10 Ways to Get Ready for Hurricane Sandy

Posted 12:56 p.m.

Rainfall potential of Hurricane Sandy

National Weather Service rainfall potential of Hurricane Sandy for the next 1-5 days.

Hurricane Sandy continues to be a major threat to our area and could lead to substantial impacts in the next few days. Virginia has already declared a state of emergency in advance of the storm.

To put it simply: we need you to prepare.

The storm’s track is not yet certain, but the National Weather Service models this morning suggest a likely scenario of 4-6 inches of rain, tropical storm winds, downed trees/power lines and flooding for possibly multiple days. More details will become available later today and Saturday from the National Weather Service about timing and impact.

But right now, we have time to get ready.

What you need to know and do:

1.)    Supplies: Get your supplies – water, medicines, canned food, cash, pet food and more. View more suggestions for emergency supply kits. We strongly recommend that you be prepared with at least three days of supplies.

2.)    Gas: Fill your car’s gas tank. Gas stations will be in short supply in a power outage.

3.)    Generators: If you have a generator or plan to buy one, please be familiar with safety tips.

4.)    Food Safety:  Power outages and flooding may happen as a result of a tropical storm or hurricane, so have a plan for keeping food safe. Have a cooler on hand to keep food cold, and group food together in the freezer so it stays cold longer.

5.)    Outdoor Items: Plan to secure all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.

6.)    Trees: Remove dead limbs on trees that could fall on your property (home, car, land).

7.)    Leaves: Clear leaves from storm drains, gutters and other areas that, if clogged, could cause flooding.

8.)    Weather Forecasts: Pay close attention to weather forecasts for the latest storm track. We will provide guidance as needed. Purchase or charge up your weather radio. If you have a weather radio that uses SAME codes, Fairfax County’s SAME code is 051059.

9.)    Tech Ready: View our Digital Preparedness Kit, which is an important way to stay informed and connected before, during and after an emergency.

10.) Phone Numbers: Save important phone numbers to your phone or write them down, especially your power company. Always report a power outage.

Please share this information with your family, friends and co-workers so our whole community can be better prepared.


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22 responses to “10 Ways to Get Ready for Hurricane Sandy”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Hard to believe the County hasn’t set aside schools as emergency shelters. Unbelievable, really.

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      We do have shelter plans and many schools are included and pre-identified as possible shelter locations if they need to be opened. Right now, we’re not at the stage to open shelters as the storm is days away, but we have plans and contingencies in place should the need arise. We also have to be mindful of potential power outages and other issues as a direct result of the storm.

  2. Anonymous says :

    I hope here its ok because we want to get ready

  3. Anonymous says :

    Sandbags for New Alexandria?

  4. Becky says :

    I have 3 kids live in a townhouse where is the best place to be , I got water and some can food just in case and also emergency kit. Anything else I should get

    • Nora says :

      It will be a long wet deluge and intense winds – the danger would be trees that are in danger of falling into the townhome, or flooding into the lower level. More likely is no power for a few days, no connectivity (internet), no gas stations available, debris blocking roadways. If you are set to be comfy w/ flashlights, clean blankets, food that doesn’t need stove or microwave or refrig, battery powered radio to stay up to date, bucket (handy for dozens of things) drinking water (1 gallon per person per day for 3 days is a good rule of thumb) fully charged cell phone with work and utilities numbers in it (and other electronic gadgets fully charged), basic first aid kit, medications, old fashioned books and games, cooler (protects the aspirin you may need, meds, cellphones from damage in the dark or water) then you should be just fine. Don’t load up the refrig as things will spoil. If you suspect flooding may impact you, gather what you think may help block, sop up the water inside, and think of what can be done beforehand.
      I raised three kids thru various mother nature pranks and unexpected disasters so trust me in this – children take their cue from the parents: If you are prepared as best you can reasonably be, then approach it like an adventure instead of a disaster – it will keep their stress and anxiety down which in turn will help you.

  5. Mary says :

    We’re in a ranch home with a walkout finished basement. Because we have a number of trees quite close to the house, would the basement be the safest place to be during the height of the storm? Also, how far should a generator be from your home? Thanks!

  6. Hos says :

    I am new to the area and never had expeienced such storms. The worst I experieneced was the one we had here in summer that the power was out for a few days. So my question is, is this Sandy storm going to be worse or stronger than the last one we had in summer?

  7. Christina Price says :

    Great. Thank you. Tina

  8. karina says :

    I live in the third floor apartment I’m safe I have two kids 4 years and 6 months I’m so nervous and worried

  9. Ken Mitchell says :

    I hope everyone remains safe. I will be thinking & praying for everyone from down south in Australia as my daughter & grandaughters live in Shoust Village, Viginia. Good luck & lots of love. Ken Mitchell