Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: March 24, 2009

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Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for March 24, 2009. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, is your emergency supply kit up-to-date, learn about “sexting” and be prepared in case a tornado should strike your community. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at


Does your Emergency Preparedness Kit contain recalled or expired items?

Currently the United States is in the midst of one of the largest food recalls in American history. Because peanut products are often recommended as staples in emergency preparedness kits — due to their long shelf life and because they are a good source of protein — we encourage you to check that food products in your emergency preparedness kits are not on the peanut recall list. Keep in mind that the peanut product recall extends beyond peanut-flavored products.

Also, check expiration dates on other items in your kits. This should be done on a regular schedule, for instance, every six months when you check the batteries in your smoke alarm.

More information on the peanut products recall is available online at


It's here and it's destroying lives and reputations. “Sexting” — sending racy images via cell phone — is a dangerous thing to do. If you haven't heard of it, chances are your teens have and you need to!

The Fairfax County Police Department is hosting a forum on Monday, April 20, from 7-9 pm at the Kingstowne Library, 6500 Landsdowne Centre, that will take a close look.  Come hear powerful presentations that go beyond basic Internet safety. Hear from those who are on the front lines of this emerging epidemic among our teenagers and young adults. Presenters include a Fairfax County Police Department school resource officer actively working sexting cases, a detective from the Police Department’s online child exploitation unit and a representative from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. For more information, call 703-924-7515.


And finally, more than 446,000 people participated in the annual Statewide Tornado Drill that was held on Tuesday, March 17. When it comes to tornadoes, there's no such thing as a "tornado season." Tornadoes can strike anywhere, anytime, and you need to know what to do. There are simple, low-cost steps families can take to be ready: get a kit, make a plan and stay informed. Visit the Ready Virginia Web site at for more information about these three important steps.


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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