Get Ready for Winter Weather!

Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia is Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Recent Virginia winters have been cold and snowy, and many people had power outages.  Its so important to be winter-ready that the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have set aside Nov. 30-Dec. 6 as Winter Preparedness Week. 

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 than normal winter.  And El Nino winters can be snowier if atmospheric conditions are right just like the winter of 2009-10.

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 doesnt 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 cant return home?

  Get an emergency plan worksheet at

          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

          Download the Ready Virginia app. Free app for iPhone and Android features:

  Location-specific weather watches and warnings issued by NWS

  Disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management

  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

Prepared by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, November 2014

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