Thursday, January 21, 2016

5 Steps for Blizzard Prep

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Folks, by now you're probably aware that, starting tomorrow at noon, the First Congressional District and the Commonwealth are expecting some significant snowfall to last through the weekend and into next week. A blizzard watch has been issued by the National Weather Service, and Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a State of Emergency in Virginia.

As in any emergency situation, safety is the absolute first priority, and preparation is key. Here are some safety tips you can follow and some resources to have at hand as you and your family prepare for the inclement weather. Stay warm and be safe!

1.      Stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely essential! If you need to use your vehicle, make sure that you're allowing extra space and time and using a liberal measure of precaution. Make sure that your car, truck, or SUV is winter-ready and that you are traveling with emergency items like blankets, non-perishable food, sand, a shovel, an ice-scraper, and a flashlight.

2.      Have enough non-perishable food and bottled water to sustain your family (and pets) for at least 72-hours. There may be power-outages, and it's important to have food and other necessities in case you can't rely on electric power.

3.      Make sure you have access to the medicine/medical equipment that you need. Take some time today to make sure that any necessary prescriptions are filled and that you have uninterrupted access to any medical equipment you may need.

4.      Stay informed! Make sure that you have a way to access emergency and other information. Have a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and lots of extra batteries. Make sure that cellular phones are fully charged. If you need help, information, or resources during the storm, you can call 211.

5.      Be prepared to help neighbors and friends who are elderly or disabled. Storms like the one projected are especially hard on the most vulnerable among us. Make sure that your friends and neighbors who may need extra care have everything that they need to be safe during the storm. Take a few moments to check in on them as you're developing your own emergency strategy.

For more information, visit or download the free Ready Virginia app. Download the free VDOT 511 app for updates on road conditions.


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