Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: April 21, 2009
Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for April 21, 2009. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about a new Health Department program called “MOMS” for pregnant women and about National Crime Victims Rights Week. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
This month the Fairfax County Health Department officially launched its “Maternity Online Medical Referral Services,” or MOMS website. MOMS is a secure Web-based program offering a point of entry for services to pregnant women.
If you are pregnant or think you are pregnant and live in Fairfax County, this program provides an on-line option for you to receive quality maternal care through the Health Department. By completing the confidential On-Line Eligibility Form, a MOMS care representative will receive your information to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements and expedite your maternity care at one of its five health department clinics. The best care for your baby begins with early pre-natal care. For more information about MOMS, go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/moms or call 703-246-2411.
National Crime Victims Rights Week will be observed Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. There will be an annual candlelight vigil of hope, courage and remembrance to honor victims of crime and recognize all those who serve them. The ceremony will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center located at 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax. Everyone is encouraged to attend.
Gail Pennybacker, long-time journalist from WJLA Channel 7 will moderate the ceremony. Featured speaker includes Susan Molinari, former Congresswoman from New York. Call the Police Department’s Public Information Office at 703-246-2253 for more information.
And finally, April is National 9-1-1 Education Month. Did you know that the Fairfax County Department of Public Safety Communications – the 9-1-1 Center –received more than 378,900 9-1-1 calls and more than 414,000 non-emergency calls in 2008?
The county’s 9-1-1 Center is a nationally recognized public safety communications center, one of the 50 largest in the United States and the largest in Virginia. It is the agency responsible for receiving all 9-1-1 emergency calls in Fairfax County and dispatching units of the Fairfax County Police Department and Fire Department and is the Public Safety Answering Point for all 9-1-1 calls dialed in Fairfax County, including the towns of Herndon and Vienna, and the City of Fairfax.
Here’s thanks to the men and women of 9-1-1 who everyday are instrumental helping save countless lives and dispatching law enforcement, fire rescue and emergency medical services personnel.
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 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.