Dear Friends and Neighbors,
After buying a new snow shovel in December, I thought for sure that would insure us against a major snow storm. Alas, it appears that snow is on its way! In response, VDOT has deployed about 4,500 trucks across Northern Virginia. Please stay off the roads if possible so that they can do their work. Also, check out VDOT's snow emergency information page, with links to the Snow Plow Tracker and National Weather Service. See below for other useful contact information
Emergency numbers and reporting a power outage.
- Emergency. If you are having an emergency, please call 911.
- Non-Emergency police contact. The Fairfax County non-emergency number is 703-691-2131. The City of Fairfax non-emergency number is 703-385-7924.
- Power interruption - Dominion. Call Dominion at 1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to report the outage. You may also visit www.dom.com/outage-center.
- Power interruption - NOVEC. Call NOVEC at 1-888-335-0500 or 703-335-0500. You may also visit www.novec.com.
- Downed trees. If the tree is on a public road, contact VDOT at 1-800-FOR-ROAD.
- City of Fairfax. If you live in the City, call (703) 385-2629 for information about snow removal from public roads.
- Fairfax County/VDOT. If you live in the County, most public roads are the responsibility of VDOT. The following information has been provided by VDOT:
- Check current weather, road conditions and, traffic before traveling here or by calling 511.
- Click here for more information on Northern Virginia's snow removal program.
- Report road problems to 1-800-FOR-ROAD.
What to do after the storm?
- Check on your neighbors. The snow is anticipated to be wet and heavy, so please pitch in to help older adults and those with heart conditions.
- Fallen wires. Treat all fallen wires and anything touching them as though they are energized and stay away from them.
- Generators. Follow safe operating procedures for generators. Never operate a generator inside your home or in any enclosed space (such as a garage).
- Chainsaws. Trees that fall on private property are the owner's responsibility. Be aware of the risk of chain saw injury during tree removal.
- Dealing with insurance. The Virginia Bureau of Insurance offers free guidance on insurance claims after a disaster. Guidance is available at www.scc.virginia.gov/boi/. Trained staff can be reached at 1-800-552-7945.