News to Use Podcast Transcript: Nov. 2, 2011
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for
November 2, 2011.Coming up, learn about a national test of the Emergency
Alert System, preparing for winter weather, a Park Authority t-shirt
contest and Tysons Corner. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can
be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
On Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. (EST), area radio and television stations will participate in the first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, or EAS. At that time, your regularly-scheduled programming will be interrupted with an announcement that a test of the EAS is being conducted. Don’t worry – this will only be a test. The National EAS is a public alert and warning system that enables the President of the United States to address the American public during extreme emergencies. As federal, state and local governments prepare for and test their capabilities, this national event serves as a reminder that everyone should establish an emergency preparedness kit and emergency plan for themselves, their families, communities and businesses. For more information on the test, visit the Federal Communications Commission’s website at www.fcc.gov or the Federal Emergency Management Association at www.fema.gov.
With the first snow of the season already behind us, it’s a good time to remember that we must be prepared for more severe winter weather. To get ready for winter, utilize these resources:
Sign up for text/email alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean/.
View winter weather preparedness tips online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/winter/.
Bookmark the county’s mobile emergency homepage on your phone. That
address is http://m.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/mobile/.
- Write down key phone numbers for utilities and other services before the impact of winter weather.
And remember this key message this winter: get where you need to be before the weather gets bad. Plan ahead and think about winter preparedness now.
The Fairfax County Park Authority is seeking young artists to submit t-shirt designs for the Invasive Management Area program's “Take Back the Forest” initiative, a partnership with REI Inc. to restore native habitat on parkland next spring. Youth ages 12 to 18 may submit designs that illustrate the theme of taking back the forest. A panel of judges will select the winning design from the pool of contest entries. Winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to REI and a t-shirt featuring their winning design. Find more details online from the Fairfax County Park Authority at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks.
In June 2010, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted a new Comprehensive Plan for the Tysons Corner Urban Center. The Plan creates a new vision for the County’s downtown that is designed to take advantage of the four new Metro stations now under construction and expected to become operational in December 2013. It is anticipated that by 2050, Tysons will be transformed into a walkable, vibrant, urban center, with over 100,000 residents and 200,000 jobs. Tysons will become a 24-hour place where people live, work and play. The Plan for Tysons is an essential element in the County’s strategic efforts to effectively and efficiently manage future growth. Read the October report on Tysons Corner to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/tysons/.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.