Hurricane Florence Resources and Information
Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall somewhere on the southeast or Mid-Atlantic coast this week and could have a devastating impact on Virginia. It’s important to take steps to prepare now, heed officials’ instructions about how to stay safe in the storm, and watch forecasts closely. It is likely that Virginia will face damaging winds, heavy rainfall, and potentially life-threatening storm surge flooding. Governor Northam declared a state of emergency, and President Trump heeded our call to issue a federal emergency declaration that ensures the full availability of federal resources to support Virginia and help with public safety and rapid recovery.
- Forming an emergency kit. Instructions here: http://www.vaemergency.gov/emergency-kit/
- Filling critical prescriptions
- Putting together an emergency communication plan for your family
- Checking on friends and neighbors and exchanging contact information
- Making sure your vehicle’s gas tank is at half a tank or more
- Cleaning out gutters and drains near your home
- Taking photos of your property in its current condition, including your vehicle
- Compiling critical documentation and considering storing a copy on a secure, virtual cloud-based service
- Saving contact information for your utility companies
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management: Follow @VAEmergency on Facebook and @VDEM on Twitter for the latest updates, or visit www.vaemergency.gov/.
- FEMA: Follow @FEMARegion3 on Twitter for important updates from FEMA, and visit www.FEMA.gov or www.ready.gov. You can access a hurricane preparedness toolkit at https://www.ready.gov/hurricane-toolkit.
- Local Governments: Follow your local government’s social media account for information on emergency shelters.
- Red Cross: Follow @VARedCross on Facebook and @VARedCross on Twitter for preparedness and safety tips and updates. You can find an emergency shelter here: https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter.html.
- National Weather Service (NWS): Follow @NWSWakefieldVA on Facebook and @NWSWakefieldVA on Twitter or visit www.weather.gov/wakefield for active alerts, radar images, forecast maps, and additional resources.
- Dominion Energy Customers: Visit www.DominionEnergy.com or call 866-366-4357 to report any power outages in your area.
- APCO Customers: Visit www.appalachianpower.com or call 1-800-956-4237 to report any power outages in your area.
- Map of Electric Service Territories in Virginia: https://www.scc.virginia.gov/pur/elec/el_map.pdf