Hurricanes In Coastal Virginia – Preparing For Hurricanes Impacting Virginia Beach to Williamsburg, The Northern Neck And The Eastern Shore
The hurricane season in the Atlantic region is six months long, beginning June 1st and ending November 30th. September being the most active month. In 2018 there were a total of fifteen named storms, eight of which escalated into hurricanes.
Coastal Virginia is the state’s area most prone to hurricanes and tropical storms. Hurricanes and tropical storms impact Hampton Roads with their strong winds, rains, and storm surges. Tropical storms have wind speeds of 39 – 74 miles per hour. While hurricanes have wind speeds clocking at 75 miles per hour and greater. These high winds cause damage to trees, siding and guttering, and extensive damage to power lines and poles. It is not unusual to have power outages that last several days in Hampton Roads when a major storm hits our area.
Make A Plan
Thankfully tropical storms and hurricanes are not unexpected weather events like earthquakes and tornados. Radar and other weather tracking systems monitor storms when they are far from landfall. As severe storms progress from tropical to hurricane levels, potentially impacted areas are alerted. Stay informed and make necessary preparations to brace for the storm for your family and property.
Make A Kit
Every home in Hampton Roads should be prepared for a major storm with an emergency kit. Hurricanes and tropical storms could create loss of power or cut-off your water supply. Flooding and high winds may cause damage to your vehicle or roadways eliminating your ability to drive or leave your home. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two weeks’ worth of supplies. Use the following list of supplies to get started on your hurricane preparedness emergency kit.
- Safe water, for both drinking and sanitation, one gallon per person per day
- Non-perishable food items and a manual can-opener
- Baby food, formula, diapers if needed
- Any prescription medicines
- First aid kit
- Battery powered radio
- Extra batteries
- Portable chargers for your digital devices
- Towelettes, wipes, garbage bags
- Soap / hand sanitizer
- Wrench/pliers to turn off utilities
- Copies of important documents (especially property insurance) in a water-proof storage
Plan For Your Pets
When a hurricane is nearing Hampton Roads, be sure to include special considerations for your pets. Make plans for the care of your pets during the storm. If you will be evacuating or seeking shelter be sure to have a pet-friendly place for your pet. A safe place where your pet can stay while you are gone. Along with your family hurricane preparedness kit, create a kit for your pets as well. Your pet emergency kit should include the following:
- Supply of pet food for at least five days
- Safe drinking water
- Medication, if necessary
- Waste bags
- Leash / tags
- Pet toys for entertainment
- Copies of important documents such as proof of ownership, and shot records in water-proof storage
Know Your Zone
Surrounded by water, Hampton Roads often faces issues with flooding when tropical storms and hurricanes head our way. Not only is our coastal community impacted by the torrential rainfall, but storm surges often flood neighborhoods in our area that are below sea-level. When an impending storm is nearing Hampton Roads, local authorities will announce flood-related evacuation precautions based on flood zones. Know your home’s flood zone to determine if your home is in a zone where evacuation has been issued.
Prepare For Power Outages With A Whole Home Generator
One way you can keep the lights on at your home when your neighborhood has lost power is with a home standby generator. The purpose of a home standby or whole home generator is to provide your home back-up power when your home’s prime power source is lost. Standby generators run on either natural gas or liquid propane. A home standby generator is a permanent fixture on the exterior of your home, just like a central air conditioner. These generators can be set-up with an automatic transfer switch. This switch recognizes when the prime power source from your home is lost and automatically transfers to the generator for power. Generators can be chosen to power your entire home or to power select essential items.
Contact Smith & Keene’s expert generator team today. Not only does Smith & Keene’s team install the generator and automatic transfer switch, we can guide you in selecting the best generator to power your home in it’s time of electrical need.
Call us today for a free consultation and never be caught off guard again 757-420-1231.