Severe Weather Awareness Week March 14-20, 2021

Are you prepared for Severe Weather and Flooding?
Below you will find steps to help you prepare for potential severe weather and flooding.


The U.S. National Weather Service has deemed next week (March 14-20) to be Severe Weather Awareness Week and Floor Awareness Week. 

This coming week is an ideal time to prepare for potential flooding ahead of spring rains and the upcoming hurricane season.

Flooding:

To purchase flood insurance or to determine what your cost would be, contact FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Call Center at 1-800-427-4661 or        e-mail floodsmart@fema.dhs.gov.

Severe Weather:

Sign up for CodeRED Alerts. 
CodeRED is a free, emergency notification service that sends critical communications and emergency information through phone calls, text messages, e-mails, social media and the CodeRED Mobile Alert app. To sign up, visit www.gloucesterva.info/409/CodeRed

With the COVID-19 pandemic still impacting the globe, it is suggested to have masks (one per person) and hand sanitizer in emergency kits in case a quick evacuation needs to be made. Other items to include in an emergency kit are:

- Water (one gallon per person per day for at least three days)
- Food (at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food)
- Battery-powered or hand-cranked radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with a tone alert
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First Aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Can opener
- Personal hygiene items

It is also recommended to maintain at least a weeks’ supply of prescription medications and store all valuables and insurance papers in a waterproof container in a safe area of your home.

Families should develop an emergency plan. This includes determining escape routes and a central meeting location, planning for pets and special needs, and planning for either sheltering in place or to evacuate. 

Gloucester’s Department of Emergency Management has full information packets available to residents to help them prepare for a disaster or emergency. For more information, contact the office at 804-693-1390 or visit www.gloucesterva.info/365/Emergency-Management. For more information about Severe Weather Awareness Week, visit https://www.weather.gov/akq/SevereWeatherAwareness