Options to stay connected

But aren't phone calls and texts good enough?

Maybe for day-to-day communications, phone calls and texts will suffice, but in an emergency, the cellular network quickly becomes saturated due to all-at-once connections, if not degraded or 'down' due to the emergency itself. It is important to discover and acquire alternate channels of communications with those you most need to contact in an emergency. Does Twitter and Facebook reach your loved ones? Is an email practical without normal electricity? Maybe you just need to GET information rather than send? While no one option is the best for any one circumstance, having an assortment of communication options, which are ready to activate at a moment's notice, can mean the difference between a critical connection, or being MIA. Texts and calls may work, and may be good enough, but its good to have alternatives in various forms. See our lists of suggested:

Priority Tools

Fairfax Alerts

Fairfax Alerts

If we can't reach you, we can't alert you! Stay aware of alerts & emergencies for Fairfax via text and/or email. Register and customize online. Watch this set-up video


 This Red Cross all-inclusive app lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, each of varying degrees (notice, watch, warnings, etc). Monitor multiple locations. Send "I'm safe" notifications. Maps function includes established Red Cross shelters available. Available in iTunes and Google Play store, or text: "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999. 

Smart Phone Tools


Slack can be configured to connect small or large groups. Slack accounts can be accessed from phone or computer.  


Access network of 5,600+ audio streams, including Fire, Police, EMS, Aircraft, Ham Radio, Rail, & NOAA Stations.

Maps.me Offline maps

Keep routing without a connection. Download maps to use offline.


Use your phone like a walkie-talkie over the internet.


Secure your critical information ahead of a 911 call, and automate when dialed.

Cell phone Extensions

Emergency Radios

Midland WR-120

NOAA Weather & Emergency alert radio. SAME programming sounds an alert only when specific counties are threatened.  90 dB siren, voice alert, and flashing LED warning systems