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Before, During and After: Flooding and Heavy Rainfall

Post Date:09/18/2018

Here is information to help plan for forecasted weather conditions of heavy rainfall and potential flooding.

Watch this video from Cityscreen-12 and NOAA:

Before an Emergency

  • Prepare an emergency kit for sheltering in place or evacuation: make sure you have sufficient cash, medicine, pet food and other specific resources you know you'll need for at least five days. Include insurance information and identification.
  • Enroll in Fairfax City Alerts for city-based news and information.
  • Stay informed with reliable news and weather resources, such as the National Weather Service.
  • Take care of pets during an emergency: make a plan for their protection, especially in case of evacuation. (Visit the Department of Homeland Security Pets and Animals page for ideas and information.)
  • Coordinate with household members for communication and where to meet if separated during an emergency.
  • If you rely on public transportation, contact your local emergency management agency about evacuation info before a hurricane. (Click here for CUE Bus information or call 703-385-7859)
  • Charge electronics, and keep them fully charged in anticipation of power loss.
  • Fill fuel tanks in vehicles and generators.
  • Fill pitchers and other safe, sealable containers with clean tap water (in addition to any bottled water you may purchase).
  • Prepare your home outdoors:
    • Secure loose items outdoors (furniture, refuse containers, decorations, etc.)
    • Clean gutters and downspouts, or check with the homeowner association or apartment management that is responsible for that service.
    • Gather supplies you may need for sandbags, fill generator fuel tanks, and other household emergency items.
  • More information at Virginia Department of Emergency Management Flood information.

During an Emergency

  • Stay indoors.
  • Stay informed with reliable news and weather resources.
  • If you experience a power outage, visit the Dominion Energy Outage Center or call (866) DOM-HELP (866-366-4357)
  • Do not walk or drive in flooded areas — fast-moving water is dangerous, even if you think it's only "a few inches." Turn Around, Don't Drown.
  • Call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.

After an emergency

  • Check on your neighbors, particularly those who need extra help (those with disabilities or who are elderly or ill, for example).
  • Help your neighbors as you can — but stay safe.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • If you've lost power, keep refrigerator doors closed to keep food safe for a longer period of time.
  • If using a generator, keep neighbors in mind and turn it off during late night and early morning hours.
  • Call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.