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Hurricane Prep: Get ready for the storm
Chesapeake is no stranger to hurricanes, so take a moment and learn how to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane.
Sign up for Chesapeake Alert for emergency notifications by email, phone or text. Make sure to sign up and stay up to date.
Know where to go. Make sure you also know your evacuation zone, so you know when to go.
Make a family emergency communication plan.
Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads. A basic kit could include the following items:
- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days.
- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with a backup battery
(Make sure to also fully charge your phone before a storm.)
Check your insurance coverage, damages caused by flooding are not covered under normal homeowner's insurance policies.
Learn more about hurricane awareness, preparation, and response, visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes
Join America's PrepareAthon, a grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience, and help prepare your community for relevant hazards through group discussions, drills, and innovative communications-related products.
- Virginia Hurricane Preparedness Guide (May 2015)[pdf]
- Hurricanes, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
- Hurricanes, Ready.gov