The risk of strong winds and severe thunderstorms increase significantly on Thursday, March 31. The National Weather Service has placed most of our region in a slight risk of severe thunderstorms. Damaging winds are the main threat.
Visit the National Weather Service local weather page for current information: weather.gov/lwx .
To report hazardous road conditions or downed limbs and other hazards in Fairfax City public right-of-way, please call Police Dispatch at 703-385-7924.
In case of emergency, call 911.
Here are some tips from the Emergency Management Office and FEMA. Click on the image (right) for a downloadable PDF of the city’s High Wind Safety Checklist.
To monitor or report utility outages, visit Dominion Energy Outage Center and the Fairfax Water Customer Service.
Monitor NOAA Weather Radio or other trusted weather information providers.
- Bring pets inside.
- Secure or bring inside loose items from patios, balconies, and backyards.
- Avoid working in unsecured places, especially at heights
- Minimize outdoor activities for the whole family, including pets.
- Be prepared for possible widespread power outages.
- Keep electronics (telephones, particularly) charged in case of a power outage.
- Keep a written list of important emergency resources, including repair resources, in case electricity and Internet services are down.
- Make sure emergency generators and/or secondary heating systems are well-ventilated.
- Keep extra water in the house (at least one gallon per person per day) in case utilities are compromised.
- As it is safe to do so, check on neighbors who may need assistance or attention.
Stay informed: sign up for Fairfax City Alert, the city’s electronic message alert system, and pay attention to reliable news sources for weather information and additional emergency information.
If you haven’t already, consider creating a Family Disaster Plan to remain ready in case of emergencies. Contact the Emergency Management Office during regular operating hours for information: email, 703-385-4856.