Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Apr. 17, 2013

Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for April 17, 2013. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about public health and how you can live better, flooding and flood insurance, cybersecurity and emergency preparedness for seniors. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


The Board of Supervisors is putting the spotlight on public health during April to encourage people to take steps to improve their health, the health of their families and the health of our community. The Health Department reminds everyone that a healthier community begins with you. Things like washing hands frequently and properly throughout the day helps to prevent illness and spreading illness to others. Public health is all around us – in our homes, our schools, workplaces – and while we’re on the move from place to place. Public health is safe food in the fridge; smoke alarms in our homes; staying smoke and tobacco free; keeping your shots up-to-date and so much more. Visit to learn more about the things you can do to contribute to a healthier community.


Did you know standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding? This is why it’s critically important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, snow melt, heavy rains and other conditions that frequently impact the United States. Learn the facts about flood insurance and what you can do to make sure you, your family and home are protected. Basic tips to know include:

  • There is a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance goes into effect, so don’t delay.

  • Flood insurance is available in most communities through insurance agents.

  • Flood insurance is available for buildings in or out of an identified flood-prone area.

For more information on flood insurance, visit To purchase flood insurance or find an agent, call 1-800-427-2419.


Is cybersecurity part of your small business Internet plan? Whether you're thinking of adopting cloud computing or just using email and maintaining a website, cybersecurity is an essential consideration. Check out the Federal Communications Commission website devoted to cybersecurity for small businesses, including the top 10 tips to keep your business safe, at


The likelihood of recovering from an emergency often depends on the planning and preparation done today. Each person’s abilities and needs are different and should be included in disaster plans. The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management encourages all county residents, particularly the elderly who can be especially vulnerable when disasters strike, to review and update disaster plans. Some steps you can take include:

  • Speak with adult living facility administrators about disaster plans.

  • Create a network of neighbors, relatives and friends to aid each other in an emergency.

  • Keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals and any other items you might need.

  • Keep a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require. Be sure to make provisions for medications that require refrigeration.

Visit and for more information and tips.

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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