Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Driving

Keep an Emergency Supply Kit in Every Vehicle

The winter storm last Jan. 26, left many residents in the region stuck in traffic and stranded in their vehicles for up to 12 hours. This winter, don’t be caught unprepared!

Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle. FEMA recommends including the following items:
• Shovel.
• Water.
• Flashlight.
• Battery (or hand-crank) radio.
• Snack food.
• Matches.
• Extra clothing.
• First-aid kit.
• Blankets.
• Emergency flares.
• Booster cables.

It’s also important to make sure that your vehicle is ready for winter. The Virginia Department of Transportation recommends that residents check their brakes, tires, battery, ignition system, antifreeze, thermostat, de-icing washer fluid, lights and oil. In addition, keep a lookout for icy areas, especially on bridges and shady areas. For information on road conditions, contact the Virginia Department of Transportation at 5-1-1 or

Visit the Fairfax County emergency preparedness Web page for additional winter road safety tips. If you need additional information, contact the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or email

Get Where You Need to Be Before the Weather Gets Bad

For Additional Information

Visit the OEM preparedness Web page, or

Register for emergency alerts from the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN).

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 Marcelo Ferreira at 571-350-1013, TTY 711.




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