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 www.floodsmart.gov 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 www.ReadyVirginia.gov.
- Equally important, businesses should be prepared with emergency plans to improve the likelihood that your company may recover from a disaster. Visit www.ready.gov/business 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
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971