Flooding is one of the major threats facing Virginia annually. According to the National Weather Service, flooding caused 176 fatalities nationwide and caused approximately $1.8 billion in damages in 2015. March is Flood Safety Awareness Month. Learn how to keep your family and property safe before the waters begin to rise.
GET YOUR FAMILY READY FOR A FLOOD
- Listen to local TV or radio for weather watches and warnings.
- Do you know the difference in these terms? Learn them so you know the level of risk you face.
- Be ready to evacuate. Don’t return to your home until local officials say it is safe. Use common sense and caution.
- If you see water rising quickly or a moving wall of mud and debris, immediately move to higher ground.
- Do not walk through moving water. A small amount of moving water can easily knock you down.
- Remember that after a flood, it could be hours or days before emergency personnel are able to reach you.
Virginians can find more information about keeping your family and home safe this flooding season by visiting http://www.vaemergency.gov/prepare-recover/threat/floods/.
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