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(2015) Week 6: Winter Weather Preparedness

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for many parts of the Commonwealth including the 32nd District area of Fairfax County. While I am down in Richmond for week 6 of the General Assembly Session, I want to provide you with important numbers and websites in case of an emergency.

One important website to be aware of is the Fairfax County Emergency Information website which provides constant updates on the weather forecast and conditions.  That website can be found here. Additionally, VDOT has winter travel tips and information here. The SnowPlow tracker at this site will show where plows have been and where they are going.

The Commonwealth of Virginia also has their winter weather preparedness website available here. You can also download the new Ready Virginia app for your phone from this site. 

Additionally, be aware of power outages that can be caused by heavy, wet snow and strong winds. Report any power outages to Dominion power by calling 1-866-366-4357and follow restoration efforts at www.dom.com. Remember, make alternative plans if you or a family member need power for medical purposes.

The following phone numbers are important to have available during a storm:

Emergency

·  Emergency: If you are having an emergency, please call 911

·  Non-Emergency Information: The Fairfax County Non-Emergency number is 703-691-2131; VA TTY NUMBER IS 711

·  Shelter Locations: Call 211 for Shelter Locations or www.211virginia.gov

·  Road Conditions: Call 511 for road conditions or www.511virginia.gov. At this site you will find information on current statewide road conditions and weather-related traffic updates.

 

Power Outages

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

 

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 Water703-698-5800 - 703-698-5613 (after hours)

 

Flooding

·  Rising water that threatens your safety, call 911

·  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 flooding703-323-1211; If you have damp walls or floors, contact a water removal or restoration company

·  Sewer Breaks or Back-ups703-323-1211 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 atwww.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.

Please be careful and stay safe. In addition, don't forget to check on friends and neighbors, especially those who live alone or are elderly.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact my district office phone number 703-709-8283 or my Richmond office phone number 804-698-7532, as well as by email atsenhowell@gmail.com or district32@senate.virginia.gov  for any assistance.

*Thank you to Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn who compiled the information in this newsletter.