Virginia Beach, Virgina, is a wonderful mid-Atlantic vacation spot and a great place for water loving people to reside in full time. Whether you stay in Virginia Beach for a couple of weeks or year round, probably the last thing you want to think about his hurricane preparations. The City of Virginia Beach has made it possible for you to spend most of your time in Virginia Beach doing other things. Only first for your safety and the safety of those you love the City strongly urges that you take just a little time and make a little effort to establish your own preparations for a hurricane disaster. It won’t take long and it will be like money in the bank.
Why Virginia Beach. Hurricanes spinning away from more southerly states have a way of working themselves up the coast and occasionally redeveloping and striking coastal areas along the mid-Atlantic coast . Virginia Beach City officials consider Virginia Beach highly vulnerable because of its low lying areas. The City advises that though the hurricane season officially starts in June and extends through to Nov. 1, the greatest likelihood for a hurricane to strike this area is August , September or October. Even if the official summer season has gone by, the hurricane season remains wide open. The City of Virginia Beach also advises those in residence to be prepared and to have a plan, remembering of course that preparations and plans really must reflect your current residence and your families individual circumstances. With that in mind the City of Virginia Beach has offered some guidelines.
Overall Planning. Your planning will be done with maximum effect if it is done cooperatively with everyone participating and being made aware of the plans in place. If you live in a low lying area, an area that is flood prone or in a trailer you should definitely include the possibility of evacuation in your plans. It is helpful in determining the likelihood of evacuation to consider what you know of the flood history of the particular area where you may be living or visiting. Knowing that you are in a flood prone area will put a little more urgency in your plans for evacuation.
In your planning work on a list of items to be include in a family emergency supply kit . Know what things you will need to help you survive in your own home and what things will be needed if you determine you must evacuate. Pack up things that must go with you in case of evacuation so that they will be ready to go, your evacuation may be rushed and not allow much time for packing.
As you plan take care to consider the special provisions that will need to be made for each individual member of your household. Senior citizens, infants, small children, disabled family members, family pets all have special circumstances that need to be planned for whether you remain at home with no power or whether you are evacuated to another location. The day of the hurricane is not the time to start thinking about what to do.
To prepare for possible evacuation the City of Virginia Beach suggests that you should determine a “family contact” away from the City and the potential storm area. Make certain that everyone in your family is aware of that contact person so that if family members are separated everyone will attempt to contact the same contact person and all can be accounted for .
Home Preparation. Planning is important but the City of Virginia Beach puts equal emphasis on the need for its residents to do some advanced purchasing of supplies as well. They stress that the food and water supplies you have should be sufficient to last you from 3-5 days . Included in the suggested supplies were: 1gallon of water per person per day; easy to prepare non perishable foods, a first aid kit that includes all family medications and prescriptions; battery powered flashlights and radio with a supply of extra batteries; change of clothing, footwear and a sleeping bag or blankets for each family member.
Also part of your supply cache should be any special items for infants, elderly or disabled members of your household. Sanitation supplies like trash bags should be included . Don’t forget that even in an emergency you made need to make purchases have extra cash and your credit cards at the ready. It is helpful set aside an extra pair of glasses for those who wear glasses and some quiet games that could be played either at home or at a shelter.
Pack things that would be taken to a shelter in easy to carry, durable containers and have them ready to go. Do not think that you will have lots of time to make these kinds of arrangements when the storm hits. You must prepare yourself and your family to make a quick decision to evacuate should that become necessary.
Medical and Pet Preparation. Take extra care to provide for the most vulnerable members of your household, pets, infants and the elderly. Consider how they will survive staying in a home without power. Make the necessary connections in advance with home health care providers to see what other alternatives might be considered. Prepare for the emergency placement of your pet in an animal shelter or under a vets care well in advance. Knowing your options in advance will make it so much easier to act quickly and effectively when and if the storm arrives.
You cannot prepare for every eventuality and there will be things that you overlook. But planning in advance when your mind is clear and revamping those plans as you go along is the strong suggestion of the City of Virginia Beach to its residents and visitors.