Alerts sent to cell phones through the Fairfax CEAN system need to include all important information or a phone number to call for more info, NOT just a message to "see email for details". We were without power for 12 hours and do not have email access on my cell phone, so these alerts were completely useless.
One of the big problems of the past two storms was where to put all of the snow? As mentioned by other posters here, VDOT plowed snow into turn lanes or at intersections into piles so high that it made it impossible to see without having to move your car into the road to see if anyone was coming. How about investing in a melter or getting a short-term contract with one in the event another big storm hits? Baltimore County ...more »
Encourage (force?) drivers to park on only one side of the street during snowfalls if they have to park on the street (driveway parking is still preferable). It would help the snow plow operators miss the cars, would give them one side to pile snow, and should speed up the plowing.
Please discuss and inform residents how Fairfax county is going to pay for and the plan to complete repairs from the aftermath of these storms. For example all the damaged streets, curbs, downed trees and branches, signs, lightposts, etc.
The local governemtns should have a discussion with neighboring state's departments of transportation, such as PENNDOT, PA's DOT, in how they effectively and continuously remove snow from their roads.
Get plows that can be put on the current trash/recycle trucks. The trucks are strong/heavy/manuverable enough to handle plowing. Saves on parking & storage, plus would be cheaper than buying trucks. And the drivers already know the neighborhood streets. Get them trained, and they can clear the neighborhoods. I've seen it done in other states. It's a feasable way of increasing our "plowing power", and we could use as ...more »
I greatly appreciate the role FFX Cty Supervisors offices played in relaying reports to VDOT. But, by the natural process -- supervisor reports probably got higher priority than "citizen" reports...without any validation except the calls/emails went to supervisors instead of directly to VDOT. Also, this with the Supervisors offices closed for the Presidents' day Weekend, this method of reporting was stopped dead in its ...more »
If we had lost large areas of electricity, we would have serious problem.
If the County decides to open shelters-in any weather- those shelters need to be advertised preferably before the storm. We have many elderly, handicapped, people dependent on electricity for health.
The quiet people in all this is the office of emergency management? Can you help the public know their role?
Review the roads that should be plowed and make sure that the roads actually get cleared. Not just the school bus routes.
We waited about a week to see any VDOT equipment at all. When they finally arrived, they did a *very* thorough job. But I would have sacrificed this thoroughness if they had been able to come sooner and just make sure the road was at least passable, rather than plowed two cars wide down to pavement.
The roads into, out of, and surrounding the West Falls Church metro stop need to have stop signs so pedestrians can cross the street. I cannot emphasize how dangerous the roads are there for people who are trying to walk from the parking lots to the metro. Every day, people who have just parked their cars risk their safety trying to walk from the parking lots to the metro.