Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: June 26, 2013



Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for June 26, 2013. Coming up, learn about preparing for the next weather event, making a family emergency plan, driving safely in flood waters and the “Emergency Preparedness” newsletter. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

If you’re a property owner, business owner or a renter, what should you do now that hurricane season is underway? Here are a couple of preparedness tips:

  • Consider getting flood insurance.  Most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. Inland flooding is often a problem so a direct hit from a hurricane isn’t necessary for there to be extensive damage. Get free info at www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531. That’s www.floodsmart.gov or 1-888-379-9531. You’ll also want to talk to your insurance agent now. Coverage usually takes 30 days before it goes into effect.

  • Get a portable battery-powered or hand crank radio with the NOAA weather band so you can hear information even when the power is out, and be sure to have plenty of batteries on hand.

  • Store drinking water. You’ll want to have at least a three-day supply – one gallon per person per day.

Get more tips at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency.

 

Do you know how to respond if disaster strikes where you live or where you work? If you haven’t thought about the answer, take action now by making an emergency plan. ReadyNova.org can assist residents and business owners in the Northern Virginia metropolitan area to develop a Family Emergency Plan or a Business Emergency Plan following basic and accepted emergency management practices. Both the Family Emergency Planner and the Business Emergency Planner are easy-to-use tools for your emergency plan. Android and iOS Apps also are available so you can access your emergency plans at all times. Get started today at www.ReadyNova.org.

 

Remember this phrase: “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” If you are caught in a storm, stay away from floodwaters. Driving through a flooded area can be extremely hazardous and almost half of all flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. When in your car, look out for flooding in low-lying areas, at bridges and at highway dips. As little as 6 inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Remember – turn around, don’t drown.

 

Be sure to check out the recent issue of the “Emergency Preparedness” newsletter. Each month the Office of Emergency Management features the latest news and information to help you get better prepared for emergency and severe weather events. Get the latest on emergency preparedness each and every month. Read the current issue and subscribe at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/outreach/newsletter.htm. That’s www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/outreach/newsletter.htm.

 

Finally, the Fairfax County NewsWire is your comprehensive county news source, offering the news that's important to you and your community. NewsWire is available in multiple formats, such as Twitter, email and RSS, for your convenience. Learn more and subscribe at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/subscribe. And be sure to subscribe to the emergency information blog at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog.

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 www.fairfaxcounty.gov. 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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