Winter weather advisory
It's been 10 days since the General Assembly adjourned for the year, and I've returned to my day job, catching up on two months of emails and meetings I've missed. I've also enjoyed spending time with my family and getting back into the routines of life in Fairfax County.
... One of those routines in Northern Virginia is having to deal with the crazy unpredictable weather!
If you live in our area, you've no doubt heard by now that we are expecting a major snow storm today through tomorrow. Weather forecasts are predicting five or more inches of heavy wet snow with accumulation possible.
Naturally, this means that we could potentially face heavy traffic conditions, delays in snow removal, power outages, possible school closings or delayed start time, and other frustrating inconveniences of life in the national capital region.
It also means that it is better to be ready and safe, than to be sorry for ignoring the warnings and not being prepared enough.
In the past four years that I've been your Delegate, we've experienced everything from Snowmageddon of 2010 to Hurricane Sandy of 2012, and every severe weather condition in between.
We've also seen plenty of "false alarms" after folks were all stressed out for days about some impending weather event that never happened.
One lesson that I've learned throughout all of these emergencies is to have vital information handy and easily accessible.
Below is some useful contact information for you to keep nearby in case of emergencies. Consider printing out this email in case of power outage.
I certainly hope that the next couple of days will come and go without much hassles, but just in case, click here to read some helpful hints from FEMA for preparing for a winter storm emergency.
* For ALL emergencies, please dial: 9-1-1
* For all Non-Emergency public safety concerns: 703-691-2131, TTY 703-204-2264
* Fairfax County Emergency Information Line: 703-817-7771, TTY 7-1-1
* If you need snow removal from public roads around you (those that are maintained by the state through Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), not by your private homeowners' association), please call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623). This number is answered 24/7 by a live person, and all calls will be logged and addressed appropriately.
* Residents can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with details on your location and the snow situation you need addressed.
* By the way, VDOT has developed a real-time online tracking tool to help you better understand the agency's snow removal process. Click here to learn more about their northern Virginia's snow removal program.
* Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357), TTY 7-1-1
* NOVEC Power outages and downed wires: 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500, TTY 7-1-1
* Pepco Power outages and downed wires: 1-877-737-2662
* Downed Trees in Fairfax County (numbers vary based on situation): http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/recover/tree-removal.htm
* If the tree is on a public road, call VDOT: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623), TTY 7-1-1
Other Service Issues:
* Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520 or 703-750-1400, TTY 7-1-1
* Fairfax Water: 703-698-5800, TTY 703-698-7025. After hours, call 703-698-5613, TTY 7-1-1
* Cox Communications: 703-378-8422
* Verizon: 1-800-837-4966
To Contact Me:
* My personal mobile phone is (703) 999-2782 and I have it with me at all times so please feel free to call if you can't get through to anyone else.
* You can also reach me via Twitter @MarkKeam or message me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MarkKeam or call my office at (703) 350-3911.
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