Staying Connected
Before…
During…
And After…
Emergency Events
 According to the Fairfax County
Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), the
Office of Public Affairs is in charge of
coordinati...
PIO - Part of Command Staff
Joint Information Systems
Field PIO’sJIC Staff
JIC Coordinator
Public Information
Officer
PIO Structure
 A JIC supports the Emergency Operations Center
(EOC) and field PIO(s) at the incident scene.
 The JIC is the physical l...
 The JIC coordinates the release of
information to the public, media, employees
and other stakeholders about the county’s...
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JIC personnel write
news releases,
talking points, FAQs,
update website/blog
and social media
content, support field
PIO...
• Before an Emergency
• Sign up for emergency blog by email or RSS.
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog
• County website ...
• Before an Emergency
• Follow our social media (Twitter, Facebook,
YouTube, Flickr, etc.) channels.
• Stay in tune with w...
• Digital Preparedness
• Save important phone numbers to your phone.
• Learn how to send updates via text and internet fro...
• During an Emergency
• Emergency Information Blog
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog
• County website (www.fairfaxcount...
• After an Emergency
• Emergency Information Blog
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog
• NewsWire
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ne...
• Tools
• Emergency Information Blog
(www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog)
• County website
www.fairfaxcounty.gov, the em...
• Tools
• Twitter (www.Twitter.com/fairfaxcounty)
• Facebook (www.Facebook.com/fairfaxcounty)
• YouTube (www.YouTube.com/f...
• Tools
• Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN)
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean
• Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)
www.fairfa...
• Additional Resources
• Office of Emergency
Management “Emergency
Preparedness” newsletter
(monthly)
• “Health and Safety...
• Additional Resources
• Emergency Road Conditions and Maps
VDOT Snow Plowing and VDOT Road Conditions |
County Road Hazar...
• Additional Resources
• Ready (www.ready.gov)
• Ready Virginia (www.readyvirginia.gov)
• Ready NoVa – online family and b...
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Disaster 101: Dave McKernan and Jim Person

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Participants will learn how the government, non-profit organizations, businesses, community and faith communities prepare, respond and recover for Fairfax County community disasters. This workshop will explain how the public can stay connected to disaster response communications during emergency events.

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  • So where will the JIC be established?According to NIMS, the National Incident Management System document, “Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers,” the JIC – or Joint Information Center – should be located close to the best sources of information – the EOC.For Fairfax County, our JIC will be located here in the McConnell PSTOC in Conference Room 2107, the conference room on your left that you can see behind the set of glass windows closest to the front of the room.
  • Disaster 101: Dave McKernan and Jim Person

    1. 1. Staying Connected Before… During… And After… Emergency Events
    2. 2.  According to the Fairfax County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), the Office of Public Affairs is in charge of coordinating communications whenever there are more than two county agencies involved. How We Operate
    3. 3. PIO - Part of Command Staff Joint Information Systems
    4. 4. Field PIO’sJIC Staff JIC Coordinator Public Information Officer PIO Structure
    5. 5.  A JIC supports the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and field PIO(s) at the incident scene.  The JIC is the physical location within the EOC from which external affairs professionals from organizations involved in the response and recovery work together to provide critical emergency information, media response and public affairs functions.  Fairfax County’s JIC is established at, or virtually connected to, the EOC through Emergency Support Function (ESF) 15 (Office of Public Affairs). Joint Information Center (JIC)
    6. 6.  The JIC coordinates the release of information to the public, media, employees and other stakeholders about the county’s disaster response and recovery efforts.  A JIC is the central point for coordination of incident information, public affairs activities and media access regarding the incident.  The JIC coordinates and supervises all staff assigned as assistant information officers and their activities. Joint Information Center (JIC)
    7. 7. 7 JIC personnel write news releases, talking points, FAQs, update website/blog and social media content, support field PIO(s), handle media relations and more from the Joint Information Center. Joint Information Center (JIC)
    8. 8. • Before an Emergency • Sign up for emergency blog by email or RSS. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog • County website (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency) • Sign up for emergency alerts (email and text). www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean • “Emergency Preparedness” newsletter www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/outreach/newsletter.htm Staying Informed
    9. 9. • Before an Emergency • Follow our social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, etc.) channels. • Stay in tune with weather forecasts via NOAA Weather Radio • Tune in to Fairfax County Government Radio (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/radio) • Digital preparedness www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/prepare/digital-preparedness-kit.htm Staying Informed
    10. 10. • Digital Preparedness • Save important phone numbers to your phone. • Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone to your contacts and social channels in case voice communications are not available. Avoid calling. • Keep charged batteries and car phone chargers available as back-up power for your cellphone. • Conserve your cellphone battery by reducing the brightness of your screen, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using that draw power. Staying Informed
    11. 11. • During an Emergency • Emergency Information Blog www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog • County website (www.fairfaxcounty.gov & www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency) • Fairfax County Government Radio www.fairfaxcounty.gov/radio • Follow our social media channels. Staying Informed
    12. 12. • After an Emergency • Emergency Information Blog www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog • NewsWire www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news • Social media channels • 30 preparedness tips http://fairfaxcountyemergency.wordpress.com/prepare-30-ways-in-30-days Staying Informed
    13. 13. • Tools • Emergency Information Blog (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog) • County website www.fairfaxcounty.gov, the emergency Web page www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency and the mobile (m.fairfaxcounty.gov) site • Current weather forecast (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/weather-forecast.htm) Tools for Staying Informed
    14. 14. • Tools • Twitter (www.Twitter.com/fairfaxcounty) • Facebook (www.Facebook.com/fairfaxcounty) • YouTube (www.YouTube.com/fairfaxcountygov) Preparedness Playlist: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL93DBD2AE7EED3BC1 • Emergency phone numbers www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/emergency-phone-numbers.htm Tools for Staying Informed
    15. 15. • Tools • Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/wireless-emergency-alerts.htm • Fairfax County Government Radio www.fairfaxcounty.gov/radio • Emergency Information Hotline (703-817-7771) • County app (www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/mobile) Staying Informed
    16. 16. • Additional Resources • Office of Emergency Management “Emergency Preparedness” newsletter (monthly) • “Health and Safety” podcast www.fairfaxcounty.gov/podcasts Staying Informed www.fairfaxcounty.gov/oem/outreach/newsletter.htm
    17. 17. • Additional Resources • Emergency Road Conditions and Maps VDOT Snow Plowing and VDOT Road Conditions | County Road Hazards & Closures | Emergency Routes | County Roads that Typically Flood www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/roads • Capital Region Updates www.capitalregionupdates.gov Staying Informed
    18. 18. • Additional Resources • Ready (www.ready.gov) • Ready Virginia (www.readyvirginia.gov) • Ready NoVa – online family and business emergency planners (http://readynova.org) • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) www.fema.gov Staying Informed

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