Ashburn, VA (November 30, 2015) – Winter Preparedness Week runs through December 5, 2015, but there is no expiration date on preparing for bad weather. An important part of winter weather planning is being prepared to stay where you are until conditions improve. To be ready, Loudoun County officials recommend these steps:
Get a kit. Basic emergency supplies include:
- Food and water for three days (one gallon of water per person per day)
- A battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries
- For businesses and offices, bottled water, protein 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 can’t return home?
- Find an easy-to-use online planning tool at www.loudoun.gov/readynova.
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 www.511Virginia.org. Local traffic incident information is online at www.loudoun.gov/traffic.
- Download the Ready Virginia app from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management: The free app features location-specific weather watches and warnings, a checklist for gathering emergency supplies, and a “I’m Safe!” notification that allows users to quickly send a text message to let family and friends know they are safe.
You may also sign up for alerts from Loudoun County, including emergency information, news releases, traffic information, and more, through Alert Loudoun at www.loudoun.gov/alert; and follow Loudoun County on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/
LoudounCountyVa and Twitter at https://twitter.com/ loudouncogovt. You can find more information about winter weather preparedness online at www.loudoun.gov/winter.