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Dear Friends,

 

I wanted to share with you some important information in advance of Tropical Storm Andrea, which is projected to impact our area tomorrow.  Below is some information that can be useful to you during and after the storm.  Getting caught off guard can make a bad storm worse, so please make sure to take the necessary steps to get your household ready.

 

Stay Safe,

Dick Saslaw

 

Important Numbers For Northern Virginia Residents

 

Non-Emergency Information:

 If you are having an emergency, please call 911. The Fairfax County Non-Emergency number (703-691-2131); VA TTY NUMBER IS 711. If you have an emergency, please dial 911.

 

Shelter Locations: Call 2-1-1 for Shelter Location

 

Road Conditions: Call 5-1-1 for road conditions

 

Power Outages
Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)

NOVEC (Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative) outages and downed wires: 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500

Pepco outages: 1-877-737-2662; downed wires: 202-872-343

 

Downed Trees
Public roads: Virginia Department of Transportation: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)

Parks: Fairfax County Park Authority: 703-324-8594

Public Areas: Fairfax County Urban Forestry: 703-324-1770
Private property: Removal is the property owner's responsibility. Be aware of the risk of chain saw injury during tree removal. Use a chain saw safely to clear debris. If a tree has hit your home, call your property insurance company before starting the removal process.

 

Water
Fairfax Water: 703-698-5800 - 703-698-5613 (after hours)
Falls Church Water: 703-248-5071 - 703-248-5044 (after hours)

 

Flooding
Rising water that threatens your safety, call 9-1-1
Storm flooding during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) - after-hours storm flooding emergencies that are not life threatening - 703-323-1211 and state that you are reporting a storm sewer emergency

 

Sewer
Sanitary sewer flooding: 703-323-1211; If you have damp walls or floors, contact a water removal or restoration company

Sewer Breaks or Back-ups: 703-323-1211 or 703-250-2003

 

Septic System
Health Department: 703-246-2201

 

Insurance
The Virginia state Bureau of Insurance offers free consumer guides entitled, "What to Do After an Insured Commercial Property Loss"', and "What to Do After an Insured Homeowners Loss". These guides are available at www.scc.virginia.gov/boi. The Bureau of Insurance has staff specifically trained to handle disaster insurance questions and problems. Phone: 804 371 9185 or 804 371 9185 or 9691. The toll-free number is 1-877-310-6560.

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare With A Disaster Kit

 

During periods of extreme weather conditions, households should prepare for the loss of power with an emergency kit. Here are some essential items to include in your kit.

 

-3-day supply of non-perishable foods

 

-Plenty of bottled water

 

-A battery-powered radio

 

-Flashlights and extra batteries

 

-First aid kit

 

-Food for pets

 

 

Falls Church News-Press Online

 

Each year there is an election in Virginia. June 11 is primary day in the Commonwealth. The polls are open from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. This year we will be voting for all members of the House of Delegates as well as for the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and the Attorney General in the November election. Next week we have the opportunity to vote for the Democratic candidates that will face the newly minted Republican statewide ticket that was selected at a convention dominated by the far right and its Tea Party Agenda.

For the past four years we have had a Republican Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. The House of Delegates has a clear Republican majority that often has been the source of some of the most controversial legislation we have seen in Richmond for many years. Since 2012, the Senate of Virginia has been evenly divided with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans. The Lieutenant Governor has cast dozens of votes to break legislative ties. I don’t think it is a mystery as to how the bulk of those votes fell when they were cast.

Our state constitution limits the term of the Governor to four years without succession. Many of you already are familiar with the extreme actions Ken Cuccinelli has taken as Attorney General. He has used that office to oppose the Affordable Health Care Act; oppose the science of global warming; and even tried at the eleventh hour to block the transportation bill. Unlike his predecessors, he refuses to step down from this all-important job while campaigning for a promotion!

The primary is about choices. We are fortunate to have some very dedicated and competent individuals seeking your vote. However, there is little doubt in my mind that Mark Herring is the clear choice as the Democratic candidate for Attorney General. As a state senator, Mark has worked to protect our families, our quality of life and keep our economy headed in the right direction. He knows the law and will work to restore the integrity to the office of Attorney General. Make no mistake that the Republican candidate, Mark Obenshain who is a Cuccinelli clone will try to run as a moderate. Mark Herring is the best choice who will work for all Virginians in a fair and even-handed manner.

Despite a 20-20 tie in the Senate, the Republicans have used the tie-breaking vote of the Lt. Governor to further their agenda while trying to turn back the clock for Virginians. They have stacked the committees disproportionately and even attempted to redistrict the state to further ensure dominance. Ralph Northam is a friend, colleague and most respected legislator. As a physician he has taken the lead on many important public health issues including access to health care choices for women, protecting our student athletes and it was his bill that banned smoking in restaurants. Ralph has the temperament and experience to use that tie-breaking vote in a just way to help further economic growth, protect the environment and share his professional expertise as we transition into the Affordable Health Care Act.

July 1 marks the enactment date for most of the legislation that has passed and been signed into law. The media will be highlighting a number of the issues and you can go on line to www.lis.virginia.gov to session highlights for in-depth coverage. Best wishes for a safe and fun summer. I look forward to seeing you in our community.

Dick Saslaw
Senate Democratic Leader
35th District

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