Disaster Information

When disaster strikes, you may need to locate official information from more than just your city or county of residence. Ready Hampton Roads pulls information from all over Hampton Roads so that you can find what you need quickly and easily.

Please note that this page is only updated during events and during recovery from disaster events

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Prepare

What does it take to protect yourself from disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, terrorism, and more? It’s a lot easier than you might think. Just follow these three simple steps right now, and you and your loved ones will be prepared for whatever emergencies might come your way.

 

Get a Kit

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Having an emergency supply kit is essential to making it through a disaster safely. At the minimum, make sure to fill your kit with enough of these essential items to last each person at least three days.

  • Food that does not need electricity for storage or for preparation
  • Manual can opener for food
  • At least three gallons of water per person
  • Battery-powered/hand-crank radio with weather band and extra batteries
  • Written family emergency plan
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Make a Plan

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Because emergency can strike at any time, it is important to decide ahead of time how you and your family will react if and when a disaster comes. Emergency plans should include:

  • Discussing with your family the types of disaster that are most likely to happen and what to do in each case
  • Deciding where your family will meet in case you can't return home
  • Asking an out-of-town friend or relative to be your emergency contact, making sure all familly members know to call this person in an emergency to check in
  • Making a visual or written record of your possessions to help you claim losses in the event of damage
  • Making additional plans for pets, and for elderly or disabled neighbors who might need extra assistance
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Be Informed

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During a disaster, its critical that you listen for information from emergency officials, so make sure a battery-powered radio is in your emergency kit. Also consider signing up your local alert program. Local media will convey instructions from the government such as:

  • Orders to evacuate
  • Details about evacuation routes and shelter
  • Weather warnings and watches
  • How to safely stay where you are
  • Where to find assistance
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This website was developed under a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Grant Programs Directorate (FEMA/GDP) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Points of view or opinions expressed on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of FEMA/GPD or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Sustainment funding is provided by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC).
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