Video: Preparing for Emergencies in Arlington

by ARLnow.com June 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm 2,654 13 Comments

Arlington County has been working on various ways to help residents prepare for an emergency, to get information during an emergency, and to evacuate in the event of a major emergency.

In the video above, county officials discuss several initiatives, including the Arlington Prepares smartphone app, Arlington Alert emails and text messages, and permanent electronic message signs that will eventually be installed along Route 50 and other major local roads.

Also discussed: the county’s state-of-the-art traffic management center, which can adjust the timing of Arlington 282 traffic signals in the event of a weather emergency or an evacuation.

  • barry

    How about helping Fairlington and Shirlington residents prepare for the toxic toxic cloud the next time the fire department burns 30 vehicles in the Trades Center?

  • Best Foods Mayonnaise

    Mayo Best? Really? Was he holding a Best Foods Mayonnaise jar when he came up with his stage name? btw/ Best Foods is the same company as Hellmann’s – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hellmann%27s_and_Best_Foods.

  • Julie

    Can we have an alert system for when the toxic cloud from burning junk autos envelops Abingdon School as it did Tuesday morning? Can the fire department also let us know the next time it’s going to set off high explosives in the Trades Center?

    • Dr. Neil Clark Warren

      Julie, meet Barry.

      Barry, this is Julie.

  • Best Foods Mayonnaise

    … I guess he could have gone with Mayo Hell.

  • DarkHeart

    No escape plan is complete without Charley Steiner.


  • Clarendoom

    So the Arlington “state-of-the-art traffic management system gets everyone out quickly and safely right to the Fairfax Co boarder where exactly what happens?

    • Kate

      It’s amazing that they can not do their little timing magic thing to make rush hour run smoother.

  • Cletus Van Damme

    I love the comment on the “Arlington Prepares” YouTube video.

    • LOL prob an ARLnow peep

      • Cletus Van Damme

        Trev would have been involved if that was the case.

  • JM

    I live a hundred feet from Abingdon School. Toddlers were out on the playground when the toxic cloud from the trades center enveloped the school. Shut my windows (it was 70 degrees outdoors) but one of the smoke alarms still went off. How many times has this occurred before? At least a dozen, apparently.

  • Dotty

    I see dots. Lots of blue and white dots.


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