Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

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.


Arlington County
Office of Emergency Management
Arlington Alert
Twitter: @ReadyArlington | @ArlingtonVA
Facebook: @ArlingtonVA

City of Alexandria
Office of Emergency Management
Alexandria eNews
Twitter: @AlexandriaVAGov | Facebook: @AlexandriaVAGov

Fairfax County
Ready Fairfax
Emergency Update Blog
Twitter: @ReadyFairfax | @fairfaxcounty
Facebook: @ReadyFairfax | @fairfaxcounty

City of Falls Church
Office of Emergency Management
Falls Church Alerts
Twitter: @FallsChurchGov | Facebook: @CityofFallsChurchGov

Loudoun County
Office of Emergency Management
Alert Loudoun signup
Twitter: @LoudounCoGovt | Facebook: @LoudounCountyVa

City of Manassas
Office of Emergency Management
Alert City of Manassas
Facebook: @cityofmanassas

City of Manassas Park
Office of Emergency Management
Twitter: @ManassasParkGov | Facebook: @CityofManassasParkva

Prince William County
Emergency Information Portal
Community Alert Network signup
Twitter: @pwcgov  | Facebook: @PWCGOV


Ready NOVA

Virginia Dept. of Transportation’s Northern Virginia district
Emergency Information
Social media: Twitter: @VaDOTNOVA

Virginia Dept. of Emergency Management
Preparation Tips
Know Your Zone – Hurricane Evacuation Map
Twitter: @VDEM | Facebook: @VAemergency

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:

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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