Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Jan. 22, 2014
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about snow shoveling and how to do it safely, VDOT’s snowplowing map, how to use Twitter to follow storms in Fairfax County, planning resources to help you accomplish your new year’s preparedness goals and county podcasts. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
During snowstorms, neither the state nor the county clear snow and ice from public walkways (sidewalks and trails). And though it’s not legally required, residents and businesses are asked to help keep sidewalks safe for pedestrians, people with disabilities, elderly and children when they return to school. Remember though that shoveling snow can be physically demanding and lead to injuries such as sprains and strains. The emergency information blog at fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog has a recent article with eight snow shoveling tips. Go to the blog and search “snow shoveling.” The article also includes a helpful video showing the proper way to shovel snow to prevent injury.
Speaking of snow… The Virginia Department of Transportation handles snow removal on most roads in Fairfax County. If you’re wondering about the status of plowing on major and secondary roads as the day progresses, check out VDOT’s snowplowing map at www.novasnowplowing.virginia.gov.
If you’re a Twitter user, be sure to tell us what you see by using the hashtag #ffxstorm – that’s the pound sign, or hashtag, ffxstorm. If a large storm affects the region, the more localized information the better. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @fairfaxcounty.
How’s your 2014 going so far? Especially your New Year’s resolutions. Hopefully preparedness was on the list. If you’re not sure how to get started, go to www.ReadyNova.org for an easy-to-use template for making a personalized family emergency plan. You can also stay informed and learn the resources that are available before a disaster occurs. Bookmark Fairfax County’s emergency blog to keep up with weather updates, county closings and more. The blog is at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog. And while you’re on the county website, be sure to sign up for the Community Emergency Alert Network – CEAN – so you can receive timely emergency alerts. Sign up at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean.
Did you know that this is one of several podcasts the county produces? We encourage you to join us and listen to the “News to Use” podcast or the “Pawcast” from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. And “The County Conversation” brings you interviews with county leaders and subject matter experts. Find all of the county’s podcasts at fairfaxcounty.gov/podcasts. That’s podcasts with an “s.” We appreciate you listening – and giving us a rating on iTunes so that more potential listeners can find the podcast.
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.