Fairfax County Board Chair Sharon Bulova issued a public advisory this morning on the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy on this region over the next few days, and recommended preparatory measures the public is urged to take. The following is her statement:
According to the National Weather Service, the most likely timeframe of impact for Hurricane Sandy will be Sunday and Monday. The exact timing and extent of the impact is uncertain due to the timeline, distance and potential for change in course. While there is still uncertainty on the exact track of Hurricane Sandy, strong winds, coastal flooding, heavy rain and dangerous swells will be possible for areas along the coast of Virginia and Fairfax County. In addition, strong winds and locally heavy rainfall will be possible during this time along and east of Interstate 95.
I encourage everyone to sign up for weather alerts from the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) – for the latest information on the storm and emergency services.
-We urge all of our Fairfax County residents to stay up to date on this storm as it has potential for heavy rains, winds and flooding.
-Ensure that you have adequate food and water on hand in the event power is lost or roads are closed due to downed trees.
-Don’t forget your pets, medications and others who may need special assistance.
-Ensure that you have a communications plan and that all family members understand who to call if you get separated.
-In these types of weather events, excessive rain will loosen tree root systems so a greater potential for downed trees can be expected.
-In the event you live in an area that is prone to flooding, be prepared to relocate your family and vehicle before flood waters have an impact. In past events, there has been little warning once the water begins to rise.
-If you are driving and see a street that is flooded, turn around.
-Make sure you have a stock of fresh batteries in case of power loss.
-Consider including a wind up radio among your emergency supplies.