Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Mar. 19, 2014



Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast. I’m your host Jim Person. Coming up, learn about National Public Safety Telecommunications Week, emergency supply kits, the statewide tornado drill and flood safety awareness week. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


Each year, the second week of April is recognized as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. This is a time for residents to show their appreciation for professionals in the field of public safety communications. The weeklong event was initially set up in 1981 by the Contra Costa County, Calif., Sheriff’s Office, but it grew to be nationally recognized. The public safety telecommunications group encompasses everyone involved from the first moment a call is connected to a  public safety answering point until the last line has disconnected and help has physically arrived. These individuals work tirelessly to ensure that when others need help, someone answers the call. The Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications – the Fairfax County 9-1-1 Call Center – uses this week to recognize its outstanding employees at an awards ceremony. This year will be the 9th Annual DPSC Telecommunicators Awards Ceremony. Awards will be presented to employees based on recognitions by their peers and supervisors for outstanding performance over the past year. The ceremony is Thursday, April 17, at 6 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. Residents are invited to attend to show your support for 9-1-1 Center staff.


Snow on St. Patrick’s Day may have depleted your emergency supplies. Be sure to take a few minutes to restock your emergency kit. Learn more about what you need online at That’s You also call can the county’s Office of Emergency Management at 571-350-1000, TTY 711, if you need any assistance with what should be included in an emergency supply kit.


For the third consecutive year, more than 1.2 million Virginians registered for the annual statewide tornado drill, held March 11 at 9:45 a.m. The drill urged participants to locate a “safe area” in the lowest level of a building, away from windows and keep their heads covered until the drill was over. The top locality with the highest participation was Fairfax County, followed by Loudoun County, Henrico County, Chesapeake City and Richmond City. If your family or business didn’t participate, don’t worry; there’s still time to conduct your own tornado drill. Learn more at


The week of Monday, March 17, is Flood Safety Awareness Week. With hurricane and flooding season approaching, be sure to stock up on bottled water and extra packaged food, a flashlight and plenty of batteries, just in case. During major disasters, pets often become separated from their owners. Avoid that heartbreak by making an emergency plan for your pet too.

  • Prepare a pet disaster supply kit. Include at least three day’s food and water; food and water bowls; an extra leash and collar with identification tag; a few days’ worth of medication; current photos of you with your pet; blankets or towels for bedding and warmth; cat litter/pan; your vet’s name and phone number; and treats. Store items in a study container that can be carried easily.

  • Make sure all dogs and cats are wearing collars and up-to-date identification tags.

  • And purchase a pet carrier and label it with emergency contact information.

Learn more at


Finally, Fairfax County’s NewsWire keeps you up-to-date on news that affects you, your family and your community. Subscribe today at And be sure to subscribe by RSS or email to the emergency information blog at


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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