Preparing for Hurricane Irene

Emergency management coordinator Dave McKernan discusses how Fairfax County should prepare for Hurricane Irene (recorded Thursday afternoon, Aug. 25).

You also review these select hurricane preparedness tips (view full list):

Before the Storm

  • Cut dead trees and limbs that could fall on your home.
  • Learn the difference between a watch and a warning.
    • A hurricane watch indicates that hurricane conditions are possible in your area within 36 hours.
    • A hurricane warning indicates that hurricane conditions are possible in your area within 24 hours.
  • If you live in a flood-prone area, identify where to go if ordered to evacuate and the safest route to get there. If there is a flood, you may only have minutes to get to safety. Choose several places – a friend’s home in another town, a motel or a shelter. Remember, public shelters and many motels don’t allow pets in their facilities.
  • If your home or business is in a flood-prone area, make sure you have a current flood insurance policy (not typically part of a standard insurance policy). A 30-day waiting period is generally required to purchase flood insurance, so take time now to visit your insurance agent to learn more.
  • Take pictures of your property before the storm to help validate your claim and remember to take your policies with you if you need to evacuate.

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Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.