Community resources to ensure you and your neighbors can get the information and assistance you need during emergency situations.
September is National Preparedness Month to help ensure that everyone is prepared with a plan and tips for handling emergency situations, including the impacts of major storms such as Hurricane Florence. Although the Northern Virginia region did not experience the devastating impacts that our neighbors in the Carolinas have, it’s always a good idea to know what’s available and be prepared for the emergency situations that can affect our region.
Here are local resources you can access, in addition to safety preparation tips from the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, to stay abreast of the latest emergency and assistance information.
These are also great resources as cooler weather rolls in this fall and winter, and hypothermia season begins. Learn more from NVFS staff members about how you can help our neighbors weather extreme conditions and what NVFS resources are available:
- It’s cold. Shelter officials share how you can help others through the winter.
- Services available for homeless as winter temperatures settle in
- Coat drives in the winter to help prevent our neighbors from falling ill or getting hypothermia
Helping Our Clients Avoid Emergencies
NVFS also provides a wide range of services to help our clients avoid everyday emergencies:
- access to medical and dental care to forestall more serious problems
- rent assistance to prevent homelessness
- access to healthy food, nutrition info and grocery budgeting tips to prevent serious health problems
- mental health services such as anger management, domestic violence support for victims and domestic violence prevention groups
For a full list of NVFS programs and services by jurisdiction, please visit our Get Assistance search tool.
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