Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Oct. 2, 2013
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about the Great Southeast ShakeOut, Fire Prevention Week and open houses at area fire stations, the opening of a new fire station, National Preparedness Month and how to get a speaker or presentation about emergency preparedness for your homeowners or civic association. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The second annual Great Southeast ShakeOut multi-state earthquake drill is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, at 10:17 a.m. By signing up for the ShakeOut, you can learn about earthquake safety and also join in the largest simultaneous earthquake drill ever held. Wherever you are – at home, school, work or play – you can participate and learn how to drop, cover and hold on, the safe response to an earthquake. Learn more and sign up for the Oct. 17 ShakeOut at www.shakeout.org/southeast.
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department is promoting Fire Prevention Week Oct. 7-13. This year’s theme is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” There are Fire Prevention Week open houses on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at local fire stations. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov/fr for more info as well as the location for your local station. You also can visit Fairfax County Fire and Rescue on Facebook for additional safety tips and department information.
In conjunction with the Fire and Rescue Department’s open houses, the county’s newest fire station, Fire Station 42 Wolftrap is hosting its new engine housing ceremony at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Station 42, Wolftrap, opened for business at 7 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 1315 Beulah Road in Vienna. The station will initially house an engine company and an EMS supervisor. Other emergency response units will be added in July 2014. A grand opening of the station is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m. The new station is approximately 14,600 square feet, has four drive-through bays and sits on six acres.
The Office of Emergency Management was highlighted in four videos last month during National Preparedness Month. The videos focused on what residents and businesses can do to be better prepared. The videos stressed the importance of making a plan, building a kit and staying informed, as well as preparedness for special populations, like children, elderly and pets. Check out the videos on the Fairfax County Government YouTube channel at youtube.com/fairfaxcountygov. And even though National Preparedness Month is over, it’s still important to take time today to make a plan, build a kit and stay informed.
The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management is available to help with any questions you may have about emergency preparedness, as well as to deliver emergency preparedness presentations to community organizations and homeowners associations. Contact OEM at 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Finally, Fairfax County’s NewsWire keeps you up-to-date on news that affects you, your family and your community. Subscribe today at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/subscribe. And be sure to subscribe by RSS or email 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.