Emergency Management Outreach and Public Education
Chimney Safety and Smoke Alarms
If your chimney was damaged in the August 2011 earthquake, you need to know whether it is safe or not before using your stove or fireplace this fall and winter. Broken or cracked chimneys can let heat, smoke and toxic gasses such as carbon monoxide into your home, and your home could even catch fire. Some damage is obvious, and some is hidden. For more information, visit our webpage on chimney safety and smoke alarms.
Get Emergency Alerts
Receive notifications about weather-related events and notices by email, pager and text. Register for the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN).
Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning
Fairfax County, led by the Office of Emergency Management, has begun development of a Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan. The county hopes that area businesses, nonprofits and faith-based organizations will play a part in this important planning effort. For more information about Fairfax County's Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning process, contact Amanda Phan in the Office of Emergency Management at 571-350-1010, TTY 711.
Health and Safety Podcast
Be sure to listen to the latest "Health and Safety" podcast featuring news and information about emergency preparedness.
Listen to the latest podcast.
Fairfax County has several emergency related videos available on the county's YouTube channel.
Stay up-do-date on the latest weather on our weather page, featuring the latest National Weather Service forecast and any current weather watches, warnings or advisories for Fairfax County. To hear the current National Weather Service forecast, call 703-652-1210. Get the local weather on your mobile device.
Emergency Preparedness Newsletter
If you would like to subscribe to the Emergency Preparedness newsletter follow the following steps:
- Go to: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/email/lists/.
- To subscribe/start, go to the "Emergency Management" section, then select the circle next to "Emergency Preparedness news and resources" under the "Start" column. (To unsubscribe/discontinue, select the circle next to the information you want to unsubscribe under the "Stop" column.)
- Once you have completed your selection, scroll to the bottom of the list and click "Continue."
The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management works with residents, homeowners associations, civic groups, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and houses of worship, and businesses throughout Fairfax County to strengthen the level of emergency preparedness. Staff from the Office of Emergency Management is available to deliver emergency preparedness presentations to community organizations and homeowners associations, work with businesses/nonprofits and staff emergency preparedness exhibits at local festivals and fairs.
Presentation topics include:
- Emergency Management and Community Preparedness.
- Personal and Family Preparedness.
- Severe Weather Awareness.
- Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP).
- Business Continuity Planning (BCP) for Small Businesses.
- Special Needs Planning and the Special Needs Registry.
- Manmade and Natural Disasters.
- Critical Infrastructure Protection.
- Emergency Preparedness for Faith-Based Organizations.
- Emergency Preparedness for Special Needs Organizations.
Are You Prepared?
Disasters and emergencies can affect anyone at any time. Do you have the plans and supplies in place to help withstand the first three to five days after a disaster? The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management suggests three steps that each individual and family should take to prepare for an emergency.
- Make a Plan – Determine how you will contact your family, and get back together, if you are separated during an emergency. Be sure to identify what you will do in various situations. More information is available at www.ReadyVirginia.gov and www.MakeaPlan.org.
- Assemble a Kit – An emergency kit should contain basic supplies to help you withstand a disaster. It’s best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.
- Stay Informed – The most convenient way to stay up-to-date about local emergencies is to register for the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN), which delivers important emergency alerts, notifications and updates during a major emergency, and weather and traffic alerts. Register for CEAN alerts. Watch a video to learn how to sign up for emergency alerts from Fairfax County.
In addition, learn more about how you can get involved in your community to better prepare for emergencies.