Saturday, February 6, 2010

Winter Storm Warning Remains in Effect; Residents Encouraged to Check on Neighbors

A flash news release from VDEM for you.PLEASE be careful if you have to go out!
your volunteer PIO

A winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 p.m. tonight, with additional accumulations of 4-6 inches of snow anticipated throughout the day.

With many thousands of people living in Fairfax County without power, residents are encouraged to check on their neighbors, especially the elderly. If a neighbor is without power and you have power service, please help as possible.

Road conditions remain hazardous. The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management strongly recommends that residents remain indoors where occupants are not exposed to the current hazardous weather conditions. Also, Fairfax Connector bus service is suspended for Saturday Feb. 6.

Caution should be used with any approved auxiliary heating devices, such as kerosene, propane or natural gas heaters. Please keep combustibles away from all portable heating devices and candles, monitor their use and don't leave them unattended.

Please do not dial 9-1-1 to obtain information on the restoration of power. For power information, call your local provider.

Dominion Virginia Power: 1-888-667-3000

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC): 703-335-0500 or toll-free 1-888-335-0500

Fairfax County Government offices and facilities, including libraries, are closed until 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8. Emergency service personnel should report as scheduled. Fairfax County Public Schools are closed for the weekend.

Emergency information is available on Fairfax County's Web site, Facebook, Twitter, emergency information phone line (703-817-7771), the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) and on Fairfax County Government Channel 16. In addition, 1670 AM, emergency radio for Fairfax County, is broadcasting continuous weather information directly from the National Weather Service.

Additional winter weather preparedness information can be found online.