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Hurricane Season: What You Should Do Now
Posted Date: 7/9/2013
Much of Virginia has seen flooding already this year, and hurricane season is just beginning. What should you do now to protect your family and property?

Talk to an insurance agent about flood insurance. Just one inch of water in a home or office can mean $8,000 in cleanup and repairs, and most homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover flooding. Remember:
  • There is usually a 30-day waiting period before coverage begins.
  • Renters also can buy flood insurance, to cover personal belongings or business inventory.
  • Go to www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419 for more information.
Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™ devices. Use the app to prepare for disasters and to stay informed during emergencies. Features include:
  • Location-specific weather watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service
  • A customizable emergency plan that can be easily shared with family and friends
  • The latest disaster news on widespread emergencies from the Virginia Department of
    Emergency Management
Build an emergency kit. Start with three days’ water and three days’ food that doesn’t need electricity or refrigeration. Then add:
  • A battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with a weather band and extra batteries to hear information from local officials
  • Flashlights and extra batteries
  • First aid kit and extra supply of medications
  • Special items for babies, older family members and pets

Learn more about preparing for emergencies at www.ReadyVirginia.gov and www.ListoVirginia.gov.

For additional information regarding hurricane and flooding preparation, visit the city's Emergency Preparedness page.  To stay current on Emergency Preparedness related information and breaking news, sign up for E-Notify.