Forecasts are what local emergency managers rely on, the accuracy and detail matter a great deal to the decisions made at the local level. For hurricanes, advancements in technology allows forecasters to predict where the storm will make landfall and what intensity. Once the storm begins approaching and the path is becoming more defined, watches and warnings will be issued for the impacted areas. Local Emergency Management Offices begin monitoring the information soon after these storms form. Coordination occurs with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and neighboring emergency management organizations. Once it is apparent that the storm will impact the Richmond area, the City takes steps to mitigate potential issues as well as notify residents of what to expect and how to prepare for their families. Widespread power outages are expected with large storms such as hurricanes, and preparedness is centered on what you would need to shelter in place for three days with no electricity. With any storm it is important to follow local forecasts and be aware of the expected or potential impact. Follow instructions given by local officials on how to protect yourself and your family.
Watch this video from the National Hurricane Center on forecasting hurricanes: