Take time to make sure you're ready for hurricane season, which officially begins June 1, 2019. You can take a few simple steps right from your own home:
- Sign up to receive severe weather alerts and other important information through PWC Alerts.
- Put together an emergency kit for your home, vehicle and workplace. Have enough supplies for each person in your home for at least 3 days.
- Create and practice an emergency plan for your household. Include shelter-in-place, evacuation, and financial considerations such as insurance.
- Prepare your home -- Clean your gutters, trim trees that could impact your home, secure loose items, and take 'before' pictures of your property.
- Exchange contact information with your neighbors.
- Know your risk -- Check to see if you live in an area prone to flooding, flash flooding, or storm surge by clicking here.
Flooding occurs frequently in parts of Prince William County. If you encounter water covering a roadway, please Turn Around, Don't Drown! ® Remember that just 6 inches of water can knock you down, and as little as 1 foot of moving water can carry away your vehicle. If flooding is imminent, move to higher ground. Also, now is the time to review your insurance and make sure that your policy covers flooding. Find out if you live in a floodplain, and take 'before' and 'after' pictures of your home and property. For more information on flooding, click here.
Thunderstorms can produce heavy rains, flash flooding, tornadoes, hail, strong winds, lightning, and wildfires.
- Use the 30/30 rule: If you see lightning and hear thunder within 30 seconds of each other, lightning is close enough to strike you.
- Stay indoors at least 30 minutes after you see the last flash of lightning.
- For this and other useful thunderstorm safety tips, go to here
Did you know that tornadoes can happen in Virginia? In fact, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), in 2018 Virginia earned a spot among the "top five tornadic states, relative to average," seeing a 183% increase over its 10-year average. Prince William County has seen its share of tornadic activity as well. According www.homefacts.com, the County is in the "Very High" risk category, having experienced 115 tornadoes since 1950. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management reminds us that "Peak tornado season in Virginia takes place from May to September" but they can happen any time of year.
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