Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Feb. 5, 2014
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about the national Youth Preparedness Council, prepping for more winter weather, hypothermia and emergency shelters, the upcoming statewide tornado drill and how to stay connected to emergency information from Fairfax County. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking applicants for its Youth Preparedness Council. The Youth Preparedness Council is a unique opportunity for youth leaders to serve on a highly distinguished national council and participate in the Youth Preparedness Council Summit. Additionally, the youth leaders have the opportunity to complete a self-selected youth preparedness project and to share their opinions, experiences, ideas, solutions and questions regarding youth disaster preparedness with the leadership of FEMA and national youth preparedness organizations. Any individual between the ages of 12 and 17 who is engaged in individual and community preparedness or who has experienced a disaster that has motivated him or her to make a positive difference in his or her community, may apply to serve on the Youth Preparedness Council. All applications and supporting materials must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 24 to be eligible. New Youth Preparedness Council members will be announced in May. For more information visit ready.gov/youth-preparedness-council.
The recent inclement weather we’ve had is a great reminder about winter driving safety. First, if you have to drive, get where you need to be before the weather gets bad. Keep a cold weather kit in your car with safety items such as a fully charged cellphone and a car charger, as well as a blanket, flashlight, ice scraper, gloves, hat, scarf and a first-aid kit. Fill up a gallon size baggie with kitty litter to keep in the car during the winter in case you get stuck in the ice. Be sure to have the proper amount of antifreeze in your vehicle. Antifreeze works to prevent your engine block from freezing. Be sure to check your wipers and make sure you have plenty of windshield wiper fluid. And here’s a tip to make your wipers to last longer – don’t turn them on until after they’re cleared of ice and snow.
If you see someone unsheltered in this extreme cold weather, call the non-emergency phone line at 703-691-2131, TTY 711. Fairfax County’s emergency homeless shelters have additional capacity during winter months to take in people overnight who are at risk of hypothermia. Emergency personnel will determine which shelter option is best in the situation. Learn more about the county’s hypothermia program online at fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/hypothermia-prevention. That address again is fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/hypothermia-prevention.
In addition, don’t forget your pets this winter — bring pets and companion animals inside and move other animals to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water. Get more tips to prepare your pets and your family at fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare.
Finally, since 2011, 67 tornadoes have struck Virginia, affecting nearly every part of the state. Tornadoes are common in Virginia, so it is critical that everyone knows what to do when a tornado warning is issued. You can practice taking cover from tornadoes during the Statewide Tornado Drill, scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, at 9:45 a.m. Get instructions on how to hold a drill and register now for the Statewide Tornado Drill at www.ReadyVirginia.gov.
Finally, be sure to subscribe by RSS or email to the emergency information blog at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog so you can stay in touch with important life safety information during times of crisis. That’s 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.