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2012 Hurricane Season Preparedness in Virginia-Are You Ready?

Aug. 13, 2012: Peak hurricane season occurs from August through October within the Atlantic basin, with maximum activity taking place from early to mid-September. Hurricanes and other violent storms can cause a great deal of property damage and even fatalities. In fact, this past June alone, windstorms and thunderstorms caused 13 storm-related fatalities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. You can be better prepared by stocking up on certain items and fortifying your home and/or businesses.

A Hurricane Preparedness guide will help in figuring out the items needed to prepare for a hurricane. FEMA provides disaster preparedness information online at http://www.ready.gov/,   where you will find valuable information on what to do before, during and after a disaster situation. There are also tips on preparing a plan for you and your family, building a disaster kit and safety advice.

In addition to stocking up on needed items before a disaster, it is also important to fortify your home to give it a better chance to survive the storm. “A lot of time and attention is devoted each year telling residents to stockpile adequate food and water supplies, fill prescriptions and keep cash on hand when a hurricane threatens – and rightly so,” says Nancy Rodrigues, Program Manager of Build Smart Virginia.  “An equally important question is, if they are faced with major property damage or complete destruction will they make the right choices in rebuilding to avoid the same result the next time a hurricane threatens?” says Rodrigues.

Build Smart Virginia” is the latest program of EarthCraftVirginia, a nonprofit organization that educates Virginians about the benefits of energy efficient and fortified homes. The Build Smart Virginia Program relies on state-of-the-art research from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) to provide information on ways to prevent or reduce the amount of property damage from a hurricane.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/08/02/4686091/reduce-impact-of-vas-peak-hurricane.html#storylink=cpy

Additional information can be found here : http://disastersafety.org/hurricane/