Impacts for Hampton Roads from Hurricane Dorian are starting to look probable. With 50-60 mph winds forecasted to start on the southside Thursday night and into Friday, now is most certainly the time to get your home in order and prepared for high winds and high water. Here’s what you need to do:
- Check Your Supplies – In case of prolonged power or water outages have the following items available: batteries, bottled water, flashlights, battery operated radio, prepared foods and snacks, ice, offline activities for the kids, pet food, and any medical supplies or medicines you or your family may need.
- Secure Loose Items – Take a stroll around your home and secure any loose items that may fly or float away in high winds or high waters. This includes your recycling and trash carts. Move items indoors if possible or secure outdoor items with bungee cords or weights.
- Clear Gutters and Ditches – To keep water flowing away from your home is the goal. Check your gutters and ditches for clogs from excess vegetation and litter and remove what you can.
- Trim Your Limbs – Cut back tree limbs near your home and remove any weak or dead branches that could pose a threat to your (or your neighbor’s) home.
- Prepare for Rising Flood Waters – If you live in a low-lying area, move what belongings you can off the ground especially in flood-prone areas like garages and sheds. Consider moving your vehicle to higher ground.
- Secure hazardous materials. Move hazardous household chemicals like gas, motor oil, and lawn chemicals indoors and off the ground to prevent them from spilling into flood waters.
- Tune Into Local Emergency Communications – Your city or county will be providing a lot of information regarding city services during the storm. For important updates and news regarding closures, suspension of municipal services, shelter locations or evacuation requirements, please check in with your locality often. Don’t rely on wifi or cell phones for your communications. A landline or battery operated radio is a more reliable way to stay connected.
- Know Your Zone. If you know where you are, then you’ll know when to go. Use KnowYourZoneVA.org to find your evacuation zone and listen for updates regarding voluntary and mandatory evacuations in your area.
Stay safe Hampton Roads!