Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: August 21, 2013

Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for August 21, 2013. Coming up, learn about being prepared for emergencies and National Preparedness Month. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

It’s no secret that disasters, both natural and man-made, seem to occur frequently in the U.S. September is National Preparedness Month and the perfect time to get ready for whatever may come, including tropical storms. Being prepared for emergencies doesn’t have to cost a lot. 

  • First, make a plan. This may be the single most important thing you can do, and it’s free. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Update your contact information and post it in visible places in your home and workplace. For help, use the free emergency plan worksheet at or the family and business preparedness planners at You can also get the Ready Virginia app from the App Store and Google Play.

  • Set aside emergency supplies. Don’t wait for a storm. Buy preparedness items throughout the year instead of all at once. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. If you don’t have emergency supplies, September is a good time to get started.

  • Request a gift. We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from friends and family.

  • Store water. You don’t have to buy expensive bottled water. Just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight. Have at least a three-day supply of water on hand – that’s one gallon per person per day. 

  • Check your policies. Take a few minutes to review your insurance policy during National Preparedness Month. Get with your agent to make any necessary changes. Consider adding flood insurance because most policies don’t include it. Renters, you can get flood insurance, too. When a disaster strikes, you want to be sure that your coverage will get you back on your feet.

  • Finally, encourage your loved ones to get ready for emergencies during National Preparedness Month. 

If you would like to join a national community of families and organizations that are preparing for emergencies, visit and click on the “Pledge to Prepare” banner. For more on emergency preparedness and being prepared, you can also visit the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management online at or; or call 571-350-1000, TTY 711.


Be sure to bookmark and subscribe to the Fairfax County emergency information blog at You can subscribe by RSS or email to ensure that you receive preparedness information as well as up-to-date emergency news during times of crisis. Make sure that you and your family and friends are registered for free emergency alerts from our emergency management office. You can get these alerts by email or text message on your phone. Learn more and subscribe at That’s


Finally, Fairfax County’s NewsWire keeps you up-to-date on news that affects you, your family and your community. Subscribe today at And be sure to subscribe by RSS or email to the emergency information blog at

That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Va., 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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