During storm times, it's important to be prepared. Here are some suggestions:
Gather a few important items (make a kit):
Battery-powered or hand cranked radio
First Aid kit
Local maps (in case Siri can't help you in a storm)
If there is no need to evacuate the area, stay indoors and away from windows. Be aware that there may be a sudden lull in the storm as the eye of the hurricane moves over. Stay in your shelter until local authorities say it is safe.
Close all interior doors. Secure and brace external doors. Closed doors will help prevent damaging hurricane winds from entering additional rooms.
If power is lost, turn off major appliances to reduce the power "surge" when electricity is restored.
Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything that is not tied down.
Fill up your car with gas.
In the event of an evacuation, identify several places you could go in an emergency, such as a friend's home in another town or a public shelter.
Remember to "Turn Around, Don't Drown." If you find yourself in a vehicle surrounded by rising water, get out immediately and seek higher ground.
Watch out for trees and tree limbs impacting travel and power lines.
Get the Ready Virginia Mobile App to help prepare for an emergency.
Follow #ffxstorm on Twitter for storm updates.
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