stay connected with more options

But aren't phone calls, texts and emails good enough?

Maybe for day-to-day communications, but in an emergency, the cellular network can (and has) quickly become saturated due to a barrage of connections, caused by reacting to an emergency. Additionally, the entire local internet can become degraded or disabled due to the emergency itself. It is important to prepare and train with alternate communication tools. No one tool can work in all circumstances, so having an assortment of options is valuable, as you can never know what will or will not work in an emergency, whatever that may be.

At a minimum; in an emergency, if you don't have to call, TEXT!

Smart Phone 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

RedCross© Emergency!

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 This Red Cross app monitors 35+ different severe weather and emergency alerts. Send "I'm safe" notifications. Map function includes Red Cross shelters available. 

NextDoor

NextDoor.com

Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community.  Stay connected with neighbors and agencies in the community at large. 

NOAA weather / Emergency Broadcast Radios

WR-120

Midland WR-120

Midland's WR-120 NOAA Weather & Emergency alert radio for home. SAME programming sounds an alert only when specific counties are threatened, and for only the selected alerts you choose.  90 dB siren, voice alert, and flashing LED warning systems. 

ER310 E+READY®

ER310 E+READY®

The ER310 E+Ready compact radio automatically listens to NOAA emergency alerts in background while on silent or listening to FM/AM radio. Powered by AAA, solar, or hand crank, and can charge your phone with USB port. Includes flashlight, and emergency dog whistle. 2600 mAh allows 32 hours of use.

HH50B Pocket NOAA Alert Radio

Midland HH50B Pocket Weather & Emergency Alert Radio

HH50B is small and automatic (easy) radio for NOAA (Weahter + Emergency) alerts. Automatically scans for best channel when turned on, or when signal lost, so you don't have to. 3 AAA batteries.

Cell phone add-ons

goTenna©

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The goTenna connects your phone via bluetooth to this device which creates / joins a mesh network for texting and location sharing 

Beartooth©

Beartooth

The Beartooth is similar to the goTenna, but includes voice.

Garmin© inReach®

inReach

The inReach stays connected using satellites. Able to pair with smartphone, or use in stand-alone mode.

Other Sources of Fairfax Emergency info

AM & FM Broadcast Radio

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Phone

Call 571-350-2160 to listen to the online stream (station) via telephone

Other number respective to Fairfax: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/topics/contact/hotlines-and-emergency-numbers

Over-the-air TV

Fairfax Public Access channels 10 & 37

NOAA Emergency / Weather

Fairfax is best served from station #7 at 162.55Mhz

No endorsements implied

The items referenced above are for the purposes of public awareness of their functionality respective to an emergency, and not to be mistaken as an endorsement of a product or manufacturer. Individuals are advised to do their own research when considering tools and products for emergency preparation.