Good to know emergency preparedness advice for Haymarket and Gainesville residents …
Emergency Preparedness Haymarket … Over the last several months we have seen some major weather events across the nation and beyond. The overwhelming destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria illustrates how vast the impact of a disaster can be.
September was National Preparedness Month, which is observed nationwide as a good reminder to consider making plans for protecting your families, pets, homes and communities in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.
We are fortunate to live in an area that is not prone to major hurricane damage or widespread flooding, however we have had our share of crazy micro bursts, spot flooding and heavy snow. Other threats, although less likely, may include fires, widespread power outages, chemical/hazmat and earthquakes. We realize after watching disasters, how vulnerable we can be without electricity or communications, even for short periods of time.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management outlines how to best prepare for natural disasters and emergencies and how to find resources for recovery action plans. The VDEM recommends that preparedness includes having an emergency plan in place and having an emergency supply kit assembled.
Emergency Supply Kit
Assemble a three day supply of water and non-perishable food (one gallon of water per person, per day), a battery or crank powered radio and a first aid kit. Other items may include flashlights, batteries, phone chargers, extra contact lenses or glasses, extra supply of prescriptions and special items for babies, elderly and disabled.
Make a Plan
Take steps to prepare your family for an emergency by establishing meeting places, designating emergency contacts and recording medical information. Don’t forget to plan for your pets too!
Make sure you have the most up-to-date information on winter storm watches, warnings and road conditions. Listen to local media for information and instructions. Call 511 or visit www.511Virginia.org for updates.
Download the following apps for your mobile device to have for emergencies:
• NOAA Weather Radar & Alerts
• VDOT 511 Virginia Traffic
• Emergency: Alerts American Red Cross
• First Aid by American Red Cross
See this article in the Fall 2017 print issue of Haymarket Homeowner
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