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. Have multiple means to both receive and send timely information.
At a minimum; in an emergency, if you don't have to call, TEXT!
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. Stay connected with neighbors and agencies in the community at large.
The Beartooth is similar to the goTenna network, but includes voice.
The inReach stays connected using satellites. Able to pair with smartphone, or use in stand-alone mode. Send & Receive message with satellites.
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
Fairfax Government: https://tunein.com/radio/Fairfax-County-Government-Radio-s213726/
Fairfax Public Access: https://www.fcac.org/radio-fairfax
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.
The information and opinions expressed on this site are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy nor position of FEMA, Virginia, Fairfax County, nor any other government or agency.