Be Ice Smart – Know when the Ice is Safe
With the cold weather upon us, folks, espcially children, will begin to venture out onto ice covered ponds. Be aware that it takes more then a cold snap to form ice safe enough to walk on. It takes over 3 inches of ice thickness before it is safe for an individual to walk on the ice; over 4 inches for a group. As the cold weather approaches, learn how to be safe on the Ice. To read more, go to
10 Tips – Know when the Ice is Safe
Holiday Fire Safety tips-A recent study showed that within three seconds of ignition, a dry scotch pine is completely ablaze
It is easy to think that a home fire would never happen to your family, but there are more potential risks around your home than you may think – especially during the winter months. Fires grow so quickly that it can take just seconds for a spark to fill a room with toxic smoke. To read more, go to
Holiday Safety Tips
Rural Homeowners Insurance Policies experience significant increase in premiums
Rural Homeowners should expect to see a significant increase (125-300%) in their homeowners insurance policy due to changes in ISO Insurance Ratings for Water Supply. The criteria used to compute the ISO Insurance Rating has changed to no longer include criteria such as proximity to dry hydrants, cisterns, and accessible ponds. In its place is the proximity to a “wet” fire hydrant which for many in Philomont is Purcellville, VA
In simple terms, the ISO Rating is based on 3 criteria – (1) Fire Alarms – 10% is based on how well the fire department receives fire alarms and dispatches its fire-fighting resources. (2) Engine Companies – 50% is based on the number of engine companies and the amount of water a community needs to fight a fire, (3) Water Supply – 40% is based on the community’s water supply.
To learn more about the ISO Rating, go to go to Fire Suppression Rating Schedule
How to Conduct a Home Fire Drill
Conducting a home fire drill every so often is essential preparation for you and your family in the event of a real fire. Being prepared in the event of a House Fire can mean the difference between life and death, and should it happen, there is precious little time to waste. For tips and guidelines on how to prepare for and conduct a home fire drill. Go to How to Conduct a Home Fire Drill for more detailed information.
Are You Prepared for an Emergency
With winter weather approaching, experts say every person and every family should be prepared. Emergency officials said everyone should have three things: an emergency kit, a communications plan, information. Experts state that some of the basics that belong in the kits include: water, food, first aid supplies, bedding, clothes, tools, battery-powered radio or TV. See
FEMA – A Guide to Citizen Preparedness
VA Dept of Emergency Management – Preparing for Disasters
Virginia Law – Drivers to yield right-of-way or reduce speed when approaching stationary emergency vehicles on highways
Virginia State Code § 46.2-921.1 states drivers are to yield right-of-way or reduce speed when approaching stationary emergency vehicles on highways. The driver of any motor vehicle, upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle, as defined in § 46.2-920, that is displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating emergency light or lights as provided in §§ 46.2-1022, 46.2-1023, and 46.2-1024, shall (i) on a highway having at least four lanes, at least two of which are intended for traffic proceeding as the approaching vehicle, proceed with caution and, if reasonable, with due regard for safety and traffic conditions, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to the stationary emergency vehicle or (ii) if changing lanes would be unreasonable or unsafe, proceed with due caution and maintain a safe speed for highway conditions.
Violation of any provision of this section shall constitute a Class 1 misdemeanor. If the violation resulted in damage to property of another person, the court may, in addition, order the suspension of the driver’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle for not more than one year. If the violation resulted in injury to another person, the court may, in addition to any other penalty imposed, order the suspension of the driver’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle for not more than two years. If the violation resulted in the death of another person, the court may, in addition to any other penalty imposed, order the suspension of the driver’s privilege to operate a motor vehicle for two years.
Go to VA Slow Down Move Over Law for more information.
Alert Loudoun – a tool to keep citizens informed
Loudoun County, VA uses the Roam Secure Alert Network to immediately contact you during a major crisis or emergency and also to keep you informed about other news and events in Loudoun County. Alert Loudoun can deliver important emergency alerts, notifications and updates to you via:
NOAA’s National Weather Service Turn Around – Don’t Drown Program (TM)
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. Why? The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. Whether you are driving or walking, if you come to a flooded road, you will not know the depth of the water nor will you know the condition of the road under the water.
See the following NOAA NWS web sites for more information
Turn Around Don’t Drown (TM)