Families Who Are Ready Recover Faster

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    Families who are ready recover faster

    Although meteorologists can’t predict exactly how tropical systems and hurricanes will affect Virginia this year, there is one prediction that will come true: families who are ready will recover much better and faster than those who are not.

    Everyone should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least the first 72 hours after a storm hits.Every home should have at least four basic items:

    • A family emergency plan
    • Three days’ of bottled water (one gallon per person per day)
    • Three days’ of non-perishable food
    • A hand-crank or battery-powered radio with extra batteries for listening to emergency information from local media and officials

    Store these items in waterproof containers that have wheels or that you can lift easily in case you have to leave.

    To see a short Ready Virginia video about getting ready for hurricane season and making a family emergency plan, go to http://www.youtube.com/vaemergency#p/u. You also can request a new publication, Virginia’s Hurricane Evacuation Guide, by writing to pio@vdem.virginia.gov or calling 1-866-782-3470.

    To learn more about getting ready for tropical storms, hurricanes and flooding, go towww.ReadyVirginia.gov. For information in Spanish, visit www.ListoVirginia.gov. While visiting those Web sites, take a quick survey to measure Virginia’s overall preparedness for disasters and emergencies.

    Getting ready for hurricane and flood season is everyone’s responsibility. Make your plan now.