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September Recognized as National Preparedness Month
September is recognized as National Preparedness Month, and the City of Lynchburg is encouraging business owners and residents to make the preparations necessary in the event of an emergency.
“We are encouraging everyone to be prepared in advance of a natural disaster, major emergency or accident,” said Mayor Joan Foster. Advanced planning and preparation can make all the difference when an emergency strikes.”
Everyone is strongly encouraged to prepare for emergencies, including hurricanes, by taking these steps:
• Sign up for Lynchburg Alerts. This free service offered by the City of Lynchburg gives the City the capability of making notifications before, during and after an emergency. Sign up at www.LynchburgAlerts.com.
• Assemble an emergency supply kit for your home, office and car. Important items to have during an emergency include: cell phone backup power, batteries, flashlights, bottled water, non-perishable food, first aid kit, battery-powered or hand-crank radio and a portable generator. Account for necessary items for pets, children, the elderly and family members with disabilities. For a complete list of important emergency items, visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov.
• Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™. Features include: National Weather Service warnings, customizable emergency plan, an emergency supplies checklist, the “I’m Safe!” text feature for notifying friends and family in an emergency and an interactive map to identify potential storm surge risks.
• Create a family emergency communications plan.
- Decide how and where everyone will meet up with each other if separated.
- Choose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family and give that person’s phone number to each family member.
- Make a sheet of emergency contacts and post it in visible places in your home and workplace, rather than relying on smartphones or online contact lists.
- Get a free emergency plan worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov, www.ListoVirginia.gov or use the Ready Virginia app.
• Talk to an insurance agent about flood insurance.
- Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flooding; often, this is a separate policy. Renters and business owners also can get flood insurance.
- Often times, just one inch of water in a mid-size home or office can result in about $20,000 in repairs.
- Go to www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531 for more information. Typically, there’s a 30-day waiting period from the date of purchase before the policy goes into effect.