Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Have you restocked your emergency preparedness supplies lately? It might be a good time to check.
If forecasters are correct, Greater Alexandria could be seeing about 5 inches of snow on Wednesday. Some predictions are that the snow will be that wet and heavy kind which could mean power outages. Are you prepared? By now, most of us know that we're supposed to stock up on essentials such as a three-day supply of water (at least one gallon per person), prescription medications, batteries, flashlights and fuel. But the recommendation to stockpile three days worth of food is a little less cut and dried when you're trying to plan for meals in a world without refrigeration or a means to cook. Obviously, you need nonperishable items such as canned goods and local supermarkets such as Giant, Safeway or Walmart will likely do a brisk trade in …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
FCPD talked to residents Sunday morning about moving their cars, valuables from basements.
The Fairfax County Police Department knocked on doors Sunday morning in flood-prone Huntington, talking to residents and handing out flyers with safety tips. Officers are encouraging residents to move their vehicles to high ground and move their valuables from their basements. The flyer also provided safety tips if there's a flood. FCPD advised residents not to wait for instructions to move and to be aware of streams, drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly. In the past, the Huntington area has been affected by flooding during extreme weather conditions. Captain Randy Joyce — commander of the Mount Vernon Police District — said in several of those incidents, they didn't have enough warning to prepare residents. "In most …
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Agencies, utilities, other services taking to social media to give residents advice on preparing for the coming storm.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Beth Lawton
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Dominion Virginia Power, Fairfax County and various organizations have been taking to Twitter to give residents tips about preparing for Hurricane Sandy, which could affect Northern Virginia Sunday through Tuesday. It is extraordinarily unlikely that Hurricane Sandy will ever make landfall in this area, but the outer bands of the storm, combined with early winter weather to the west and cold air coming from the north, could create what forecasters are now calling a “Frankenstorm.” “It is likely to hit during a full moon when tides are near their highest, increasing coastal flooding potential, NOAA forecasts warn. And with some trees still leafy and the potential for snow, power outages could last to Election Day, some meteorologists fear…