Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: May 16, 2012

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Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for May 16, 2012. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about safe boating, the National Preparedness Report and the Virginia Hurricane Evacuation Guide. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

Sun, water and wind can make for a great day to go cruising in a boat on a river, lake or bay. For many, boating is a favorite summer pastime. It can be safe, as well as fun, if the fundamental rules of boating are understood and observed. The National Safety Council and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department recommend the following tips for recreational boaters:

  • Don't drink and boat. Boating while intoxicated is just as dangerous as drinking and driving. The "designated driver" system doesn't work in boating. Everyone is at risk because the boat's motion, coupled with alcohol, increases the chances of losing balance and falling overboard.

  • Everyone on the boat should wear a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device or life jacket.

  • If the weather conditions look like storms are brewing or the water is very choppy, wait for another day to go boating.

  • Don't exceed the boat's capacity. Keep in mind the size and weight of each person – equal distribution of weight will limit the possibility of capsizing.

  • Have visual distress devices approved by the Coast Guard onboard, in good working order and easily accessible.

  • Use the "one-third rule" in fuel management – one-third of the fuel to go, one-third to get back and keep one-third in reserve.

  • Always tell someone where you will be boating, when you will be back, what your boat looks like and other identifying information.

Recreational boating is second only to highway transportation in the number of fatalities that occur each year. Alcohol is involved in most of these accidents. Remember – boating and booze don't mix! For more information, contact the Fire and Rescue Department’s Public Affairs and Life Safety Education at 703-246-3801.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently released the National Preparedness Report that identifies significant progress the nation has made in prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery. Overall the report found that the nation has increased its collective preparedness, not only from external threats, but also for natural and technological hazards that face its communities. For more information and to download the report, visit or contribute your ideas at


The 2012 edition of the Virginia Hurricane Evacuation Guide, which contains essential hurricane season information, including evacuation routes, traffic reversal plans along Interstate 64 and family preparedness, is now available throughout Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. Produced by the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, the guide is available online at  


Finally, to stay in touch with news and information from across the National Capital Region, bookmark and visit The Capital Region Updates website includes RSS news feeds from the jurisdictions across the National Capital Region, links to preparedness information, weather forecasts and alerts, and easy sign-ups for text alerts from NCR jurisdictions. Visit for more details.

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 And remember, if you have a police, fire or medical emergency, call 9-1-1. For non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131.

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