In an emergency, Fairfax County first responders will do all they can to respond to everyone in need. In a big disaster, the priority is those in the most dire circumstances. That means we all need to be prepared to be our own “first responder” for the first three to five days after a major disaster.
This is why it is so important for you to have an emergency plan that is written and practiced at home, have the necessary supplies in case you need to shelter-in-place or evacuate, know how to get information about the emergency, and know how to support your community by helping your neighbors.
When you prepare for a disaster, you should take what emergency management professionals call an “all-hazards” approach. This means making general preparations that will help you, your family, and your neighbors – regardless of the nature of the emergency.
The county’s Emergency Operations Plan provides the basis for the county’s emergency management program, including all county activities and procedures intended to save lives and minimize damage during and after disasters. This Community Emergency Response Guide adapts the Emergency Operations Plan for use by county residents. For more, click here
This Community Emergency Response Guide will provide you with the tools you need to help you become more prepared. It will help you create:
- A family emergency plan.
- A business preparedness plan.
- A neighborhood preparedness plan.
- An emergency supply kit.
The Guide also includes:
- Emergency contact information and recovery resources.
- Specific actions you can take before, during, and after each of Fairfax County’s likeliest hazards.
- A list of ways to get involved in your community through volunteer efforts.
- Information about the links between you and the county’s emergency management professionals.
When you are prepared, that helps you and your community. Prepared families and businesses result in resilient communities. Resilient, self-sufficient residents can keep themselves safe and secure while first responders care for those with the greatest need.
We are all in this together.