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Harrisonburg Fire Department discusses Hurricane Preparedness Week

Rain in downtown Harrisonburg.
Rain in downtown Harrisonburg.(WHSV)
Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 11:54 AM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - National and local emergency management officials are reminding everyone to get prepared for severe weather during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which takes place from May 9 through May 15, 2021.

Paul Helmuth with the Harrisonburg Fire Department says even though we don’t live on the coast, we are still affected by hurricanes.

“High winds, wind damage, that flooding that could occur, power outages that occur. Make sure that you have the ability to be able to be prepared in your home for up to several days without power if we have some sort of tropical event that comes over the Valley,” Helmuth said.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) recommends a seven-step plan that includes completing a written plan in case of an emergency, assembling disaster supplies and strengthening your home.

“What kind of hazards do you have associated with your property? Does your property flood? Do you have water entryways in your house that normally occur? So you can be prepared for that. Do you live in an area where there are a lot of power outages?” Helmuth added.

As for supplies, VDEM says to pack enough food for three days and any prescriptions you may have. Batteries and phone charges are also vital.

Read more ways to get prepared from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management by clicking here.

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