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Safety Tips

Please use the provided links as resources for fire safety, personal safety, preparedness and prevention techniques.

Seasonal Safety Tips:


Virginia Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Get ready to save money! The Virginia Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is May 25-31, 2015!

Go shopping the last week of May and save money on lots of useful items. Virginia’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is May 25-31.

Before the storms hit, stock up on many supplies for protecting your home and business and you won’t pay sales tax on them.

Examples of items that are tax-exempt with a price of $60 or less:

  • Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice  
  • Batteries, excluding car or boat batteries
  • Portable self-powered light sources, including flashlights and lanterns and glow sticks
  • First aid kits
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Weather Band radios and NOAA Weather Radios
  • Portable self-powered radios, including radios with electrical power capability
  • Bottled water of any size, including flavored and carbonated
  • Two-way radios
  • Manual can openers
  • Tarps, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths
  • Bungee cords and rope
  • Ground anchor systems, tie down kits
  • Ratchet straps
  • Duct tape
  • Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers
  • Empty gas, propane or diesel fuel tanks or containers
  • Water storage containers such as buckets, barrels, canteens, coolers

Shop for items on this list that have a sales price of $1,000 or less:

  • Portable generators and generator power cords
  • Inverters and inverter power cables.

Retail outlets will have information about the tax holiday.  For more, go to www.vaemergency.gov and www.ReadyVirginia.gov.


Emergency Alert System logoSign 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.




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