Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Mar. 6, 2013

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Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for March 6, 2013. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about being prepared for any emergency and how to stay informed and two new apps. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at

The recent March snow should be a good reminder that we need to be prepared for almost any type of emergency or weather event. Do you have enough supplies, such as food, water and extra medications to be able to sustain yourself and your family for at least three days? How about flashlights with extra batteries? A battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA weather radio? What if you lost electricity at your home? Emergency preparedness isn’t meant to be scary – it’s just common sense. Think of what you and your family need to have on hand to survive a disaster – and then, just get prepared. The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management is ready to assist you in your preparations. Call them at 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or email


To stay informed before and during emergencies, sign up for emergency alerts from CEAN – the Community Emergency Alert Network – at You’ll receive emergency information by email and on your smartphone and can sign up to receive weather alerts as well. You can register to get email alerts from the county’s emergency information blog at The blog features emergency preparedness information, as well as news and updates during inclement weather and other emergency events.


Another useful website is It is particularly helpful if you live or work in multiple jurisdictions. News from each locality is featured, along with weather information, emergency alerts and more. Stay in tune with regional preparedness information at


The American Red Cross has a new tornado app for smartphones. It puts everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. You can download the app directly from the iTunes or Google Play app stores. More information about the tornado app, and other Red Cross apps, is online at


New outbreaks happen every day and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s disease detectives are on the front lines, working 24/7 to save lives and protect people. When a new outbreak happens, disease detectives are sent in to figure out how outbreaks are started, before they can spread. In the new, free CDC iPad app you get to “Solve the Outbreak.” You’ll play the role of an epidemic intelligence service agent. Find clues about outbreaks and make tough decisions about what to do next: Do you quarantine the village? Talk to people who are sick? Ask for more lab results? With fictional outbreaks based on real-life cases, you’ll have to puzzle through the evidence to earn points for each clue. The better your answers, the higher your score – and the more quickly you’ll save lives. You’ll start out as a trainee and will earn badges by solving cases, with the goal of earning the top rank of disease detective. The new app includes three outbreaks, with more coming soon. Get more details at

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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