Monday, November 3, 2014

Get Ready for Winter Weather!

Get Ready for Winter Weather!

Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia is Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Recent Virginia winters have been cold and snowy, and many people had power outages.  It’s so important to be winter-ready that the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have set aside Nov. 30-Dec. 6 as Winter Preparedness Week. 

No matter the predictions, a significant winter storm is always possible.  With an El Nino weather pattern expected this season, there could be a wetter than normal winter.  And El Nino winters can be snowier if atmospheric conditions are right … just like the winter of 2009-10.

Remember: an important part of winter weather planning is being prepared to stay where you are until conditions improve.  To be ready, take these steps:

·         Get a kit.  Basic emergency supplies include: 
ü  Three days’ food that doesn’t need refrigeration or electricity to prepare it
ü  Three days’ water (a gallon per person per day)
ü  A battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries
ü  For businesses and offices, some bottles of water, food bars and a radio or TV to hear local information about whether or not it is safe to travel
ü  A power pack for recharging cell phones and other mobile devices
·         Make a plan.  Everyone needs an emergency plan:
ü  Decide who your out-of-town emergency contact will be.
ü  Where will you meet up with family members if you can’t return home?
ü  Get an emergency plan worksheet at

·         Stay informed.  Before, during and after a winter storm, you should:
ü  Listen to local media for information and instructions from emergency officials.
ü  Be aware of winter storm watches and warnings and road conditions.
ü  Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.
ü  Get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or checking

·         Download the Ready Virginia app. Free app for iPhone® and Android™ features:
ü  Location-specific weather watches and warnings issued by NWS
ü  Disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
ü  A customizable family emergency plan that can be easily shared
ü  A checklist for gathering emergency supplies
ü  Links to register for local emergency alerts, and more


Prepared by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, November 2014
(804) 897-6510                                                

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