PRINCE GEORGE FIRE & EMS

MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Person:  Brad Owens, Director Prince George Fire & EMS 804.722.8614

September 12, 2018

(Prince George, VA)
Prince George County Fire and EMS urges citizens to be prepared.

As Hurricane Florence approaches, Prince George County Fire and EMS urges citizens to be prepared for the potential impact. Citizens are encouraged to:

Build a go kit -

  • Have enough water, one gallon per person per day, and non-perishable items to last everyone for up to 96 hours.
  • Make sure all medications are refilled, properly stored and carried.
  • Have first aid supplies on hand.
  • Have a battery operated or hand crank NOAA weather radio with extra batteries.
  • Have emergency contact information up-to-date.
  • Place all important documents into a waterproof container to keep with you at all times to include insurance documents, identification, and birth certificates.

Make a plan -

  • Determine how you will evacuate your family and where you will go.
  • Determine how you will communicate with family members both local and distant. Have a point of contact for all family members in the case of separation.
  • Make sure all utilities are shut-off safely - Call a professional if needed.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors. Remember to take down outdoor umbrellas as they can cause serious damage and break windows.
  • Plan now to avoid travel once impacts begin

Be informed -

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information on road closures, weather updates, and possible evacuation instruction.
  • Heavy rains and high winds can hazardous travel conditions, especially with the ground already saturated in many areas. Once the storm begins, motorists should be alert to flooded roadways, downed trees and loss of power across the commonwealth.
  • By staying off roads, VDOT teams, emergency service providers and utility crews will be able to reach those in need as soon as possible.

For more information please visit the following websites:

http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stay-informed/hurricane/preparingforhurricanes http://www.ready.gov/america/beinformed/hurricanes.html  http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/

http://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricanes