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Hurricane Florence Preparedness

With hurricane Florence forecasted to impact the east coast later this week, Nelson County could see heavy rain, flash flooding, downed trees, and prolonged loss of power depending on the storm’s final trajectory and intensity (which still remains unclear). Local public safety officials are closely monitoring the path of this storm and encourage residents to be aware of its possible effects and prepare in advance.

  • Make a Kit, Get and Plan, and Stay Informed. To learn more, visit www.VAEmergency.gov or  webpage.
  • Have enough food, fresh water and personal care items for you, your family, and pets to last at least three days in case you lose power.
  • Have any needed medications in supply. If you rely on electronic medical equipment, make sure back-up systems are working properly.
  • Keep important documents, phone numbers and cash easily accessible.
  • Have a family/friend/neighbor contact plan to check on others.
  • Charge cell phones and electronic devices in advance; fill vehicles’ gas tanks.
  • If necessary to use a generator, use according to manufacturer’s instructions and check that sufficient ventilation is present.
  • Secure your property of anything that could cause damage if high wind becomes an issue (dead tree limbs, lawn/porch items, etc.).
  • Only travel if necessary during severe weather and DO NOT CROSS FLOOD WATERS. Roadways could be damaged beneath flood waters, and a few inches of water can sweep vehicles away. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN.
  • Only call 911 if you are experiencing an emergency. This keeps 911 lines open for those who are in critical need.
  • For power or internet outages, call your service provider directly.
  • Sign-up for Nelson County Emergency Alerts affecting your area. Also, stay tuned to local media for advisories and updated weather conditions.
  • Monitor any Virginia road closing at http://www.511virginia.org – click on text views and select a locality from the dropdown menu.

 

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