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 (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!

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!


 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 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

HH50B Pocket NOAA Alert Radio

Midland HH50B Pocket Weather & Emergency Alert Radio

HH50B is small pocket / purse radio for NOAA 'Warning' alerts. Automatically scans for best channel when turned on, and re-scans when signal lost, so you don't have to. 3 AAA batteries.


Midland WR-120

Midland's WR-120 NOAA 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. 

ER210 / ER310 E+READY®


The ER310  and the compact ER210  E+READY®  radios both automatically listen 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.

ADVANCED sMARt Phone add-ons



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 network, but includes voice.

Garmin© inReach®


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

Other Sources of Fairfax Emergency info

AM & FM Broadcast Radio




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

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.