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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.


Great Southeastern ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on October 16 at 10:16 a.m. 

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:16 a.m. on October 16 during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill! You can join them by registering for the drill at Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from earthquakes--wherever you live, work and travel. >>Learn More

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

West Springfield District: Oct. 7 - 7:30 p.m.
McLean District: Oct. 16 - 7:00 p.m.
Sully District: Nov. 12 - 7:30 p.m.

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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