10 Ways to Get Ready for Hurricane Sandy
Posted 12:56 p.m.
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.