(March 6, 2013) – This blog-post will provide real-time updates on closures and cancellations throughout Inova due to the winter storm and tips on how to stay safe during the winter storm

Updated: 3/6/13, 4:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service cancelled the area’s Winter Storm Warning, but a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 9pm. For those that will be on the roads, be careful, because they may be slick/icy.

Facility Closures/Event Cancellations:

  • Inova Loudoun Hospital’s Birthing Inn’s baby care class this evening is cancelled
  • Inova Physical Therapy Center – Woodbridge will close at 3 p.m. and Springfield with close at 1 p.m.
  • Inova Physical Therapy Center – Fair Oaks, Centreville, Mt. Vernon, Tysons and Dulles are closed
  • Inova Urgent Care Centers – Dulles South, Centreville and Purcellville are closed
  • InovaCares for Seniors Center at 4027B Olley Lane in Fairfax is closed.  Participants in the program or family  members can call 703-239-5888
  • Inova Medical Group Primary Care offices will be closing at noon, Inova Medical Group – Lakeridge is closed all day
  • Inova Fair Oaks New Moms Support Group is cancelled
  • Inova HealthSource classes are cancelled (follows Fairfax County Public Schools weather cancellation policy)
  • Inova Kellar Center school program is closed (follows Fairfax County Public Schools weather cancellation policy)
  • Inova HealthSource Childbirth classes and Maternity Tours are cancelled on March 6
  • Healthcare Systems Federal Credit Union branches closed for March 6, except for limited hours on Inova Fairfax Medical Campus from 7:30a.m. – noon. Regular hours expected to resume on March 7

For employees:

  • Inova EpicCare training classes are cancelled at Falls Church, Inova Loudoun Hospital, Reston and Telestar for March 6

Important numbers and links:

Inova Blood Donor Services locations are open and they are in CRITICAL NEED of your blood donation. Someone lives when someone gives. DONATE TODAY!
Donor Center Hours:
CenterMed: Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Woodburn: Noon to 8:00 p.m.
Dulles: 10 a.m.to 6 p.m.

Please only call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency today. Do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages; call your utility company.

If you have a police/fire non-emergency needs, call 703-691-2131, TTY 711.

Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. residents can call 211 to find storm services or resources for themselves and neighbors. To find the services or resources they need, Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC residents can simply dial 211 from any phone to reach a specialist, or visit www.211metrodc.org for online assistance. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911. The 211 line will provide information for “vital services.”

For people on the roads today:

If you experience an outage/downed lines you can report them to:

  • To report downed power lines in Prince William County: 703-792-6500

To report downed trees:

  • Alexandria City: Contact the Alexandria Police Department’s non-emergency number at 703-7464444 to submit a report for tree removal
  • Arlington County: 703-228-6525
  • Fairfax County:
    • Adjacent to Public Roads: Contact Virginia Department of Transportation at 1-800-FOR-ROAD, TTY 711.
    • On County Parkland: Contact Fairfax County Park Authority at 703-324-8594, TTY 703-324-3988.
    • Posing Hazard to Public Areas: Contact Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770, TTY 703-324-1877.
    • Private Property: Removal is the property owner’s responsibility.

 

 

Tips on Being Prepared and Safe for a Winter Storm

Knowing how to prepare for a storm, and what to do during and after one, can help keep you and your family safe. Take the following steps before a winter storm moves into your area:

  • Remove tree branches that could fall on power lines, a house or other structure during a storm.
  • Prepare for possible interruption of heat and electricity. Have extra wood for your fireplace. To prevent the risk of fire, avoid using candles. Instead use battery-powered flashlights or lanterns.
  • Insulate water pipes with layers of insulation or newspaper wrapped with plastic tape.
  • Have rock salt to melt ice on walkways and snow shovels and other snow removal equipment ready for use.

Prepare your car for winter by checking the antifreeze level. Clean battery terminals; a car battery more than five years old should be replaced before winter, regardless of how it seems to be functioning. Make sure that windshield wipers are working and that there is enough washer fluid. Develop a family disaster plan in advance that includes:

  • Places where family members should go if at home, school, work, outdoors or in a car when a storm warning is issued.
  • A designated friend or relative outside your town who can serve as a contact in case family members are separated during the storm.
  • An agreed-upon place where family members should meet if separated.
  • A disaster supply kit in your home with nonperishable food, bottled water, extra clothing, medications, flashlights, and extra batteries.

Take these precautions during a storm:

  • Stay indoors. If you must go outside, wear several layers of warm clothing, gloves or mittens, and a hat.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite, such as a loss of feeling and a white appearance in your fingers, toes, nose, or ears.
  • Watch for signs of hypothermia, such as uncontrollable shivering, slow or slurred speech, memory lapses, stumbling, and exhaustion.
  • Use space heaters properly. Keep the heaters at least three feet away from furniture, drapes, and other flammable objects. Turn them off when you leave a room and never drape hats, gloves, socks, and other clothing over them to dry.
  • Don’t use kerosene heaters or a gas stove to heat your home.
  • Be especially careful if you must drive. Be sure your car is in good working order and that you have plenty of gas. Pack extra food, water, and a sleeping bag or blankets in the vehicle in case you get stranded.

Hazards can remain after a storm has passed:

  • Be careful walking on snowy, icy roads, and sidewalks.
  • Shovel snow slowly and take frequent breaks. Don’t shovel if you have a heart condition or back problems.
  • Be careful driving. Snow that has fallen during the night or early morning can melt as the temperature rises during the day, then freeze again if the temperature drops.
  • Watch for fallen power lines.

Remember that the best protection against bad winter weather is preparation for the worst possible storms or power outages.

 

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