Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: March 10, 2009

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Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for March 10, 2009. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about neighborhood rabies canvasses, tornado preparedness and ending HIV-Aids in Fairfax County. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


Make sure your dogs and cats are vaccinated against the deadly rabies virus. Now through April 18, animal control officers will conduct their annual rabies canvass in neighborhoods throughout the county where rabid animals were detected in 2008. Residents may be asked to show proof of their pets licensing and vaccinations. Officers also will distribute information and remind residents that they must comply with the law.

Remember, even if your cat or dog is an "indoor only" pet, the threat of the rabies virus is very real. Rabies is carried by a number of wild animals that live in Fairfax County, including raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats and others. For more information, contact the Animal Services Division at 703-324-0222.


Tornadoes can strike anywhere in Virginia, at any time of year and at any time of the day. It is vital to know what to do and where to go in the event that a tornado watch or warning is issued. The 2009 Statewide Tornado Drill, scheduled for March 17 at 9:45 a.m., is an opportunity for residents to focus their attention on tornado safety at home, at work and at school.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has partnered with the National Weather Service to provide instructions about how you can conduct a tornado drill and learn the meaning of watches and warnings. For more information about the March 17 tornado preparedness drill or to register, visit

Should residents face a real tornado, the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management says to “go low and stay low,” – go to the lowest level of a structure away from windows and crouch in a low position with your head covered.

Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A watch means current weather conditions may result in a tornado. A warning means a tornado has been sighted. When a tornado warning is issued for your area, take cover immediately.

Tornadoes can occur any time of the year and often strike with little or no advance warning. For more information about tornado preparedness, visit,, or call the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 571-350-1000.


And finally, African Americans account for more than half of all AIDS cases in the U.S.  Health officials say early detection and treatment through frequent testing is key to changing the statistics. The Fairfax County Health Department has partnered with area church leaders to end HIV and AIDS in our community and this month hosted the first ever summit for teens and adults with the Northern Virginia Clergy Council for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS. The Health Department hopes church leaders will help to de-stigmatize HIV in the black community and encourage healthy behaviors among young people. For more information about this new initiative, contact the Fairfax County Health Department at 703-246-2433.


That’s it for this edition of the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast, produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia 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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