Severe Weather Safety Tips
At Virginia Natural Gas, we want you and your family to be safe during hurricane season, which takes effect June 1 and lasts through Nov. 30. As the National Hurricane Center says, "Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy."
Remember: a Hurricane Watch means that there is a threat of a hurricane to coastal areas. Everyone in the area should listen for further information. A Hurricane Warning means a hurricane is expected in a specific coastal area within 24 hours or less.
* Have an Emergency Car Kit ready. It should include:
- Battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries
- Booster cables
- Fire extinguisher (5lb A-B-C type)
- First aid kit and manual
- Bottled water and non-perishable high energy foods such as granola bars, raisins and peanut butter.
* Stay tuned to radio or TV for critical bulletins.
* If ordered to evacuate, quickly secure your home and leave immediately. Follow evacuation orders regardless of what the weather is at the time. It may be sunny and calm when the evacuation order comes, but this lead time is necessary to ensure your safety.
* Move valuables to upper floors if possible to avoid water damage.
* Bring in pets and loose objects such as toys, furniture and trashcans.
* Fill containers with several days supply of drinking water (including sterilized bathtub).
* Turn up refrigerator to maximize cold and don’t open unless necessary.
* Use phones only for emergencies.
For more information about severe weather preparedness, visit the Department of Homeland Security online.