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Fairfax County Public Schools Will Be Closed Today; Offices Remain Open

Fairfax County Public Schools Will Be Closed Today; Offices Remain Open

From FCPS Outreach:

All Fairfax County public schools will be closed today, January 18, 2011. Offices are open with an unscheduled leave policy in effect. 
 
The following activities in schools and on school grounds are canceled:
·   extracurricular activities
·   interscholastic contests
·   team practices
·   field trips
·   middle school after-school programs 
·   professional learning and training courses
·   all adult and community education classes
·   recreation programs and community use 

School Age Child Care (SACC) centers are closed.  

Emergency personnel are to report to work.

Be Prepared: Recommendations for Your Emergency Supply Kit

Be Prepared: Recommendations for Your Emergency Supply Kit

From Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs:

Fairfax County urges you to assemble an emergency kit and include these basic items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps

Beyond your basic emergency kit, here are some other items to consider:

Virginia Department of Transportation Gives Winter Driving Tips

Virginia Department of Transportation Gives Winter Driving Tips

From VDOT:

Motorists are encouraged to check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before traveling by visiting www.511virginia.org or by calling 511.

Fairfax Animal Shelter Responds to Crisis Situation with Expedience

Fairfax Animal Shelter Responds to Crisis Situation with Expedience

When Fairfax County Animal Shelter heard about the necessary seizure of cats from an Annandale home, they thought it would be somewhere around 30-40 cats. When they found out it was well over 100, it became a crisis situation. However, the shelter was prepared with enough crates, food, and volunteers to handle the emergency of this magnitude.

Karen Diviney, the Shelter Director, believes that the individual who was hoarding all of the cats definitely had good intentions, but it got out of control. With that many cats in close proximity, it causes many contagious illness for the animals. The Fairfax County Animal Shelter is currently double the capacity it would be at any peak time of the year. "Our goal was not to overreact to the overwhelmingness of the situation, but rather act with expedience. The community expects that," said Diviney.

Update on Annandale Cats

Update on Annandale Cats

From Fairfax County Police Department:

A recent report erroneously stated that more than 100 cats at the Fairfax County Animal Shelter that were seized from a home in November will be euthanized if foster homes are not immediately found for them. The report is false.

          The shelter currently has more than 100 cats from the Annandale case in its care. The sick and/or young cats have been sent to shelter-approved foster homes and are receiving medical treatment from the shelter’s contract veterinarian.

          Most of the seized cats had upper respiratory infections and parasites. Others had slightly more serious medical issues which are being treated.

New Years Resolution: Save one life

New Years Resolution: Save one life

From 4Paws Rescue Team, Inc.:

Merrifield, VA The 4Paws Rescue Team is sending a very urgent plea for foster homes.  As you may have heard, officials removed 160 cats from an Annandale house. Fairfax County Animal Shelter took in these cats and now the shelter is filled beyond capacity. Cats WILL DIE unless they are moved into rescue groups.  4Paws will sponsor as many cats out of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter as possible.

FCPS and Fairfax Chamber to Launch New Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools

From Fairfax County Public Schools:

The new Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools will be launched at a news conference on Tuesday, January 4, at 8 a.m. at the Gatehouse Administration Center.

            A partnership of the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the foundation will be a flexible vehicle for the community to invest in its future through education.  The foundation will be able to support initiatives that help students acquire 21st century skills, advance the diverse needs of the community, and contribute to the creation of a world-class workforce.