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Hurricane season is upon us: prepare now with these tips and supplies

You don’t need to be a doomsday prepper to be ready for a disaster. Creating an emergency preparedness kit is easy, and will help you make it through a bad storm.

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You don’t need to be a doomsday prepper to be ready for a disaster. Creating an emergency preparedness kit is easy, and helps you make it through a bad storm.

Hurricane Harvey’s devastating flooding is a stark reminder of what can happen when powerful storms make landfall. And Richmond isn’t immune. Thirteen years ago this week, Tropical Storm Gaston unleashed its fury on the area, flooding Shockoe Bottom and other areas around town, requiring a massive cleanup effort that lasted for several years.

Photo: City of Richmond

Richmond leaders met at City Hall Tuesday to brush up on plans and ensure the city is ready when–not if–another storm hits our area. But are you and your family prepared yourselves?

Below are items that you should consider adding to your kit. You can also save yourself the trouble and buy one from the American Red Cross. Store your kit in a waterproof container that is easy to access. Check the kit once a year to make sure the food hasn’t expired, the batteries are good to go and any other perishables like medicine are still usable.

Prep kit essentials

  • Food: At least three days worth of food that doesn’t require electricity to store. Make sure you include a can opener for canned food, along with utensils. Don’t ever use a gas grill inside.
  • Water: You should have at least 3 gallons of water per person. These are for both drinking and sanitation.
  • Radio: You should keep a battery-powered or hand-crank radio with you to monitor weather conditions if the power goes out. Keep extra batteries on hand.A great radio to have is a NOAA Weather Radios. These are receivers that can pick up important NWS (National Weather Service) warnings and alerts for your area. Basic AM/FM radios aren’t able to pick up the frequency that NWS broadcasts are transmitted on, so look for a radio that is Public Alert™ certified or has the NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) All Hazards logo.
  • No Radio? Get the App: The NOAA Radar Pro app can come in handy, but remember during storms or other disasters cell phone service can be spotty or non-existent.
  • Emergency Plan: It’s good to have a written plan with important contacts, addresses, and medications. Keep in mind that your phone won’t do you any good if its battery runs out and there’s no electricity to charge it. Having important information written down may come in handy.
  • Cash: Cash is king when the power is out and you can’t get the ATM to cough up your money.

Other important items

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Prescription medication and eyewear
  • Dust mask
  • Sanitation supplies: moist towelettes, toilet paper, soap, and garbage bags.

Extra items to consider

  • Items for infants and toddlers
  • Books, games, puzzles, and other activities for children
  • Pet supplies
  • Local maps
  • Documents like insurance policies, family documents (store in waterproof container)
  • Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
  • Extra clothing
  • Paper towels, napkins, and plastic utensils

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.