2017 Hurricane Preparedness Week Underway

Posted at 11 a.m.

This week (May 7-13) is National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Hurricanes are one of nature’s most powerful and destructive events and the cause behind eight of the 10 costliest disasters in U.S. history. Hurricanes are not just a coastal concern. High winds, heavy rainfall, tornadoes and flooding can be felt hundreds of miles inland, potentially causing loss of life and catastrophic damage to property.

Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30. Now is the time to prepare.

  • Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • Be sure to include your pets in your emergency preparedness planning.
  • Identify an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family and friends.
  • Keep an emergency kit where you spend time — home, car and work.
  • Practice your preparedness plans with a drill or exercise.

 

Visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes for more information about hurricane preparedness. For the current National Hurricane Center map of active Atlantic cyclones and tropical disturbances, visit www.nhc.noaa.gov/cyclones/?atlc.

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About Fairfax County Emergency Information

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