Minutes for the PDC Meeting Tuesday November 18, 2014

Minutes for the PDC Meeting Tuesday November  18, 2014
Location: Dunn Loring Administrative Center
2334 Gallows Road, RM 111
Topic: Emergency Preparedness
Primary Speaker:   Dean Sherick, Community Outreach Liaison for Fairfax County’s Office of Emergency Management
Dean Sherick spoke on the topic of Emergency Management and Preparedness. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) coordinates efforts with different organizations such as the police and fire departments, public works and power companies.  OEM provides emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery services to the residents of Fairfax County.
OEM recommends a 4-step process for Fairfax County residents to prepare their communities, businesses as well as themselves for both man-made and naturally occurring emergencies.
  1. Make a plan
  2. Stay informed
  3. Get involved
1) Assemble a kit
All residents should have supplies on hand sufficient for at least 3 days following an emergency.
If you already have a kit of emergency preparedness supplies you are encouraged to check (expiration dates, for example) and test them periodically.
For a list of recommended emergency kit items and for additional information about assembling a kit, refer to:
2) Create a plan
Do you know how to respond if disaster impacts your home or workplace?
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it’s important to plan in advance.   How will you contact one another? How will you get back together?
What will you do in different situations?
There is an online tool families and businesses can use to create a plan.  ReadyNOVA.org was developed to help residents and business owners in Northern Virginia to develop a Family Emergency Plan or a Business Emergency Plan through an easy to use online tool. The final plan can be saved as a PDF document and emailed to family, friends and colleagues.
3) Stay informed
During emergencies, it helps to stay informed.  These days there are various digital formats that make it even easier to stay informed about things like power/electricity, road conditions, traffic, weather, even VDOT snow plow status!
To get more details about how to sign up for alerts and otherwise stay informed, check out:   http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/stay-informed.htm
4) Get involved
Would you like to learn more about emergency preparedness and help your community as well?   Fairfax County’s Citizen Corps has various hands-on volunteer opportunities such asCommunity Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT trains people in neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools in basic disaster response skills, such as fire suppression and search and rescue, and helps them take a more active role in emergency preparedness.
There’s also Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) which provides support for the police department by incorporating volunteers so that law enforcement professionals have more time for frontline duty. VIPS includes auxiliary police officers, administrative volunteers and the Citizen’s Police Academy.
For more information as well as additional ways to get involved, check out:
All residents should know what to do in case of an emergency, including how to protect yourself, your family and property. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning, requiring you to evacuate your neighborhood or confine you to your home. Preparing in advance by learning what hazards may affect your community and learning how to deal with these hazards are an important part of emergency preparedness.
For additional information go to:   http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/
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