Dec. 2-8 is Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia

Posted at 1:15 p.m.

Governor Bob McDonnell has proclaimed Dec. 2-8 as Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia and is encouraging you to take time this week to prepare to protect yourself and your family in the event of any major winter storms in the months ahead.

We’ve been highlighting winter preparedness tips over the past couple of weeks here on this blog. Hopefully you’ve seen those tips and have taken action. If not, do so this week. And if you have, here’s a couple of additional steps to take:

  • Get fireplaces and wood stove chimneys inspected and cleaned. These often build up creosote, which is the residue left behind by burning wood. Creosote is flammable and must be professionally removed.
  • Install smoke detectors in every bedroom and one on every level of your home. Check the batteries every month. If you already have smoke detectors and did not replace the batteries when the time changed recently, replace them now.
  • Gather emergency supplies. Start with these items:
    • At least three days of food that does not need refrigeration or electricity to prepare, in case the power is out.
    • At least three days of water, which is one gallon of water per day per family member.
    • A battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries.
    • Flashlights and extra batteries.
    • A first-aid kit and an extra supply of medications in case you can’t get out to get prescriptions refilled.

Get more details and a checklist at Ready Virginia, as well as and the emergency information page on the county website.

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