|Columbia Pike, Annandale, in February 2014.|
(1) Visit 511virginia.org for updates on road conditions or call VDOT’s Customer Service Center, 800-367-ROAD (7623).
(2) Report power outages and check the status of power restoration at Dominion Virginia Power’s outage center. Make sure all your devices are charged, just in case.
(3) VDOT has approximately 2,500 crew members and more than 13,000 snowplows and other snow-removal equipment ready to deploy statewide plus a network of 77 weather sensors on roadways and bridges. Crews will clear, in order of priority, interstate and primary roads, major secondary roads with vital emergency and public facilities, other secondary roads, and subdivision streets.
(4) If snow reaches two inches or more, VDOT will activate an online neighborhood tracking map that monitors the status of plowing in Northern Virginia.
(5) Fairfax County will post snowstorm updates and tips for staying safe on its emergency information blog.
(6) Sign up for Fairfax Alerts to get weather updates on your phone via text or email.
(7) If you see someone outside at night in need of shelter, contact the Fairfax County non-emergency phone line, 703-691-2131, to have them connected with the county’s hypothermia prevention program.
(8) Keep tabs on elderly or disabled neighbors to make sure they have enough food and medical supplies to get them through the blizzard.
(9) Fire hydrants buried under snow could delay emergency services. Clearing a three-foot radius around hydrants could make a critical difference in case of an accident.
(10) If your home has a flat roof, snow accumulation could lead to a roof collapse. Evacuate your home and call 911 if you experience signs of distress, such as a sagging ceiling, new cracks, or creaking sounds.