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Citizens Urged to Prepare for Hurricane Season
5/28/2014

Hurricane season starts June 1. Virginians are at risk for the damaging effects of coastal and inland tropical storm systems and widespread flooding. To emphasize the importance of preparing for hurricane season, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has recognized May 25-31 as Hurricane and Flooding Preparedness Week, which coincides with National Hurricane Preparedness Week, sponsored by the National Weather Service, and the Virginia annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.

Individuals and families should have an emergency kit of supplies, starting with three days’ of bottled water and non-perishable food; a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries to hear emergency information. Additionally, the kit should include flashlights and extra batteries, a first aid kit and an extra supply of prescription medicines. A written family emergency plan is important as well. For more information on making a family plan and putting together an emergency supply kit, visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov.

The Virginia Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, every May 25-31, provides people with an opportunity to buy emergency equipment and supplies tax-free. All Virginia retailers participate in the holiday. For more on the sales tax holiday, including a list of tax-exempt items, see www.vaemergency.gov.

“It’s very common here in Virginia to have flooding during hurricane season. If your homeowner’s insurance policy doesn’t include flood insurance, talk to your agent now about adding it,” said Jeff Stern, state coordinator of emergency management. “You don’t have to live in a high risk area for flooding to affect you, and flood insurance is the best protection for your home and belongings.”

Additional steps you should take to prepare for hurricanes can be found at www.albemarle.org/hurricane.


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