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The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November. Peak season for tropical storms is usually mid-August through late September. For full information about how to prepare for hurricanes or other threats, visit ReadyVirginia.gov, your comprehensive resource for emergency preparedness in Virginia. Also check out VDOT's Interactive Hurricane Evacuation Guide.
(the above list is provided by USA Today)
Prepare yourself and your family with enough supplies to last at least three days.
• Food that won’t spoil, such as canned goods and packaged foods
• Water, one gallon per person per day
• A working battery-operated radio and extra batteries
• A written family emergency plan
• Flashlights and extra batteries
• First-aid kit and extra contact lenses or glasses
• A written list of your prescriptions, allergies and prescribing doctor(s) and at least a week’s supply of medications
• Sanitation supplies: toilet paper, soap, plastic garbage bags and personal hygiene items
• Change of clothing, sturdy shoes
• Blanket or sleeping bag, pillows, sheets
• Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
• Whistle to signal for help
• Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter where you are
• Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
• Local maps
• Copies of important family documents, such as insurance policies, identification and bank account records, in a waterproof, portable container
• Cash in small denominations, traveler’s checks and change
• Matches in a waterproof container
• Paper cups, plates and plastic knives, forks and spoons, paper towels
• Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
• Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
Supplies for your pets:
• Medications, immunization records and a first-aid kit
• Sturdy leashes, muzzles, harnesses
• Carriers or cages to transport pets safely.
• Current photos of your pets in case they get lost
• Food, drinking water, bowls, cat litter/pan and can opener
Evacuation orders keep residents safe from storm surge. They are intended to protect those living or working in low-lying areas from the affects of storm surge or flooding. If local officials call for an evacuation, it may be for specific areas only. Find out if you live in an area that could flood because of storm surge by reviewing the VDEM maps.
Before, during and after a disaster, it is vital that you listen to your local news for the most up-to-date information from emergency officials. Local news stations will broadcast critical instructions from local, state and federal government officials, such as:
• Evacuation orders for specific areas
• Details on evacuation routes
• Locations of evacuation shelters
• How to stay safe if not ordered to evacuate
• Where to find assistance
• Weather watches and warnings
Because it is sometimes safer to stay at home, it is important that you listen for local instructions. Whether you are ordered to evacuate or not, you should always prepare your home or business for high winds, debris and flooding, ahead of the storm.