Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields and Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Polera met with City staff from all departments today to review the tracking report for Hurricane Irene, to coordinate preparations, and to discuss response plans. .
Falls Church City Manager Wyatt Shields and Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Polera met with City staff from all departments today to review the tracking report for Hurricane Irene, to coordinate preparations, and to discuss response plans. Although classes don’t begin until after Labor Day, the Falls Church City Public School system is making preparations for the first day of school so also attending today’s meeting was School Superintendent Toni Jones.
Preparing for possible power outages, City staff has tested and fueled standby generators for use at City Hall, the Community Center, public utilities pumping stations, and the property yard. The Community Center and Mary Riley Styles Public Library will stay open normal operating hours this weekend unless it becomes unsafe for employees and the public. The City water system has emergency generators in place to maintain water service. Although police advise the public to stay off the streets during the storm, the City’s goal is to keep traffic moving, and Public Works crews have generators on standby to operate all Broad Street traffic signals and select intersections on Washington Street. In preparation for possible flooding, City crews have cleared debris from catch basins and storm drains.
If the storm is severe, the City will open the Emergency Operations Center to coordinate its response and keep the public informed through a variety of communication tools, including: www.fallschurchva.gov, http://www.facebook.com/CityofFallsChurch, FCC-TV (Cox channel 12, Verizon channel 35, RCN channel 2), 1680 AM radio Falls Church Alerts, and regular media updates