Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Aug. 24, 2011
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for
August 24, 2011. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information
officer. Coming up, learn about the recent earthquake and how you can
prepare, Fairfax County’s 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony,
“OEM Live,” a Channel 16 television program in September – National
Preparedness Month – and an upcoming Get Ready Fairfax! Fair. Also learn
how you can honor the remembrance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11
terrorist attacks by recognizing preparedness month in September. Links
to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The 5.8 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, Aug. 23, near Mineral, Va. –
just over 80 miles from Washington, D.C. – shook homes and businesses
across large portions of the East Coast. The earthquake is a good
reminder to have an emergency supply kit ready in your home, office and
car; and to make a communications plan so you and your loved ones will
know how to get in touch with each other following a disaster or
emergency. As with many such large-scale events, communication networks
are often overwhelmed, leading to difficulty making and receiving
telephone calls. Texting is a good alternative, and the use of social
media such as Twitter and Facebook are also good options for residents to
consider for notifying family and friends. Fairfax County also uses such
tools. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/fairfaxcounty
and Facebook at www.facebook.com/fairfaxcounty.
Fairfax County will host a 9/11 Tenth
Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 to 3 p.m. at
the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax. Fairfax
County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, Fire Chief Ronald L.
Mastin and Police Chief Col. David M. Rohrer are scheduled to deliver
remarks reflecting upon the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The Public Safety
Honor Guard and Fairfax County Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts also will be
participating in the ceremony. The public is invited to attend and asked
to arrive by 1:45 p.m. The ceremony will take place in the Government
Center Forum, followed by a procession outside to the 9/11 Memorial
The Office of Emergency Management will host a live, call-in program,
“OEM Live,” on Fairfax County Government Channel 16 on Tuesday, Sept. 6,
at 7 p.m. “OEM Live” is your opportunity to learn about National
Preparedness Month and what you should do to prepare for emergencies.
Find out about the county’s emergency plans, what to do in inclement
weather and how to put together an emergency supply kit for your car,
home or office. Submit questions you have about emergency preparedness in
advance to email@example.com.
County residents also can call in to 703-818-1445 or email questions that
night. You may tune into Channel 16, or watch the program live on 16’s streaming video on the
county website, www.fairfaxcounty.gov; click on
the Channel 16 logo in the left side navigation box.
Want to learn about emergency preparedness initiatives in Fairfax
County? Visit the Get Ready Fairfax! Fair hosted by the Fairfax County
Citizen Corps Council. It will be held at Tysons Corner Center, 1961
Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. Representatives from local agencies and organizations, including the
county’s Office of Emergency Management, will be there
to answer your questions and to provide useful emergency preparedness
information. For more details, call the emergency management office at
That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia government. Thanks for listening. Additional information about health and safety topics and emergency preparedness may be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov. And remember, if you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131.