September 2015 is National Preparedness Month in Virginia

On September 2, 2015, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia.  The timing of this campaign coincides with the start of what’s historically been the most active part of the Atlantic tropical storm season—the months of September and October. Below are the hyperlinked headline and an excerpt from the governor’s office’s September 2 news release.  Also, for two audio takes on preparedness for tropical storm season, please see these Virginia Water Radio episodes:
Here Comes Atlantic Tropical Storm Season 2015 (week of 5-8-15);
“Natural Disaster” by John McCutcheon Helps Spin Out a Reminder about Tropical Storm Season (week of 8-11-14).

Governor McAuliffe Declares September as Preparedness Month in Virginia, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 9/2/15.

Excerpt: “Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia and he encourages business owners, families and communities to be ready for emergencies. … Everyone can prepare for all emergencies, including hurricanes, by taking these steps:
*Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality.
*Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™.
*Have basic supplies on hand to last at least three days for each family member:
**Food that won’t spoil, such as canned and packaged foods.
**Water, one gallon per person per day.
**A working battery-operated radio and extra batteries.
**Flashlights with extra batteries.
**First aid kit.
**A written list of your prescriptions and prescribing doctor(s) and at least a week’s supply of medications.
**Food and water for your pets.

*Create a family emergency communications plan:
**Decide how and where everyone will meet up with each other if separated.
**Choose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family and give that person’s phone number to each family member.
**Make a sheet of emergency contacts and post it in visible places in your home and workplace.  Don’t rely on your smart phone or online contact lists.
**Get a free emergency plan worksheet and emergency contact cards at www.ReadyVirginia.gov or *www.ListoVirginia.gov or use the new Ready Virginia app.

People with disabilities or access and functional needs may need to take additional steps.  Plan how to handle power outages and/or being asked to evacuate.  For more information, visit www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/getakit/disabilities.

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