Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Sept. 18, 2013


Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn several simple steps to becoming better prepared, available emergency preparedness presentations, an upcoming earthquake drill you can – and should participate in, and some important reminders about keeping our children safe at school and online. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


National Preparedness Month continues this month. Whether it’s severe weather, an extended power outage or worse – you’ll want to ensure that you and your family are prepared for whatever hazard may come your way. And preparing doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive – it can be boiled down to three simple steps:

  1. Make an emergency supply kit.

  2. Have a plan for your family or your business.

  3. Stay informed with Fairfax County for emergency alerts and news.

You can find lots of easy-to-accomplish preparedness tips on the Fairfax County emergency blog at Look for the “ 30 Ways to Prepare” link under the “Prepare” tab at the top of the page. And if you need help putting together a plan, either for your family or your business, use the free family and business emergency planners at That’s


Speaking of preparedness. The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management is available to deliver emergency preparedness presentations to community organizations and homeowners associations. Contact OEM at 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or via email at


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 in the ShakeOut and learn how to drop, cover and hold on, which is the safe response to an earthquake. Learn more and sign up for the Oct. 17 ShakeOut at


Now that area schools are back in full swing, the National Crime Prevention Council – home of McGruff the Crime Dog — offers these reminders. First, talk to your children about their day at school. Ask if they see anyone bullied, if they are bullied or if anything else makes them feel uncomfortable. Look for warning signs of bullying, such as a sudden drop in grades, loss of friends or torn clothing. In addition, keep an eye on your children’s Internet use. Talk to them about what they do online – what sites they visit, who they email and who they chat with. Encourage them to speak up if something makes them uncomfortable, or if they witness forms of cyberbullying such as threats or harassment. Learn more from the National Crime Prevention Council at


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 be sure to subscribe to the emergency information blog at You can get emergency preparedness news and information by either RSS or an email right to your inbox every time the blog is updated. That address again is

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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