Winters in Virginia can be pretty unpredictable; bringing with it extremely frigid temperatures, wind, ice, snow, and extended power outages. In order to promote the importance of being winter-ready, the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have set aside December 1-7 as Winter Preparedness Week.
Due to the unpredictability of Virginia winters, citizens are encouraged to take the steps now to prepare themselves and their families for whatever the season may bring. Follow these simple steps in order to be winter-ready:
Make a plan. Closed roads can prevent you from going home. Decide on a meeting place outside of your neighborhood if your family is separated and choose an out-of-town relative or friend to be your family’s point of contact for emergency communications. Download a worksheet here.
Get a kit. Along with the basic supplies (three days’ food and water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio with extra batteries, and your written family emergency plan), add a first aid kit, medications if needed, blankets and warm clothing, supplies for special member of your household, and pet items.
Download a worksheet here.
Stay informed. Before, during and after a winter storm, in addition to following local media, you can get information directly from the City:
•Sign up for e-notifications
•Bookmark the City's Emergency Preparedness webpage
•Fllow us on Facebook and Twitter
•Sign up for the City's Emergency Notification System
•Find out who your Neighborhood Response Team Captain is
More complete information is available from the ReadyVirginia website and on the City's Emergency Preparedness page.