It’s Hurricane Season…Be Ready for Severe Weather

Hurricane/flooding season runs from June 1 through November 30

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – June 1, 2016 – According to the National Weather Service, more than 522 people died and nearly 2,143 were injured throughout the U.S. as a result of severe weather in 2015. The most deadly hazard was flooding, claiming 176 lives, rip currents claimed 56 lives, thunderstorms and high wind weather events claimed 65 lives, followed by extreme cold with 53 and extreme heat, with 45. (Source: NWS/NOAA) 

Now's the time to take steps 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. If outside, don't seek shelter under trees.
  • Turn Around Don't Drown - 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, family members with functional or special needs, seniors, pets, and one to keep in your vehicle.

Stay Informed:

  • Register for VBAlert to receive emergency text messages, and email alerts and warnings on your mobile devices.
  • Logon 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 via Google Play and the Apple Store

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