With the expected “historic” snow storm heading Northern Virginia’s way, I wanted to remind everyone of some of the important phone numbers and websites to keep handy:
9-1-1, for police, fire, and rescue (life-threatening emergencies only, please)
Public Safety Non-Emergency: 703-691-2131
Fairfax County Emergency Information Line: 703-817-7771
Dominion Virginia Power: 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357)
NOVEC: 703-335-0500 or 1-888-335-0500
Washington Gas: 1-800-752-7520
VDOT: 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)
Fairfax Water: 703-698-5800
Verizon Customer Service: 1-800-VERIZON (837-4966)
Cox Customer Service: 703-378-8422
Fairfax County Stormwater Management Division: 703-877-2800
Fairfax County Wastewater Collection Division Trouble Response Center: 703-323-1211
Also remember to have your cellular phones and portable electronics fully charged before the storm hits.
For weather and road conditions:
Call 511; or
Visit www.511virginia.org; or
Follow @511northernva on Twitter; or
Go to mobile.weather.gov for smart phones; or
In all cases, stay away from downed wires near downed trees. Electricity can travel through tree limbs. Never remove tree limbs or other items that are touching or are near a downed wire.
To report downed trees:
Adjacent to Public Roads: VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623)
On County Parkland: Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594
Posing Hazard to Public Areas: Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770
Private Property: Removal is the property owner’s responsibility.
Additional preparedness information can be found at:
Customize your weather forecast at www.weather.gov ( type city and state, or zip code, and check the box “remember me.”)
Please take precautions now to keep you and your family safe.
Posted by Fairfax Virginia Disability Attorney, Sheri R. Abrams, www.sheriabrams.com