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October 2015

STEP 10: Stay Safe and Alert

Set yourself up for survival! Get connected with your local government for updated information about weather and other emergencies in your area.

Making Healthy Strides

  • Give Back: Become certified in CPR/AED and First Aid to ensure you are properly trained for life-threatening events.
  • Go Green: Forget paper or your cell phone – commit a few important numbers to your memory. Rehearse them regularly in stressful situations, so that if you are ever without your phone, you know how to get in touch with loved ones and assistance.
  • Get Active: Join the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). You will get training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire suppression and search and rescue, and have a more active role in emergency preparedness.

Sources: Fairfax County Emergency Information

Next Generation 9-1-1

Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) is updating and improving the 9-1-1 service infrastructure in the United States and Canada for a wireless mobile society-enabling the public to transmit text, images, video and data to the 9-1-1 center. NG9-1-1 also envisions additional types of emergency communications and data transfer.

Today's 9-1-1

Future 9-1-1

Primarily voice calls via wireline and wireless telephones. Teletype "calls," mostly by hearing-impaired citizens. Increasing number of voice calls using Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

Voice, text, or video emergency calling from any communications device via Internet-like networks.

Minimal data with call; at best, caller ID and location.

Advanced data from personal safety devices such as ACN or medical alert systems.

No "long distance" 9-1-1 access.

"Long distance" access and transfer and improved interoperability.

Outbound Emergency Notification practical only for residential landline phones.

Location-specific emergency alerts possible for any communications device.

Top 10 Digital Preparedness Tips

  1. Tell your friends & family you are OK via text, email, Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
  2. Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available. Avoid calling by phone.
  3. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1. Remember that you cannot currently text 9-1-1. If you are not experiencing an emergency, do not call 9-1-1.
  4. Save important phone numbers to your phone.
  5. Keep charged batteries and car-phone chargers available as back-up power for your cell phone.
  6. Conserve your cell phone battery by reducing the brightness of your screen, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using that draw power.
  7. Immediately following a disaster, resist using your mobile device to watch streaming videos, download music or videos, or play video games, all of which can add to network congestion. Limiting use of these services can help potentially life-saving emergency calls get through to 9-1-1.
  8. If you do not have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card to use if needed during or after a disaster.
  9. Charge your digital camera or buy batteries for your film camera if you need to document storm damage afterwards.
  10. Get connected with your local authorities through texts and social media.

Sources: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/digital-preparedness-kit.htm

Stay Informed!

Stay informed during emergencies in Fairfax County and the Metropolitan DC area.

  • Fairfax County's Emergency Blog: Information and operating status updates and main communication platform before, during and after an emergency. The blog informs you what to do.
  • Fairfax County issues major weather and traffic incident announcements on Fairfax Alerts
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts are automatic emergency messages sent through wireless carrier networks.
  • Fairfax County's main Facebook and Twitter accounts are staffed during emergencies, providing a way for the public to interact and provide community support. Use hashtag #ffxstorm for local information.


For links to these and many more resources, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/stay-informed.htm

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Healthy Strides Race, Expo Presented NACo Award

Achievement Award Winner

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s Healthy Strides Community 5k/10k Race and Healthy Strides Expo will receive a 2015 Achievement Award next month at the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2015 Annual Conference and Exposition. NACo’s annual awards program is designed to recognize innovative county government programs, and the Healthy Strides event is being honored in the Parks and Recreation category.

Take 12 Steps for Community Health

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Take 12 Steps for Community Health in 2015 Calendar

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12 Months, 12 healthy goals. Don't miss out on this year's great community wellness opportunities in the Fairfax County community! The calendar contains fitness and wellness tips, ways to improve your nutritional habits, and better health ideas for kids, teens and adults. Also, the calendar contains coupons to use throughout the year. STEP UP to better health!

The Take 12 program is free and anyone can participate at any time. This program is designed to:

  • Help you accomplish healthy goals each month, with tips to keep you going for the duration.
  • Give you access to information - free workshops are available each month on different healthy topics and bulletin boards loaded with information are posted at all the RECenters.
  • Provide an opportunity for you to experience fitness and wellness programs offered across Fairfax County.
  • Empower you to make important lifestyle changes... you can do it!
  • Plus, sign-up to receive the monthly e-newsletter, packed with recipes and healthy tips, upcoming events, and opportunities to achieve your Take 12 goals!
2015 Healthy Strides Community 5k/10K, Burke Lake Park, April 25, 2015
2015 Healthy Strides Community Expo, Burke Lake Park, April 25, 2015
Healthy Strides Save the Date 2016 - Community 5K/10K April 23; Expo April 22

We are seeking support from local businesses and organizations for Take 12! Steps for Community Health in 2015. Our participants are the same people your business is looking to attract. Take advantage of this opportunity.



Healthy Workshops and Events are always being added!
Check our events calendar often for great opportunities in the community.

All events are free (unless indicated with a "$") and require advanced registration.
To register, please email Take12@fairfaxcounty.gov.


We are looking for people who have used the Take 12 program and found better health as a result of their participation. We are also looking for any kind of feedback about the program - the calendar, events, workshops, tips, articles - anything that you want to tell us, we're listening! Email us at Take12@fairfaxcounty.gov.


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Email: Take12@fairfaxcounty.gov
Phone: 703-324-8423

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Fairfax County Park Authority
Attn: Take 12 Program
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Fairfax, VA 22035-1118

All content within www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/rec/take12/ is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Always consult your doctor if you are concerned about your health. Always consult your physician or health care provider before taking any new medication, beginning any program of exercise, or following any health or wellness advice contained herein.

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