Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Oct. 30, 2013


Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about how to protect your home and personal property and a new way to stay connected to Fairfax County Government news and information, during emergencies as well as on a day-to-day basis. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


October’s National Crime Prevention Month served as a great reminder to take steps toward protecting your home and personal property. According to the National Crime Prevention Council, there were nearly 9 million property crimes in the United States in 2012. The National Crime Prevention Council offers these home safety tips.

  • Lock all doors (including garage doors) and windows: Lock them with heavy duty locks even when you are at home. Use secondary blocking devices, such as a wood block or dowel, for windows and sliding doors for added protection.

  • Crime-proof outside areas: Use motion sensor lights around the exterior of your home that can be seen from the street. Good lighting makes it harder for criminals to hide under the cover of darkness.  Also, maintain landscaping with security in mind — hedges should be trimmed away from windows so owners have a clear view of their property.

  • Get to know your neighbors: A friendly relationship can be beneficial for your home’s security. Neighbors who can pick up mail and park in your driveway to give the appearance of occupancy while you’re on vacation may help deter burglars.

  • Establish an emergency plan: Have important phone numbers listed near the phone and establish a meeting place for family members — one near your home and one outside your neighborhood. If you think you hear someone breaking in, leave safely if you can, then call 9-1-1.

For more information on National Crime Prevention Month and other advice to encourage safe habits, visit NCPC’s website at


After the June 2012 derecho storm, Fairfax County conducted a community survey about communications. Nearly 6,000 respondents answered the questions and generated nearly 18,000 individual comments, which provided us with some great insight for communications during future emergencies. In the feedback, many respondents suggested that the county should have its own radio station and programming, so residents don’t have to wait for commercial stations to get around to sharing Fairfax County-specific messages. As an after action, we created Fairfax County Government Radio, where you’ll be able to find emergency information during times of crisis, as well as county news and information on a 24/7 basis. I encourage you to learn more and tune in at That’s


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 And you’ll also want to be sure to subscribe by RSS or email to the emergency information blog at That way you’ll get the latest life safety information during any emergency situation.

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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