Friday, November 19, 2010

Winter Preparedness Week: Dec. 5-11

Several severe winter storms affected the Commonwealth throughout the 2009-2010 winter season, killing 14 and bringing multiple record-breaking snowstorms and cold temperatures to every part of Virginia. Power outages and blocked roads created a dangerous situation for many, and it could happen again this year.

Winter Preparedness Week, set for Dec. 5-11, is an opportunity to remind Virginians of the dangers that can come with colder weather and that taking three basic steps to emergency preparedness can make a big difference.
  • 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. With your family, write down your emergency plan – get a free worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov

  • 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.

  • Stay informed. Before, during and after a winter storm, you should listen to local media for information and instructions from emergency officials. Be aware of winter storm watches and warnings and road conditions. You can get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or checking www.511Virginia.org.