A tropical storm may be heading our way and local organizations want Valley residents to be prepared. Hanna has been bouncing back and forth between a tropical storm and a tropical depression all week.
Rebecca Joyce with the Central Shenandoah Planning District has a hurricane preparedness guide at her office. She says FEMA helped to write the guide, which has useful information for residents in case of a natural disaster.
She says Valley residents need to know that hurricanes don't only effect coastal regions and residents should be prepared with their own emergency kit.
Joyce explains, "You want to have things like a battery operated radio, things like flashlights, not candles because you don't want to be in the middle of one disaster and then have to deal with a fire."
Joyce is also planning an emergency response seminar which will start on September 17 to teach Valley residents how they can better prepare themselves in case of any type of emergency.