Winter weather, hurricanes, and other extreme events can develop suddenly
and leave those in its path to rely on quick action and storm preparedness.
With Hurricane Florence forecasted to impact the East Coast as soon as
Thursday, we urge all to take the opportunity to review your supplies
and storm preparedness. Those in Florence’s path can expect high
winds, significant rainfall and flooding to disrupt communication, power,
roadways, and other services.
We hope the following suggestions are helpful as you think about securing
your home, getting supplies together, and staying safe in the event of
Personal Storm Plan:
- Write down emergency phone numbers and keep them on the refrigerator, near
any house phones, and program them in your cell phone.
- Familiarize yourself with different routes you can take if evacuation is
- Make sure everyone in your family knows what the warning sirens in your
area sound like – and what to do if they go off.
- Plan for the care of elderly neighbors and family members, as well young
If traveling, remember to make use of VA 511 phone number (dial 511),
mobile app to learn of live traffic and any road closures and re-routing.
Locate Safety Items:
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher (make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it)
Portable phone battery packs (keep these charged, and ready to be used)
Flashlights/lanterns and extra batteries
Sleeping bags/extra blankets/towels
Personal Care Items
Wet cleaning cloths (like baby wipes) in case you don’t have clean water
Soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste
Plan to Consider:
If you have a chain saw or home generator, do you have additional fuel?
How best to evacuate
How to best avoid flooded areas
Do not use generators or appliances if wet. Do not use an electric generator
indoors or near the air intake of your home.
For more information about how to get your family ready for a disaster,
Visit the links below for more information on Valley Health’s six hospitals
Special thank you to
Skyler Sharp, FNP-C, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Family Medicine –
Mt. Jackson for contributing to this post.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018).
Preparedness and safety
messaging for hurricanes, flooding, and similar disasters . Retrieved from