Stock Up on Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items and Save Money
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Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 4-6.
During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying hurricane and emergency preparedness items (PDF), as well as school supplies, clothing, footwear and Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products without paying sales tax.
What items are eligible?
- Hurricane and emergency preparedness products
- Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
- Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item
- Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
- Other specified hurricane preparedness items – $60 or less per item
- School supplies, clothing, and footwear
- Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
- Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item
- Energy Star™ and WaterSense™ products
- Qualifying Energy Star™ or WaterSense™ products purchased for noncommercial home or personal use – $2,500 or less per item
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As we continue to observe National Preparedness Month with a weekly preparedness video, Sulayman Brown from our Office of Emergency Management discusses the importance of having an emergency supply kit — and what kinds of supplies you should have in your kit — at home, at the office and in your vehicles.
- First-aid kit
- Water (one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days)
- Food (at least three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather radio.
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Garbage bags and plastic ties
- Duct tape
- Plastic sheeting
- Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
- Local maps
- Cellphone and chargers
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Pet food and extra water for your pet
- Important family documents (insurance policies, identification and bank account records)
- Emergency reference materials (such as first-aid book)
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
- Change of clothing
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Food supplies, such as mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels
- Paper and pencil
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
- Infant formula and diapers
For additional information about National Preparedness Month and how you can prepare, visit www.Ready.gov.
During September — and throughout the year — the emergency management staff are here to support you and educate the community on preparedness. Call 571-350-1000, TTY 711, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how you can get better prepared.
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Car preparedness is practical in case you’re stuck in your car because of a major accident or if we ever experience a major snowstorm like a few years ago when many people were stranded in their cars for hours. Be your own hero during National Preparedness Month and be prepared for any emergency you may encounter while on the road.
Always include basic supplies in your vehicle in case of emergency and customize your car kit to meet the specific needs of your family, such as if you have pets or small children, etc.
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What’s on your New Year’s resolution list this year?
Organizing closets and promising to make more trips to the gym are traditional New Year’s resolutions, but the most important thing to do could be making an emergency kit.
President John F. Kennedy once said, “The time to repair a roof is when the sun is shining.” The same can be said for emergency kits. The time to make a kit is when the sun is shining – or before a disaster strikes.
Now that Fairfax County has had a round of winter storms, make sure you answer these questions:
- What would I need if the power didn’t come back on for a few days?
- What if I was stuck in my car for 12 hours?
- How should I prepare?
This year, resolve to be proactive instead of reactive. A situation can quickly escalate to an emergency if you’re not prepared. An emergency kit can alleviate stress in uncertain situations and put you in control to help yourself and others.
Get A Kit – for Home, Work and Car
Be sure to include:
- First-aid kit.
- Water (one gallon of water per person per day for a minimum of three days).
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food).
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio.
- Flashlight and extra batteries.
- Whistle to signal for help.
- Garbage bags and plastic ties.
- Duct tape and plastic sheeting.
- Manual can opener for food (if kit contains canned food).
- Local maps.
- Infant formula and diapers.
- Cellphone and chargers.
- Prescription medications and glasses.
- Pet food and extra water for your pet.
- Important family documents (insurance policies, identification and bank account records).
- Emergency reference materials (first-aid book).
- Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person.
- Change of clothing.
- Fire extinguisher.
- Matches in a waterproof container.
- Food supplies, such as mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels.
- Paper and pencil.
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children.
Make a Plan – Now
It may be difficult to communicate with family and friends through traditional means during and after an emergency. Establish your out-of-town emergency contact and where you will meet your family if you are unable to return home.
Not sure how to get started? Go to www.ReadyNova.org for an easy-to-use template for making a personalized family emergency plan.
Stay Informed Learn the resources available to you before a disaster. Bookmark Fairfax County’s emergency blog to keep up with weather updates, county closings and more at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/blog. And sign up for the Community Emergency Alert Network (CEAN) for timely emergency alerts at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cean.
Now is the time to prepare for the unexpected. Resolve to make your emergency kit and then follow through! For more on emergency kits, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency.
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In our last post, we brought you a video that hopefully got you inspired to build your emergency kits — for home, office and car. Today, we bring you an infographic.
Infographics are a great, visual ways to tell the story of preparedness. This graphic (PDF) from Anaheim, Calif., shows that if you can pack a diaper bag, you can pack a disaster bag.