Loudoun County, Va. (September 5, 2014) – Everyone needs an emergency plan. Loudoun County officials remind us that September is National Preparedness Month and a great time to take simple steps to prepare for an emergency.
• Make a family emergency plan. This may be the single most important action you can take. Discuss with your family what you will do in an emergency and how you will get in touch with each other. Write down your plan, and share it with family and friends. Loudoun County provides a link to easy-to-use online planners at www.loudoun.gov/readynova.
• Choose an out-of-town emergency contact. Identify an out-of-town relative or friend for your family to call when there is an emergency. It’s easier to make a long distance call than a local call when phone networks are jammed, and families may not be together when an emergency happens. When an emergency happens, each family member should call the out-of-town contact and say they are okay. Then the out-of-town contact can in turn call the other family members to relay messages. Also, if power is out in your area, an out-of-town contact may be able to access important local information online.
• Build an emergency kit. Start with a three-day supply of water and a three-day supply of food that doesn’t need refrigeration. Add a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with a weather band and extra batteries to hear information from local officials; flashlights and extra batteries; first aid kit and extra supply of medications; special items for babies, older family members and pets.
•Take additional precautions if you are disabled. People with disabilities may need to take additional steps to be ready. Plan how to handle power outages and/or being asked to evacuate. People with disabilities who live or work in Loudoun County may register with the County of Loudoun Evacuation Assistance Registry. More information is online at www.loudoun.gov/clear.
•Stay informed. Sign up to receive alerts from the county including emergency information, news releases, traffic information, and more through Alert Loudoun at www.loudoun.gov/alert; follow Loudoun County on Twitter at www.loudoun.gov/twitter; and on Facebook at www.loudoun.gov/facebook.