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Virginia Cooperative Extension encourages residents to plan ahead during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 15-21.

Virginia Cooperative Extension is encouraging residents to plan ahead during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 15-21, 2016. Hurricanes are one of the most common natural disasters that Virginia experiences. In addition to high winds, other hazards also follow hurricanes including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, and tornadoes.   Hurricane season begins June 1, so begin planning now.

One of the greatest hazard risks for Virginia residents during hurricane season is flooding. This risk is particularly high in the many coastal communities of Virginia where the elevation is very low and the impact from storm surge is increased. However, inland areas are also susceptible to flooding, especially along rivers and streams that can overflow their banks during intense and sustained periods of rainfall. Even if you have never experienced a flood in the past, it doesn’t mean that you won’t in the future.

What many homeowners don’t know is that standard homeowner’s insurance policies do not typically cover flooding. In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program to help provide a means for property owners and those who rent property to financially protect themselves. However, to be eligible for flood insurance, you must live in a community that participates in the NFIP. Fortunately, most communities in Virginia do participate in the NFIP. To find the listing, go to: https://www.fema.gov/cis/VA.html In addition, not all insurance companies participate with the NFIP to sell and service flood insurance policies, so check with your local provider to find out if they do.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension offers tips to prepare for El Niño winter

Do not overexert yourself when shoveling snow or stay outdoors for long periods of time. Photo credit: Extension Disaster Education Network

Do not overexert yourself when shoveling snow or stay outdoors for long periods of time. Photo credit: Extension Disaster Education Network

Virginia Cooperative Extension at Virginia Tech has a number of tips to help people prepare for the winter and keep their families, property, and animals safe.

El Niño is coming and this year the warming of the equatorial eastern Pacific Ocean will likely affect the mid-Atlantic states to a degree not seen in 20 years. This has the potential to bring a wetter than normal winter for Virginia, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Temperatures in Virginia are projected to be close to normal along with other mid-Atlantic states. Because of the projected increase in precipitation, however, Virginia is vulnerable to significant winter conditions such as snow and ice this year.

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Extension encourages residents to plan ahead during National Hurricane Preparedness Week

BLACKSBURG, Va., May 21, 2015 – Virginia Cooperative Extension is encouraging residents to plan ahead during National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which is May 24-30.

Hurricanes are one of the most common natural disasters in Virginia. In addition to high winds, other hazards also follow hurricanes including storm surges, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, and tornadoes. Hurricane season begins June 1, so begin planning now. To help individuals with planning, the Virginia Department of Taxation is having a Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday from May 25-May 31. Many items needed for emergency planning are exempt from sales tax including batteries and flashlights, bottled water, tarps, first aid kits, portable radios, and more. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has a complete list of eligible items.

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Virginia Cooperative Extension encourages Virginians to prepare for winter

Do not overexert yourself when shoveling snow or stay outdoors for long periods of time. Photo credit: Extension Disaster Education Network

Do not overexert yourself when shoveling snow or stay outdoors for long periods of time. Photo credit: Extension Disaster Education Network

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 26, 2014 – The National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have set Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2014, as Winter Preparedness Week.

“We live in an area where snow, ice, and low temperatures are common, and winterizing your home is a good first step in preparing for winter months,” said Michael Martin, Virginia Cooperative Extension emergency response and preparedness coordinator. “Make sure that your home is well-insulated and that water lines are protected from freezing.”

According to Martin, Virginia is vulnerable to severe winter weather that can bring extended periods of freezing temperatures, high winds, heavy snow accumulation, freezing rain, and ice accumulation.

“The effects of these storms can include power outages, downed trees and tree branches, blocked roadways, and broken water pipes,” Martin said. “Residents may also find themselves without power or heat for several days and may be unable to leave their homes due to the storm’s effects.”

Martin encourages Virginians to prepare for power outages.

“Some things to consider include heat sources, light sources, food, and water. Don’t forget your pets and livestock as well,” Martin said. “As with preparation for all emergencies, get a kit, make a plan, and stay informed.”

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Learn how to prepare your farm for severe weather

It is important for farmers to know the steps to take to protect their farms, families, and workers if severe weather strikes.

It is important for farmers to know the steps to take to protect their farms, families, and workers if severe weather strikes.

BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 15, 2014 – September is National Preparedness Month and it is a good time for farmers to know the steps to take to protect their farms, families, and workers if severe weather strikes.

“Planning is essential to reducing the potential damage from hurricanes, tropical storms, and winter storms,” explained Michael Martin, Virginia Cooperative Extension emergency response and preparedness coordinator. “Preparing now can help farmers avoid learning hard lessons later.”

To prepare, farmers need to have backup plans for electricity for their barns and other critical farm facilities. “Livestock operations should maintain emergency plans that address power needs and on-site feed capabilities,” said Martin. “Farmers should have a transfer switch properly installed so they can use a generator. A properly installed transfer switch is critical for the protection of farm facilities and utility workers.”

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