Health and Safety Podcast Transcript: Nov. 03, 2009


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Hello, and welcome to the Fairfax County Health and Safety Podcast for Nov. 3, 2009. I’m Jim Person, Fairfax County emergency information officer. Coming up, learn about H1N1 in Fairfax County, dam safety, hear a private sector preparedness tip and learn how to use the end of daylight saving time to be better prepared for emergencies. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.

 

In an effort to proactively address the ongoing pandemic, President Obama recently signed a National Emergency Declaration on H1N1 that allows health care systems to quickly implement disaster plans if they become overwhelmed. As experts expected, H1N1 flu is moving rapidly throughout the country and the majority of states have widespread influenza activity. This declaration authorizes the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to waive certain regulatory requirements for healthcare facilities in response the ongoing pandemic.

For specific information on H1N1 in Fairfax County, visit the county’s H1N1 influenza Web page – www.fairfaxcounty.gov/flu. The Web page provides the most current information and news about H1N1 vaccine availability in Fairfax County, including the locations and times of vaccination clinics, target populations to be served and availability of the vaccine.

The Fairfax County Health Department also has an H1N1 Call Center to answer questions about H1N1. The Call Center can be reached at 703-267-3511, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition, the Virginia Department of Health has a statewide H1N1 call center at 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343).

 

Dam safety is an important function of the Fairfax County stormwater management program.

Fairfax County has a number of large dams, some are privately owned and others are owned or maintained by the county. There also are many small, man-made ponds or impoundments that include dams as part of the structure. State-regulated dams owned and maintained by the county are inspected regularly by county staff.

Electronic devices that monitor possible flooding conditions are installed at eight dam sites and in the Belle View and Huntington communities. There are plans to install additional devices this year.

The Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, the Office of Emergency Management, county police, fire and rescue and the 9-1-1 Call Center work together to develop training and drills to exercise flood protection and response plans.

For more information about dam safety in Fairfax County, call 703-324-5500, or visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/stormwater.

 

Here’s a private sector preparedness tip from FEMA. Protect your computer systems by using encrypted Web sites with secure socket layers (SSL), https addresses and closed padlock icons. For more cyber security resources, visit www.us-cert.gov.  

Sunday, Nov. 1, marked the official end of daylight saving time. With the turning back of the clocks, residents will now have an extra hour to tackle emergency preparedness initiatives. The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management reminds residents to use the end of daylight saving time to check and restock emergency supply kits in home, office and cars. For more information about emergency supply kits or the types of items that should be included, contact the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management at 571-350-1000, or visit www.makeaplan.org or www.ready.gov/america.

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.


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