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Family Emergency Preparedness


It Only Takes One …


Hurricane predictors say that the 2010 season will be very busy. But it only takes one tropical system to cause extensive, expensive damage from surging water, high winds, tornadoes and inland flooding. Every Virginia family should get ready now.

Every home should have these essentials: a family emergency plan, three-days of bottled water and non-perishable food, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio to hear emergency information, and extra batteries.

Make a family emergency plan. If you had to leave, know in advance where you would go and where you could take your pets.

  • Identify several places you could stay in an emergency – perhaps a friends’ home in another town, a hotel or public shelter if necessary.
  • Choose an out-of-town friend or relative as a family point of contact, and be sure every family member has that person’s phone number.
  • Go to for family plan worksheets. Click on Make a plan.

Get essential emergency supplies. Start with at least a three-day supply of bottled water and packaged and canned food. Add a manual can opener, flashlights and extra batteries, first aid kit and medications. Store in waterproof containers that have wheels or that you can lift easily. Get an emergency supply checklist at Click on Get a kit.

Listen to emergency information from officials. In case there is no power, you will need a battery-powered radio and extra batteries. Listen to local media for the best information about your area.Consider purchasing a battery-powered or hand-crank radio with a weather band so you can get information directly from the National Weather Service.

Also, be aware that flooding is the most common disaster in Virginia, and it is costly. Just an inch or two of water in a home or business adds up to about $8,000 in repairs. Homeowners’ insurance policies don’t cover flooding, so talk to your agent now about flood insurance. It usually takes about 30 days for a new flood policy to go into effect. See or call 1-800-427-2419.


Is your family ready for hurricane and flood season?



Prepared by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, May 2010

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Margaret Thompson never thought she’d be a business owner (or a mom for that matter!), but after realizing a need for a high quality, content-focused magazine for Richmond area families, she dove in! With twenty years of marketing and project management under her belt, she pulls all of the pieces together each month to get RFM out to our eager readers. Mom of two young boys, Margaret and her husband Chris live in Hanover County.

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