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.
Important Numbers For Northern Virginia Residents
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
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
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.
Fairfax Water: 703-698-5800 - 703-698-5613 (after hours)
Falls Church Water: 703-248-5071 - 703-248-5044 (after hours)
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
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
Health Department: 703-246-2201
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