Preparedness is Vital in a Weather Emergency

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

Disaster Education Programmer Rebecca Joyce works to keep you safe if an emergency, like a hurricane comes to the Valley.

“Weather you can't control, but how you deal with it. You do have some say and some easy things you can do to be prepared,” said Joyce.

Joyce's tips to keep you safe include making sure you have a plan and the right supplies, like batteries, medicine and food. Joyce said preparedness pays off.

“If you don't have the preparedness things you need, it's just going to make it that much more difficult for you and your family to recover. So if you're prepared, it's just going to make things on the other end of the storm that much easier.”

The Central Shenandoah Organization oversees five counties in Virginia and they are ready to go, no matter the disaster that could head our way.

Emergency Services Coordinator Donna Good oversees Augusta County's Fire and Rescue Squads.

They constantly check for weather updates in the county's call center. Good said people who prepare for severe weather could help curb calls for help.

“When the storm comes through you don't know the extent of the damages,” said Good. “Any preparation you can do is going to help us reduce the calls and maybe keep your family safe.”

Hurricanes can dump rain on the Valley, even though it is about four hours away from the coast. Having an emergency preparedness kit can help you out, no matter the disaster.

“Having these supplies will just help you weather that storm,” said Joyce.

Most hurricane preparations kits can be made with cheap items you already have around the house.

For a list of more things you could include in your kit visit this website:  Ready.gov

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