Flood Warning System

Important Fairfax County: Flood Warning System

A Fairfax County, VA Publication, September 2017

Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and may occur at any time. Fairfax County uses the following methods to warn residents about flooding and other emergencies:

  • Fairfax Alerts: Delivers emergency information to county residents before, during and after a crisis and provides notices about severe weather and traffic congestion. Messages are delivered to all devices registered and many include email, cell and home phones, pagers and other wireless devices. Register for emergency alerts from Fairfax County at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/alerts.

  • Emergency Information Blog: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog is the official Fairfax County emergency preparedness, response and recovery web site. Sign up to receive blog alerts and updates.

There are important safety measures that residents and business owners should take in preparation for a flood that include planning, preparing and mitigating. Make a plan before there is an emergency. Build an emergency kit for yourself and your family. Don't forget your pets. Learn more at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency or www.ready.gov/virginia.

Prepare for Flooding:

  • Know how to shut off electricity and gas to your home and business.
  • Make a list of emergency telephone numbers and identify a safe place to go. 
  • Make an inventory of your home and business items, especially basement contents.
  • Put insurance policies, valuable papers and medications in a safe but accessible place.
  • Put cleaning supplies, a camera and waterproof boots in a handy place.
  • Develop a family preparedness plan for emergencies, including flooding.
  • Register for Fairfax Alerts and the emergency blog.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) provides preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery services to the residents of Fairfax County. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/.

For more flood information visit 
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/stormwater/floodinformation.htm. Call the staff of the Stormwater Planning Division at 703.324.5500, TTY 711, or email [email protected] for assistance.
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