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Thursday, October 1, 2015
While uncertainty remains about the effect that Hurricane Joaquin may have on the U.S. East Coast and the city of Richmond, City departments will be placed in a standby mode beginning this evening. City residents are also encouraged to take precautions now and to prepare for any impact from this hurricane.
The City plans to initiate partial activation of its Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which operate out of Richmond Public Library’s downtown location. The City also will initiate standby shelters at two locations including Linwood Holton Elementary on the Northside and Blackwell Elementary on the Southside.
Ways in which the public can prepare include making an emergency supply kit to include essential supplies that will last at least three days. Supply kits should include a battery-powered radio and extra batteries, non-perishable food and water, toiletries, flashlights, a first aid kit and medications. Also, include items needed for infants, seniors, and pets. You may want to keep a second kit in your car in case you are told to evacuate.
Bring in or secure any object that may be blown about by high winds, including plants, patio furniture, garden décor, etc.
Do not connect your generator directly to your home’s wiring. Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be deadly to you and others. A generator that is directly connected to your home’s wiring may ‘back feed’ onto the power lines connected to your home.
In the event you must leave your home, create a family communications plan by discussing with your family what actions should be taken during an actual emergency. Decide in advance on a meeting place if your family cannot return home. Designate an out-of-town friend or relative as a point-of-contact, and plan for the specific needs of your household, such as transportation of medical equipment or pet evacuation needs.
The City asks that residents remain home during this weather event. If travel is necessary, please review the following suggestions:
If you do have to drive, drive cautiously and decrease speed;
Have a full tank of gas;
Have a cell phone with a full charge with you;
Never drive through a flooded street or high water;
Businesses also have a critical role in emergency preparedness. Putting a disaster plan in motion now will improve the likelihood that your business or company will survive and recover. Visit www.ready.gov/business for more information.
Although mass evacuations do not appear to be necessary with this weather event, City officials may decide some area evacuations are necessary. Residents should prepare to be self sustaining by having food that doesn’t need refrigeration and one gallon of water per person per day.
Residents are strongly advised to stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for the most current storm information. In the event your home loses electrical power, plan to have a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries ready so that you can hear weather information and instructions from officials.
For up-to-date information and additional instructions from the city of Richmond during the storm, please visit www.Richmondgov.com , follow the City on Twitter @CityRichmondVA, and stay tuned to local radio and television stations.
Posted by Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor at 4:10 PM