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Refuge from Bitter Cold

Fairfax County Warming Centers Welcome You to Beat the Cold

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory beginning at 6 p.m. this evening and lasting until 6 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday) night. During extremely cold days, the best thing you can do to stay warm is to stay indoors.

If you don’t have electricity or heat, however, you can take in a movie, stroll through a shopping center or visit one of the Fairfax County Warming Centers:
• Libraries (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/)
• Community Centers (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ncs/facloc_cc.htm)
• Fairfax County Government Center (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/maps/county/government-center.htm)

You are encouraged to check the operating hours to ensure the facility is open before arriving.

Residents who know individuals needing special attention are encouraged to take a few minutes to check in on them to ensure their well-being. If residents need immediate, lifesaving help, call 9-1-1. For other safety help, call the public safety non-emergency phone number at 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

Residents who need immediate help with utility bills or other urgent human services assistance can call the county’s Coordinated Services Planning staff at 703-222-0880, TTY 711.

County staff can connect residents with a network of services provided by public, private and community-based organizations, as well as appropriate county government resources.

Here is more information from our emergency blog for staying safe as the temperatures plummet, including for people, pets and property.
http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/deep-freeze-preparation-for-people-pets-and-property/

You can also visit our winter storm preparedness page (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/hazards/winter-storm-snow-cold.htm) for additional cold weather tips, including what to do if you must drive, as well as the “Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide” (http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/guide.asp) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The complete forecast can be found online at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/weather-forecast.htm.

During an emergency, follow the Fairfax County Emergency Information Blog at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog for situational awareness.

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