If Fairfax County happened to be hit with an area-wide disaster (think derecho, tornado, or other epic weather event; area-wide loss of power for an extended period; or some of the more plausible sci-fi movie scenarios), the County would not have the resources to respond to every individual need right away. Therefore, the County has encouraged each community to develop our own disaster recovery plans and inventories of resources to take care of families within our communities during the interim until the County can respond (probably three days or longer). Consider this plan somewhat like property insurance—it’s reassuring to have but you hope you never have to use it.
To that end, the Lakeport Board has created this web site to provide information that will help if that situation were ever to arise. It includes the following, some of which you may want to print now (the power may go out during a disaster):
- Disaster Preparedness Guide, to help individual families make plans now so they know what to do in case a disaster occurs
- Items to include in Disaster Preparedness Kits (portable “Go-Bags” for family members plus a more complete kit for your home)
If we should happen to experience an area-wide disaster:
- First ensure the safety of your own family members and home.
- Review the steps in the Disaster Preparedness guide.
- Tape a sign onto your front door or garage signaling your status (“OK” or “Help”).
- Please check with your neighbors to ensure they are safe (if you are able, call them if they are out of town to find out their plans).
- Monitor local TV and radio broadcasts for updates and emergency information.
Other planning resources:
- Fairfax County Emergency Management
- Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Guide (see in particular information starting on p. 15 and emergency contact information at the beginning)
- American Red Cross