VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – June 3, 2013 - Last year, more than 450 people died and nearly 2,600 were injured throughout the U.S. as a result of severe weather. Hurricane Sandy was responsible for more than 280 of those deaths and was the second costliest hurricane in our country’s history.
To keep you and your family safe, make a plan, get a kit and stay informed. Here are important tips to ensure your safety before, during and after severe weather:
Make a plan:
· Have a family emergency plan. Talk to your children. Everyone should know what to do in case family members are not together when severe weather happens. Get a free emergency plan worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov or from the Ready Virginia app.
· Make sure you have a safe place to go when severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued. Safe areas include basements and interior rooms such as bathrooms or closets on the lowest level of a sturdy building. Stay away from windows.
· Do not drive or walk through floodwater. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. If a road is flooded turn around and find another route — it is almost always more dangerous than it appears.
· Know your evacuation route in case you are to advised to leave the area.
· Follow the instructions of local and state officials.
Get a kit:
· Keep emergency supplies on hand, including at least three days’ non-perishable food and water, flashlights and batteries, first aid kit, and medicines. Make a customized individual kit for babies, seniors, pets, and one to keep in your vehicle.
· Register for VBAlert to receive emergency text messages, and email alerts and warnings on your mobile devices.
· Log on to the city’s website, www.VBgov.com, for the latest news and information.
· Monitor local radio stations.
· Tune in to local television stations: WTKR TV-3, WAVY TV-10 and WVEC TV13.
· The city’s VBTV channels: Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon cable 45, 46 & 47 will display emergency information including city operational status and facilities closure notices.
· Follow the city’s social media sites: www.facebook.com/cityofvabeach and www.twitter.com/cityofvabeach.
· Contact Citizen Services: 311 (landlines within city limits) or 385-3111 will provide current operating conditions and facility closures; do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.
· Get the latest weather information from the National Weather Service at www.weather.gov.
· Purchase an NOAA Weather Radio or battery-powered/hand crank radio with an NOAA Weather Band to get weather warnings directly from the National Weather Service.
For more on family preparedness for hurricane season, go to www.VBgov.com/beprepared, www.ReadyVirginia.gov or www.ListoVirginia.gov and download the Ready Virginia app from the App Store or Google Play.
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