For Immediate Release: May 20, 2008
For Further Information, Contact: Captain Luis Santano, 703.838.4339
Preparing for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season starts June 1 and is predicted to be more active than usual. Taking steps before disaster strikes saves lives and reduces property loss, particularly for inland residents who can become victims of flash flooding and high winds.
“Tropical storms, depressions and hurricanes can be just as devastating to Virginians who live inland,” said Michael Cline, state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. “Families should get ready now by gathering emergency supplies, making a plan for loved ones, and listening to local sources for up-to-date information.”
To focus attention on the critical nature of preparing in advance, Gov. Tim Kaine has proclaimed May 25-31 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week. During the week, Virginia citizens can buy many emergency supplies that will be exempt from state sales tax. City residents should plan to protect and care for themselves, their families and their pets in the event of a hurricane, tropical storm or depression, by getting an emergency kit ready. A rule of thumb for disaster preparation is to have supplies on hand to last at least three days, in case businesses are closed, roads are blocked and power is out. Getting a family emergency kit ready means gathering essential items such as flashlights and a battery-powered radio along with extra batteries, non-perishable canned and packaged food, a manual can opener, water, a first aid kit and medications. Other items include a whistle to signal for help, dust masks to filter air, moist towelettes, items for pets, bleach, paper cups and plates and plastic utensils, copies of important family documents in a waterproof container, and cash in small denominations or traveler’s checks.
Your safety and the safety of your loved ones depend being prepared in the event of an emergency. More information can be found on the City's Emergency Preparedness page.