During a hurricane Richmond residents will likely be told to shelter in place rather than evacuate, unless you live in a low lying area near the James River. Sheltering in place and avoid traveling during the storm is advised. Having a plan to shelter in place and a family communication plan is critical to being prepared. Often major storms can impact or overwhelm communications infrastructure, making it difficult to call and communicate to your loved ones locally. Consider identifying a friend or relative out of town that family members can call and check in with to report their safety and well being. Oftentimes it is easier to make a call out of the impacted area than it is to make calls locally. Also consider having a plan to be self sufficient at home for 72 hours or 3 days without electricity.
Watch this video from the National Hurricane Center on planning for hurricane season: