More options to stay connected

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

Maybe for day-to-day communications, but in an emergency, the cellular network can quickly become saturated due to a barrage of connections. 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.

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

FireChat Mesh Network

 FireChat is uses wireless mesh networking via Bluetooth or Wifi to connect without a cellular network.


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



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

Keep routing without a connection. Download maps around your area to use offline when data is unavailable


Use your phone like a walkie-talkie over an internet connection


Seconds are critical in an emergency. This tools sends vital info to 911 automatically and only when you dial.

Cell phone Extensions


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



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

Garmin© inReach®


The inReach stays connected using Satellites. Can pair with smartphone, or use in stand-alone mode.

Emergency Radios


Midland WR-120

Midland's WR-120 NOAA Weather & Emergency alert radio. 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. 



The ER310 E+Ready compact radio automatically tune to NOAA emergency alerts when you are listening to FM/AM (or nothing). Powered by AAA, solar, or hand crank, and can charge your phone or other items. Include flashlight, and emergency dog whistle (for S&R).  2600 mili-amp hours gives up to 32 hours of normal use (and sizable to charge a phone!)

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.

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 stressed to do their own research when considering tools and products for emergency preparation.