It only takes one storm to change your life. Hurricanes are a real threat to our community, making preparation critical. Hurricane season officially starts in June and historically the most active time of year for storms is late summer/early fall. However, the time to prepare is now and not when the storm is headed up the coast.
Every year we talk about knowing your evacuation zone, preparing your emergency kit, and getting flood insurance. All of that is still very important. Additionally, this year you might consider creating a written emergency plan. Having everything written down in one place will take the guesswork out when you’re in a potentially high-stress emergency. Write down where you store your supply kit and what items you have in it (make sure to keep that updated every season). Write down important phone numbers, such as Dominion Energy, Virginia Natural Gas, the Chesapeake Police non-emergency number and Customer Contact Center, and your insurance company.
Write down your action steps. If you’re told to evacuate, where would you go? What would you bring? If you’re staying put, do you have at least one contact outside of the impact area who can keep tabs on you? Have their contact information available. If your home is damaged, who do you call? Write all this down now, while you can think clearly, to make for easier decision making later.