Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Mar. 20, 2013
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for
March 20, 2013. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information
officer. Coming up, learn about an upcoming Safety Seat Saturday by the
Sheriff’s Office, the Governor’s Cyber Challenge, how to prepare for
power outages and staying informed with email messages from the emergency
blog. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Sheriff’s Office Safety Seat Saturday is March 23, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., in the Public Safety Center parking garage at 10550 Page Avenue, Fairfax. Specially trained and certified sheriff's deputies will help parents and caregivers ensure that a child fits securely in the safety seat and that the safety seat fits securely in the vehicle seat. Install the safety seat before you come. If you have the instructional material that came with the safety seat, bring that, too.
Governor BobMcDonnell hosted the first annual Governor’s Cyber Challenge in early March. The challenge invited all high school students in the commonwealth to participate in a series of online cyber quizzes, with the top 40 students asked to participate in a live championship competition at George Mason University for $10,000 in scholarships. The program featured 110 schools from throughout Virginia with more than 700 students registered. Fairfax County was well represented. Students from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology finished first and third; a student from the Chantilly Academy came in second.
Power outages often accompany severe weather. Make sure you can stay
connected by using these technology tips:
Keep extra batteries for your phone in a safe place or purchase a
solar-powered or hand crank charger. These chargers are good emergency
tools to keep your laptop and other small electronics working in the
event of a power outage.
If you own a car, purchase a car phone charger so you can charge your
phone if you lose power at your home.
Program emergency contacts into your cellphone so emergency personnel
can contact them for you if you are unable to use your phone.
Conserve your cellphone battery by reducing the brightness of your
screen, placing your phone in airplane mode, closing apps you are not
using and keeping phone calls brief.
If you do not have a cellphone, keep a prepaid phone card to use if
needed during or after a disaster.
For more information on how to get ready before severe weather, visit www.ready.gov/get-tech-ready or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/digital-preparedness.htm. Those addresses again are www.ready.gov/get-tech-ready or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/digital-preparedness.htm.
Finally, did you know that you can receive an email every time new information is posted to the Fairfax County emergency information blog? Whether it’s preparedness information or the latest life-safety instructions during times of emergency, the emergency blog is the main source of emergency information for Fairfax County residents. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog to follow along; look for the “subscribe by email” box on the right side of the page to sign up for free
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 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.