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Fairfax Resolution 2017: Get Prepared for Winter

Post Date:12/04/2017

Don’t wait until the first snowflake falls: join the city in getting prepared for winter. Information: 703-385-4856, email.

  • Make provisions now for services you may need, including snow removal, home repairs, tree limb removal, and more. 
  • Build an emergency kit with three days’ worth of food, water, medicine, clothing, and emergency gear. Do not forget your pets’, or family members’, special needs. 
  • Expect power outages: keep electronic communication devices fully charged during an emergency. Keep non-electric tools handy (flashlights, manual can openers, battery-powered radios). 
  • Want a generator? Get your permits in order before installation. Got a generator? Remember the city’s noise ordinance.
  • Check on your neighbors and lend a hand.
  • Check out the city flier on winter weather preparation.


Fairfax Resolution 2017

There’s always something to discover in the City of Fairfax, so make a Fairfax Resolution in the new year to discover (or rediscover) a city service or a new treasure every month in 2017. Take a suggestion from The Cityscene or create one for yourself.

Send us your idea for Fairfax Resolution!


January: Discover the City

Resolve to take the CUE Bus to your favorite city destination: a shop or restaurant, maybe even a city park for a winter walk. CUE Bus runs in nearly all weather throughout the city, to the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail Station, and to George Mason University.


February: Subscribe to Fairfax City Alert

Subscribe to Fairfax City Alert to stay abreast of city news, events, and services. This is particularly helpful during an emergency. Current subscribers may wish to review their subscription to make sure they have chosen the topics of interest. Remember: there are separate traffic alert categories for “scheduled” and “unscheduled” events.


March: Build an Emergency Kit

Prepare for emergencies by building an emergency kit to take care of yourself and your household (including pets) for 72 hours. Get suggestions from the Office of Emergency Management: visit the Preparedness Training Information page on the city website or call 703-385-4856.


April: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  • Reduce the amount of refuse you produce: bring reusable bags to the store, for example, and look for products with less packaging. 
  • Reuse items: buy used; maintain products to extend their usefulness; and rent or share items used less frequently (tools, for example). Donate small household and personal items to Goodwill via a drop box in the Recycling Center at the Property Yard, 3410 Pickett Road. 
  • Recycle as much as you can, wherever you go. The Recycling Center is accessible all day, every day for household recyclables. Not sure what you can put in your recycling bin? Check out the Solid Waste Services Guide


May: Rediscover Your City 

In May, be a tourist in your own city. Here are a few ideas to start:


 June: Live Life Connected

Use your electronic devices to live life connected with the City of Fairfax. Receive electronic message alerts via e-mail, text, and Everbridge app via Fairfax City Alert. Subscribers choose topics and delivery methods.

Download the city app to access news and special event information, contact city leaders and city staff — even adopt a pet.

Receive texts about city special events: text FXC EVENTS to 888-777.


July: Volunteer

In July, live life connected in the City of Fairfax by volunteering in your community. 

Start at home: check with your homeowner association or rental office for opportunities in your neighborhood.

Consider applying for a city or regional board or commission. See the current vacancies posted in The Cityscene, on Cityscreen-12, and on the city website.

The School Board appoints city representatives to Fairfax County Public School boards and commissions — and current opportunities include the Fairfax County Public Schools Facilities and Planning Advisory Council and Fairfax County Public Schools Student Health Advisory Committee. Information: 703-385-7911. 

Also, think regionally with opportunities shared by Volunteer Fairfax (703-246-3460).


August: Watch It!

In August, live life connected in the City of Fairfax by watching Cityscreen-12, the award-winning city television station. 

Cityscreen-12 is available on channel 12 on Cox Communications and Verizon — and click here to watch it now

Visitors to the city website can find it via the “Cityscreen-12 Live” button on the home page. 

Catch televised meetings and work sessions of the City Council, School Board, and Planning Commission. Click here to see Cityscreen-12’s program schedule online, or find it in the Cityscene.

Missed a program? Find it on the city YouTube channel,, or check the archive on the city website (Web visitors will find it under “meetings” on the home page). Subscribe to the YouTube channel to receive alerts when new programs post.

Enjoy a sample of Cityscreen-12 programs:



September: Enjoy Recreation and Parks 

In September, live life connected in the City of Fairfax by taking advantage of events and programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department. Information: 703-385-7858.

Visit the dozens of city parks: watch the seasons change, party in a park pavilion, or kick around a soccer ball. Parks also are listed on the free city app.

Check out the recreation classes, trips, arts activities, and special events in Leisure Times, delivered to all city addresses and posted on the city website. 


October: Get to Know Your Elected Officials 

In October, live life connected in the City of Fairfax by becoming familiar with your local elected officials.

City registered voters elect many representatives that serve the city, including the Mayor, City Council, and School BoardClick here for information on meetings by these elected bodies.

Voters also elect Constitutional Officers: Commissioner of the Revenue and Treasurer, who serve the city exclusively; and the Sheriff, Commonwealth’s Attorney, and Clerk of the Court, who also serve Fairfax County’s citizens. Click here for a complete list of elected officials.


November: Know the City's Plans 

Find out what the city has planned for the future by participating in the update of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

You also may stay abreast of developments in the city via the city website. This page, which is regularly updated, provides a status report on major development projects.



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