News to Use Podcast Transcript: August 8, 2012
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for
August 8, 2012. Coming up, learn about DMV 2 Go, immunization awareness
month, illegal robocalls, this month’s “County Magazine” and staying
connected to news and information from Fairfax County. Links to topics
mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles’ DMV 2 Go customer service van
will be at the Fairfax County Government Center on Friday, Aug. 31, 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. The Government Center is located at 12000 Government
Center Parkway in Fairfax. The DMV 2 Go van will be parked near the front
of the building. This is also a convenient opportunity for residents
to visit the Department of Tax Administration in Suite 223 to take care
of outstanding parking tickets and other transactions. For more
information call 703-222-8234.
August is Immunization Awareness Month. The diseases that vaccines
prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines reduce the risk of
infection by working with the body's natural defenses to help it safely
develop immunity to disease. The Fairfax County Health Department
encourages you to keep your vaccines up-to-date.
Learn more at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/.
If you’re sick of hearing an automated message when you pick up your
phone, you’ll be happy to know the Federal Trade Commission is cracking
down on illegal robocalls. A robocall happens any time you pick up your
phone and hear a recording instead of a live person. Illegal robocalls
have exploded in the last several years because technology has made it
easy for companies to use autodialers to place thousands of calls every
minute. Oftentimes these calls are trying to scam you by offering phony
credit card services, warranty protection plans and more. It is illegal
for a company to deliver an automated message trying to sell you
something, unless the company has written permission from you to do so.
Calls from charities and political groups do not fall under that
classification and are considered legal. According to the FTC, if you get
a robocall you should:
Hang Up. Do not press 1 or any other numbers to get off the list.
Consider blocking the number.
- Report it at www.donotcall.gov.
Get emergency planning tips for your school-aged children. Discover how a multi-faith group of chaplains provides comfort in the event of a large-scale disaster. Learn which vaccines are required before children go back to school. Participate in the Fire Department's Backpack Drive that helps underserved students. Meet the Firefighter of the Year. And take a tour of the new “Human Services Resource Guide,” to find the right county programs and services to meet your needs. Learn more at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/county_mag.htm.
Finally, join Fairfax County on Facebook and follow our updates at facebook.com/fairfaxcounty. You can also follow Fairfax County on Twitter for key updates from across county government at twitter.com/fairfaxcounty or text the words and symbol “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404 – that’s “on @fairfaxcounty” to 40404. And for a comprehensive list of news headlines, photos, videos, social media, email newsletters, events and more, visit the Fairfax County NewsWire at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news.
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.