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Snow Summit
March 1, 2016
Winter Storm Jonas (Public Safety Perspective)
Winter Storm Jonas
Winter Storm Jonas
 Preplanning worked well
 Multi-agency conference calls on January 20 and 21
 Included relevant agen...
Winter Storm Jonas
 Safety as key focus area
 For community and County staff
 ex., “white out conditions” overnight Fri...
Winter Storm Jonas
 Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
 Good cross-agency, cross-discipline collaboration and engagement ...
Challenges
 High snowfall total
 Road conditions
 Disappearing lanes, snow windrows, high piles of plowed snow blocking...
Questions
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Snow Summit - March 1, 2016: Winter Storm Jonas (Public Safety Perspective)

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Snow Summit - March 1, 2016: Winter Storm Jonas (Public Safety Perspective)

  1. 1. Snow Summit March 1, 2016 Winter Storm Jonas (Public Safety Perspective)
  2. 2. Winter Storm Jonas
  3. 3. Winter Storm Jonas  Preplanning worked well  Multi-agency conference calls on January 20 and 21  Included relevant agencies, all Dep. Co. Execs, and Chief Financial Officer  Wide-ranging discussion from resources and response strategies to cost tracking  Common situational awareness, informed decision-making for response strategies, closures/delays, etc.  Decision to close County government/courts at noon on Friday, January 22  Fluid decision-making, original decision was to close at 1:30 pm, changed to noon  Safety of community and County staff important  Setting example for others  County government/courts closure decisions for Monday & Tuesday, January 25/26  Not taken lightly  Safety overall is focus  Helps public safety agencies, VDOT, etc.
  4. 4. Winter Storm Jonas  Safety as key focus area  For community and County staff  ex., “white out conditions” overnight Friday into Saturday  Agency safety officers and EOC Safety Officer  Internal and external public messaging focused on safety (OPA, PIOs)  Public messaging /outreach  Effective model for future events  Advance planning/discussion on common messaging  ex., “Stay off the roads”, “Help clear fire hydrants”, “Shovel safely”, “Neighborhoods! Mobilize for Sidewalk Snow Removal”  Message sequencing and avoiding message “clutter”  Extensive/effective use of social media  Team approach  Media briefing, January 21, at PSTOC  Chairman, County Exec., Chiefs Roessler and Bowers, Roy Shrout, James Patteson, and Tom Biesiadnay  Media briefing with Governor McAuliffe, January 24
  5. 5. Winter Storm Jonas  Emergency Operations Center (EOC)  Good cross-agency, cross-discipline collaboration and engagement throughout event  Effective communication/coordination with the Snow Removal Operations Center (MSMD), FMD, and other agency liaisons  Effective/improved use of technology – EDGR, WebEOC, GIS mapping  Operational updates were effective  NWS, FCPS, and VDOT joined key calls  Calls for service  Moderate, majority were EMS  Vehicle crashes were low  including reportable and non-reportable (accident policy)  number of vehicles stuck, abandoned, etc.  Power outages were low  Original forecast concern was heavy, wet snow and high winds  Outages would be a significant complicating factor
  6. 6. Challenges  High snowfall total  Road conditions  Disappearing lanes, snow windrows, high piles of plowed snow blocking motorist visibility, blocked ingress/egress  Capacity for clearing County facilities (Priority 1)  And other facilities such as the hypothermia shelters  Emergency/public safety vehicle access to neighborhoods  Types of assigned vehicles for public safety  Virginia National Guard allocation/assignments  Sidewalks & corners  Volunteers  Good coordination overall with Volunteer Fairfax in the EOC  Good volunteer base for extra vehicles/drivers  Fewer for increased requests for helping some residents (ie, elderly, disabled) with sidewalks, driveways – future follow-up and planning focus
  7. 7. Questions

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