Friday, June 29 Approximately 10 p.m., a severe thunderstorm (derecho) hit Fairfax County. Within 30 minutes the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated at a monitoring level.
Saturday, June 30 At 4 a.m. the EOC was deactivated; all public safety and VDOT needs had been met and Dominion Virginia Power was reporting approximately 20,000 meters out of service. The EOC was re-activated at 9:30 a.m.
EOC Operational Hours The EOC was staffed 24/7 Saturday, June 30, through 8 p.m. Monday, July 2. – 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 3. – 11 a.m. to midnight, Wednesday, July 4 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, July 5 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, July 6. – OEM duty officer monitored the event during the overnight hours maintaining situational awareness.
Derecho Storm Response Power Outages in Fairfax County Dominion Va. Power - 394,361 meters. NOVEC - 26,306 meters. Saturday, June 30, 2 p.m.: – 229,000 Dominion Virginia Power meters without power. – 3,263 NOVEC meters without power.
Saturday, June 30 No 9-1-1 phone service, limited communication ability. 120+ traffic intersections without power. Over 40 percent of fire stations were operating on emergency generator power and 50% had no land-line phone service.
Saturday, June 30 The County has 63 wastewater pumping stations; 40 lost commercial power. All 63 wastewater pumping stations lost SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system communications during this storm.
Saturday, June 30 100+ homes reported damaged by fallen tress; 15 homes being reviewed by Building Inspector. 50+ FCPS sites were without power.
Saturday, June 30 Falls Church Water Utility issued a boil water advisory advising water customers in portions of Tysons Corner, Vienna, Dunn Loring and Merrifield to use boiled tap water or bottled water for drinking and cooking purposes as a safety precaution. No issues for Fairfax Water customers.
Saturday, June 30 County voice and data was compromised due to power outages. Internal County radio system remained functional. F&R windshield surveys.
Saturday, June 30 Phone calls were initiated to everyone registered on the County’s special medical needs registry to see if any access or functional needs were identified; calls were continued daily through Tuesday, July 3. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/specialneeds/
Saturday, June 30 All County facilities with power serve as cooling opportunities. Due to power outages, messaging was done about available facilities that had power and were open.
Saturday, June 30 Local and State emergency declarations. Governor Robert (Bob) F. McDonnell and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova attended an operational briefing in the EOC.
Saturday, June 30 Governor Robert (Bob) F. McDonnell and Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova conducted a joint press conference held at MPSTOC.
Sunday, July 1 EOC operational 24/7. 130 intersections affected. Boil water advisory in affect. Several police stations without commercial power.
Sunday, July 1 No 9-1-1 phone service, limited communication ability. Cooling opportunities continued. Extended hours at I-66 Transfer Station and I-495 Landfill complex.
Sunday, July 1 Regional CAO conference call to determine regional infrastructure damage, operating status, etc. Assessment of County facilities is ongoing; operational status for Monday determined.
Sunday, July 1 Notifications made to County staff (EAN, employee hotline, etc.) Accommodations made for several agencies and personnel due to power outages.
Tuesday, July 3 EOC operational, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 9-1-1 phone service restored; fully functional. Cooling opportunities continue. Continue to assess County infrastructure and operations. County open with unscheduled leave; emergency service personnel reported as scheduled.
Tuesday, July 3 Multiple conference calls with human service agencies, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs), faith-based groups, etc. to ensure that human service needs were being met. Regional conference calls with emergency managers and CAOs continued (daily events).
Tuesday, July 3 Lewinsville Presbyterian Church, McLean, opened to provide a cool spot for residents. The church discontinued its heat relief operations at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. Other non-county sponsored locations were opened as well as cooling opportunities in several Board Districts.
Wednesday, July 4 EOC operational, 11 a.m. to midnight; Hours adjusted to ensure monitoring and coordination due to possible weather and fireworks events. Extended hours continue at I-66 Transfer Station and I-495 Landfill complex. Flat fee for debris drop-off.
Wednesday, July 4 Extended hours at RECenters. Fee waived for use of shower facilities at RECenters. Fire & Rescue continue “walkabouts” in the hardest hit areas of the County.
Wednesday, July 4 Cooling opportunities continued. Special information and referral line was operational, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Continue to assess County infrastructure and operations.
Thursday, July 5 EOC operational, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Continued restoration of power to County facilities, schools and prioritization of restoration of services in conjunction with Dominion Virginia Power.
Thursday, July 5 Cooling opportunities continue. Continued decrease in roadways/ intersections affected by power/debris. Continue to assess County infrastructure and operations.
Friday, July 6 EOC operational, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 483 meters without power (As of 5 p.m.) FCPS – power restored at all sites Continue to assess County infrastructure; all County facilities have power.
Derecho Storm Response For the event (June 29-July 6), there were four reported deaths* in Fairfax County. The Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has reported there have been 10 heat-related fatalities statewide since June 20.* Two fatalities from the storm; the additional two were patients transported to Fairfax hospitals from outside our jurisdiction.
Derecho Storm Response Next Steps – The Office of Emergency Management will conduct a complete after-incident report, bringing in County agencies, partner agencies and external partners. – The Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Information Technology have been working and beta testing an online damage disaster database, a reporting tool for residents to report damages. Given the June 29 storm, OEM and DIT staff fast-tracked the project. The database is live and will be promoted this week for residents to report derecho damage. – Investigate opportunities for improved communications.