FYI Alexandria - September 7, 2018

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Alexandria's Official Resident Newsletter • September 7, 2018

City Reduces Speed Limit on Portion of Route 1

As part of the Vision Zero traffic safety initiative, the City has reduced the speed limit on the Richmond Highway portion of U.S. Route 1 (between Slaters Lane and Four Mile Run) from 35 mph to 25 mph. National data show that lowering speed limits from 35 mph to 25 mph dramatically reduces the number and severity of crashes. Between 2015 and 2017, 25 people were hurt in 106 crashes on the portion of U.S. Route 1 where the change was implemented. After recent speed limit reductions on King Street, Seminary Road and Quaker Lane, the average annual number of crashes fell by 53%, 40% and 33%, respectively.

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City Receives $2.3M in Grant Funding for Fire Department

FEMA recently awarded the City more than $2.3 million in funding through its Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) and Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) programs. The $858,390 from AFG will fund paramedic training for firefighters, and support technical rescue training and train-the-trainer courses. The three-year, $1.5 million SAFER grant will allow the Alexandria Fire Department to hire nine additional full-time Firefighter-EMTs. These employees will be assigned to the department’s ladder trucks, which will provide four-person staffing on those apparatus.

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Be Ready: National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, and the City encourages everyone to learn how to prepare for emergencies by being ready, involved and informed. This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How. Be ready! Attend the City’s Emergency Preparedness Fair on Friday, September 14; build a kit and make a plan; be informed by signing up for emergency alerts and other information through the free Alexandria eNews service; and create a free, confidential safety profile through the Smart911 service, which lets residents, businesses and visitors provide information to 911 dispatchers in advance of emergencies.

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Getting to Zero: Eliminating HIV in Alexandria

Did you know Alexandria has the highest rate of HIV infection in Northern Virginia? With a $540,000 grant from Virginia Department of Health, the Alexandria Health Department (AHD) is working to combat rising HIV rates. AHD's "Getting to Zero" project aims to achieve zero infections, HIV deaths and stigma in Alexandria through universal HIV testing. Every person between the ages of 13-64 should be tested for HIV, at least once. To support this goal, AHD is offering free HIV and STI testing on Monday evenings and Saturday mornings.

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Opioid Overdose Awareness

The City of Alexandria recognized International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31, calling additional attention to drug overdoses — especially involving opioids — and reducing the stigma of drug-related deaths. Opioids are a class of highly addictive drugs used to reduce pain and include prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone and illegal opioids like heroin. Opioid-related overdoses are affecting more individuals and their family members, neighbors and friends than ever. City officials urge residents to learn how they can respond locally to prevent the tragedy of opioid-related overdose deaths.

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Be Ready! Prepping an Emergency “Go Bag”

When disaster strikes, you want to be ready to go at a moment’s notice. Having a “go bag” ready for emergencies is a simple solution. ‘It’s Scary Simple’, a FEMA campaign, promoted by the Alexandria Fire Department for National Preparedness Month, aims to educate citizens on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

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