Get Ready for Winter Weather!
Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia is Nov. 29-Dec. 5
Winter in Virginia can be cold, snowy and icy, resulting in power outages and travel disruptions. The National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have set aside Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 as Winter Preparedness Week to remind everyone to prepare for severe weather.
No matter the predictions, a significant winter storm is always possible. With an El Nino weather pattern expected this season, there could be a wetter and colder than normal winter.
Remember: an important part of winter weather planning is being prepared to stay where you are until conditions improve. To be ready, take these steps:
- Get a kit. Basic emergency supplies include:
- Three days’ food that doesn’t need refrigeration or electricity to prepare it
- Three days’ water (a gallon per person per day)
- A battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries
- For businesses and offices, some bottles of water, food bars and a radio or TV to hear local information about whether or not it is safe to travel
- A power pack for recharging cell phones and other mobile devices
- Make a plan. Everyone needs an emergency plan:
- Decide who your out-of-town emergency contact will be.
- Where will you meet up with family members if you can’t return home?
- Get an emergency plan worksheet at ReadyVirginia.gov.
- Stay informed. Before, during and after a winter storm, you should:
- Listen to local media for information and instructions from emergency officials.
- Be aware of winter storm watches and warnings and road conditions.
- Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.
- Get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or checking www.511Virginia.org
- Download the Ready Virginia app. Free app for iPhone® and Android™ features:
- Location-specific weather watches and warnings issued by NWS
- "I’m Safe!" notification that allows users to quickly send a text message to let family and friends know they are safe
- A customizable family emergency plan that can be easily shared
- A checklist for gathering emergency supplies
- Links to register for local emergency alerts, and more
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