Tuesday, May 9, 2017
While hurricanes can develop anytime, it is during the late summer months into the fall that hurricanes are most likely to effect the east coast. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) is forecasting 4 hurricanes this season which includes 1-2 storms classified as major. While this season is predicted to be below average it only takes one hurricane to devastate a community. It is important to remember hurricanes result in power outages from damaging winds and falling trees. For inland communities like Richmond, flooding is the biggest threat. Richmond has adopted strategies to lessen the impact of rising river water and localized flooding but it is equally important to understand the responsibilities of residents.
Pay attention to the forecasts, hurricanes change strength and direction frequently resulting in often changing areas of impact. Remember that hurricanes don’t have to make a direct hit for communities to experience heavy rains and damaging winds. Understand the risk of flooding at your home and work including your daily commute and consider learning alternative routes.
For more information on hurricanes go to NOAA’s Tropical Cyclone Guide: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/hurricane/resources/TropicalCyclones11.pdf
Watch this video from the National Hurricane Center on Inland Flooding: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omJoz2u3rZI
Post Gaston 2004 Shockoe Bottom
Thursday, June 2, 2016
It’s June 2nd and though the skies may be clear now and the seas calm, June 1st is the official start of hurricane season, the start of six months of keeping one eye on the weather at all times. Hurricane season extends from June 1st to November 30th each year. The likelihood of Richmond experiencing a hurricane grows to a peak in the late summer months of August and into September. Advances in technology allow meteorologists to predict with greater accuracy the projected path and severity of these massive storms. Hurricanes that make landfall and impact the Richmond metro area may not be as strong as when they hit the coast but can still bring heavy rains, flooding, strong winds, and even tornados. In addition to the potential flooding, this impact can still cause significant damage to include large numbers downed trees resulting in massive long term power outages and damage to homes and other property.
The 2016 Atlantic Hurricane season is expected to be the most active since 2012. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) outlook called for a near normal season with 10-16 named storms, with four to eight hurricanes and one to four “major” ones with winds reaching 111 mph and up. The long term season averages are 12 named storms, with six hurricanes and three major ones. Learn more: http://www.noaa.gov/
Now is the time to:
- • Review plans and procedures including response and individual agency emergency action plans and continuity of operations (COOP) plans
- • Check critical equipment and supplies
- • Backup critical data and address how to protect vital records
- • What critical resources will you need to maintain a service level
Additionally, here are some tips to provide to family, friends and neighbors:
- • Build an emergency kit for 72 hours with water, food, flashlight, battery-powered radio, first aid kit, medications, copies of important papers, extra cash among other items
- • Talk with members of your household about an evacuation plan and practice it before an emergency
- • Be informed
- • Learn more: http://www.readyvirginia.gov/
Remember it only takes one! So let’s ensure our departments as well as families are ready this hurricane season. The Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance is hosting Survivor Day at multiple locations in Central Virginia to help citizens prepare. For more information and to sign up, please follow this link: http://www.survivorday.com/home.php
Friday, May 20, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
All types of flooding should be taken seriously. Never underestimate the potential damage or harm that a flood can cause. A foot of water can float most vehicles so avoid driving through flooded roadways. Also do not walk through flood waters as they often contain harmful chemicals or debris that could potentially cause injury.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
- If indoors, move away from windows and go to the your buildings lowest level
- If outdoors, seek shelter immediately
- If in a mobile home, leave and take shelter in a sturdier building
- If driving, pull of the road away from trees and utility poles which have the potential to fall