
Franconia District: Sept. 17
Reston District: Sept. 18
Fair Oaks District: Sept. 30
West Springfield District: Oct. 7
McLean District: Oct. 16
Sully District: Nov. 12

Emergency Preparedness Newsletter

Be sure to read the current issue of the "Emergency Preparedness" newsletter. Stay up-to-date on local, regional, state and national news about being prepared for an emergency or disaster.

Emergency Information Blog

The emergency information blog is your source for the most up-to-date emergency preparedness information as well as life-safety news during times of crisis. Be sure to visit the blog -- and sign up to receive the latest updates via email or RSS.

Presentations on Emergency Preparedness

The Office of Emergency Management would like to give you and your colleagues the tools to prepare for an emergency. If you, your homeowners or civic association, or your business are in need of a presentation about emergency preparedness or other emergency-related topics, contact OEM at 571-350-1000, TTY 711.

Health and Safety Podcast

Listen every two weeks to the latest edition of the Health and Safety podcast, featuring emergency preparedness news and information. Also available is the News to Use podcast, The County Conversation podcast and a podcast featuring highlights of the Board of Supervisors meetings. Listen online, or on iTunes or the Stitcher app.

Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan

Fairfax County, led by the Office of Emergency Management, has developed a Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan (PDRP) supported by a Department of Homeland Security Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant. The county thanks area businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations that played a part in this important planning effort. For questions on the PDRP project, call OEM at 571-350-1000, TTY 711. 

Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF) is a useful tool for all community stakeholders by increasing public awareness about local hazards and risks, while at the same time providing information about options and resources available to reduce those risks. The plan informs residents about potential hazards to enable informed decision making on where to live, purchase property or locate businesses.

Are You Prepared?

The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management suggests a simple four-step process for residents to prepare themselves, their communities and their businesses for naturally occuring or man-made emergencies.

All residents should learn what to do in case of an emergency. This includes how to take the necessary precautions to protect yourself, your family and property. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning, requiring you to evacuate your neighborhood, or, in some cases, confine you to your home. Preparing in advance by learning what hazards may affect your community and learning how to deal with these hazards is an important part of emergency preparedness. Be ready!

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