A tornado in April 2013. Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. The June 29, 2012, Derecho. The Fredericksburg area has been hit by a series of major storms. We should be experts at preparing. But just in case, here's a list of 13 reminders.
- Charge your electronic devices, including cell phones, laptops and eBook readers.
- Forgo candles. They're a huge fire hazard. Instead, purchase flashlights and lanterns and batteries to run them. You may even want to consider self-powered, hand crank lanterns.
- Pull out your large cooler and buy a bag of ice to store in your freezer. If your power goes out, you'll have somewhere to store food for a short time. Don’t' wait and see. Stores quickly sell-out of supplies once the power is out.
- Fill you car with fuel. If the power goes out, so do the pumps and the cash registers.
- Have cash on hand. ATMs won't work without power.
- Check your prescriptions and required medical devices to ensure you have what you need to get you through the potential of several days recovery from a weather event.
- Input all your important telephone numbers and emails into your smart phone. You won't have to hunt for them later.
- Stock up on water to drink. Fill your bathtub with water to be used for pets and household needs.
- Keep grocery shopping to a minimum, in case of outages. Buy mainly non-perishable items to see you through 72 hours, as recommended by FEMA. Don't forget pet food.
- Clear leaves from gutters and storm drains to improve water flow.
- Secure items outside your home, including planters, children's toys, bird feeders, patio furniture, garbage cans ... anything that could become a missile in high winds.
- Make sure you have an emergency kit ready to go. FEMA recommends this Emergency Supply List.
- Check on neighbors who may need your help preparing for and coming through the storm.
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For more information, refer to the Storm Central Hub with Fredericksburg area weather forecasts and information to prepare for and resolve storm related situations. Check back for updates.
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