We were lucky. For a while the forecast was ominous that our county would be impacted by Hurricane Florence, but we were fortunate. However, our neighbors in North Carolina and South Carolina have been seriously impacted with devastating floods. Some of our county personnel and agencies are helping out these neighbors. Here’s what we are doing and ways for you to help, too.
The county’s Health Department has deployed five of our county nurses and a Fairfax Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteer, who is also a registered nurse, to provide health and medical services at emergency shelters in North Carolina. The first group left on Sept. 16 with an expected return on Oct. 1. They are part of a group of 35 public health nurses from throughout Virginia, including the Virginia Department of Health and the Arlington County Health Department, who have volunteered to help residents of North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence. This assistance is provided through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which allows states to provide mutual aid assistance to other states.
“We are proud to be part of these response efforts and we wish them a safe and successful journey,” said Dr. Gloria Addo-Ayensu, Director, Fairfax County Health Department.
Two 16-person water rescue teams from Fairfax County’s Virginia Task Force 1 (VATF-1) were deployed Sept. 15 to assist with rescue efforts related to the storm. VATF-1 is staffed by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department personnel. As the federal sponsoring agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) pays for all costs and expenses incurred by VATF-1 when members are activated.
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) September 16, 2018
Frying Pan Farm Park has become a temporary home for several horses that are from areas affected by the havoc surrounding Hurricane Florence. Frying Pan is on an emergency Virginia Equine Evacuation Site list, and the Friends of Frying Pan Farm Park sent out notice to its approximately 6,000 members that Frying Pan could lend a hand during the emergency.
The horses made their way to Frying Pan through connections made via the state list and group notifications. Most of the visiting horses are from southern Virginia and North Carolina. Through a collaborative effort of all the parties involved, there is no cost to the horse owners from evacuation areas for using the stalls at Frying Pan, and they will be able to exercise their animals while at the park.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the most effective way to support disaster survivors is to donate money to reputable charitable organizations.
Want to help people affected by #Florence? The best way to help is through a cash donation to a trusted organization. Cash is flexible and doesn’t require packaging or transport. pic.twitter.com/NxZuUBLfhX
— FEMA (@fema) September 17, 2018
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management – Get Involved
- North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
- South Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
- American Red Cross 1-800-HELP-NOW
- The United Way, 1-800-272-4630