September Is National Preparedness Month

Be prepared to weather a major storm – Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed and Know Your Zone.

hurricane season signAlthough disasters can happen at any time, September is recognized as National Preparedness Month. In part, because it happens to be the height of hurricane season, which runs through Nov. 30. This year’s theme focuses on planning; prepare now and learn how to survive any type of emergency or disaster. 

Get a kit: 
Now is the time to build an emergency supply kit​ for your home, office and each vehicle. If you already have one, check to make sure everything still works and food hasn’t expired.

Make a plan: 

Create a plan​ detailing what you and your family will do whether you stay in the area or evacuate to a safer inland location. 

Be informed: 

Know where to sign up for the latest emergency alerts​ and where to get the latest information. Monitor local television and radio stations, and the City’s website, VBgov.com​. Follow the city on social media sites Facebook​ and Twitter​ to learn the latest on weather conditions and what local officials are advising the public to do. 

Know your zone: 

The newly designated evacuation zones allow emergency managers to communicate with citizens who are most at risk as a storm approaches. In the event of a disaster requiring evacuation, the city, state and media outlets will specify and communicate which zones should evacuate. Visit KnowYourZoneVA.org​ to find your zone. Download a copy of the latest Hurricane Evacuation Guide​ or pick up a copy at any Virginia Beach Public Library. 

To learn more about emergency preparedness visit VBgov.com/ReadyVB​.  ​

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