Week 4: Disaster Preparedness
Hurricane season is almost here (June 1- November 30th), and the Prince William County Department of Development Services wants to share some tips to prepare.
• Develop a home action plan and share it with everyone in your family, so you will know where to go if an evacuation is called. Identify at least two exit routes from your home or neighborhood to a designated meeting place for your family. Plan for your pets as many shelters will not accept them.
• Create a disaster supply kit that will allow you to remain in your home after a disaster or for use after evacuating to a safer location. Be sure the necessities in your kit are fresh and restored as necessary.
• Stay tuned to radio, TV, and NOAA Weather Radio for official updates and critical life-saving weather information. Remember, reception is usually best if placed near a window.
• Flooded roads could have significant dangers hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast-flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move an SUV-sized vehicle.
• Secure lawn furniture and any other loose outdoor items that can become windborne and can cause injury or damage during storms with high winds. Don't forget trash cans, grills, toys, and potted plants.
• Use Surge Protective Devices (SPD) in your home to protect electronic appliances from all but the most severe electrical surges or direct strikes.
• Remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc.) and coarse fuels (dead twigs, branches, etc.) within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks, and walkways.
You can find more information on disaster preparedness at https://www.fema.gov/