Prepare: Digital Preparedness Kit

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Digital preparedness is an important part of staying informed and connected before, during and after an emergency.

Follow these tips to prepare your digital devices and be ready to act during an emergency, especially when facing a power outage

Top 10 Digital Preparedness Tips

  1. Tell your friends & family you are OK via text, email, Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
  2. Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available. Avoid calling by phone.
  3. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1 or text to 9-1-1.
    • For routine questions or non-emergency situations in Fairfax County, dial 703-691-2131 . To report road hazards or ask road-related question, 24/7, call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623 ).
  4. Save important phone numbers to your phone.
  5. Keep charged batteries and car-phone chargers available as back-up power for your cell phone.
  6. Conserve your cell phone battery by reducing the brightness of your screen, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using that draw power.
  7. Immediately following a disaster, resist using your mobile device to watch streaming videos, download music or videos, or play video games, all of which can add to network congestion. Limiting use of these services can help potentially life-saving emergency calls get through to 9-1-1.
  8. If you do not have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card to use if needed during or after a disaster.
  9. Charge your digital camera or buy batteries for your film camera if you need to document storm damage afterwards.
  10. Get connected with us through the tools listed on this page: texts, Twitter and more.

Get Organized

Store your important documents such as personal and financial records in a password-protected area on an internet server or a secure flash drive so records can be accessed from any computer, when needed. Remember important documents, such as:

  • Personal and property insurance
  • Identification: Driver's License/Passport (for family members, as well)
  • Banking information
  • Don't forget your pets! Keep a current photo of your pet in your online kit to aid in identification if you are separated. Store veterinary medical records documents online and consider an information digital microchip implant.

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Use Northern Virginia's online emergency planner to make a family communications plan.

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