Protect your property now

June 15, 2011  //  

Ready Virginia


Protect your property now

Tropical storms and floods often threaten Virginia 

What should property owners, business owners and renters be doing before tropical weather systems affect Virginia? 

  • Most importantly, consider getting flood insurance.  Most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.  Inland flooding is often a problem in Virginia, so a direct hit from a hurricane isn’t necessary for there to be extensive damage.  Get free info at or call 1-888-379-9531.  Talk to your insurance agent now.  Coverage usually takes 30 days before it goes into effect.

  • Permanent storm shutters are the best protection for windows. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.  Another option is to cover windows with 5/8” plywood.

  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your property are well trimmed.

  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

  • Get a portable battery-powered/hand crank radio with NOAA weather band so you can hear information even when the power is out.  Have plenty of batteries on hand.

  • Store drinking water.  Have at least a three-day supply: one gallon per person per day.

  • Families should have an emergency plan. Get a fill-in form at

  • Equally important, businesses should be prepared with emergency plans to improve the likelihood that your company may recover from a disaster. Visit for more.

What should residents do if a tropical storm warning is issued? 

  • Most importantly, listen to a battery-powered radio or television for instructions from local officials. 

  • Those in mobile homes should check tie downs and go to a sturdier building for shelter.

  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries. Don’t use open flames such as kerosene lamps and candles for light.

  • Be sure you have at least a three-day supply of food that doesn’t need refrigeration or electricity for preparation.

  • Store valuables and personal papers in a waterproof container on the highest level of your home.

  • Stay inside, away from windows, skylights and glass doors.

  • If power goes off, turn off major appliances to reduce power “surge” when electricity is back on.



    Prepared by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, June 2011      

    (804) 897-6510                                                  

    Be ready. Be willing to help.

    Virginia Disaster Relief Fund