Please use the provided links as resources for fire safety, personal safety, preparedness and prevention techniques.
Seasonal Safety Tips:
September is National Preparedness Month!
September is National Preparedness Month and the perfect time for families to get ready for whatever may come.
- Make a plan. This may be the single most important thing you can do, and it’s free. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. Update your contact information and post it in visible places in your home and workplace. For help, use the free emergency plan worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov or get the Ready Virginia app.
- Set aside emergency supplies. Don’t wait for a storm. Buy preparedness items throughout the year instead of all at once. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. If you don’t have emergency supplies, September is a good time to get started. Get a list at www.ReadyVirginia.gov.
- Request a gift. We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from friends and family.
- Store water. You don’t have to buy expensive bottled water. Just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight. Have at least a three-day supply of water on hand – that’s one gallon per person per day.
- Check your policy. Take a few minutes to review your insurance policy during National Preparedness Month. Get with your agent to make any necessary changes. Consider adding flood insurance because most policies don’t include it. Renters, you can get flood insurance, too. When a disaster strikes, you want to be sure that your coverage will get you back on your feet.
Sign up for the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Alert System.
If you live or work in the City of Harrisonburg or Rockingham County you can now register for this free notification system which sends alerts about emergency-related events or life-threatening weather events such as a tornado or flash flood warning.
These alerts can be received in the form of a text message or a telephone call.
Emergency Supply Kits
Do you have an emergency supply kit?
Every family needs supplies on hand. Start your emergency kit with these essential items:
- Three days of food that won’t spoil, such as canned goods and packaged foods.
- Three days of water, one gallon per person per day.
- A hand crank and/or battery-powered radio and extra batteries.
- A written family emergency plan.
Once you gather these basics, put them in waterproof containers that you can carry or roll in case you need to leave your home quickly.
Other items are useful in an emergency supply kit, to learn more, visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov.