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Preparation is the best Protection: How to be ready for severe weather

City officials are currently monitoring the progress of Hurricane Irma as it advances towards the southeastern U.S. At this time it is too early to determine whether there will be a significant impact on Virginia or Lexington. Please stay tuned for updates.

In the meantime, it is important for citizens to get themselves, their families, and their homes prepared for any emergency. 

Know the Difference:
Hurricane Watch—Hurricane conditions are a threat within 48 hours. Review your hurricane plans, keep informed and be ready to act if a warningis issued.
Hurricane Warning—Hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours. Complete your storm preparations and leave the area if directed to do so by authorities.

How to Stay Informed:

  1. Monitor announcements from National Weather Service (Twitter: @NWS). 
  2. Stay tuned to Lexington Fire & Rescue (Twitter: @LexingtonFD; Facebook)
  3. Stay tuned to City of Lexington announcements (Twitter: @LexVAGov; Facebook)
  4. Subscribe to Alert Rockbridge to receive emergency messages via mobile phone, home phone, business phone or email. 

Basic Preparedness Tips:

  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
  • Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate.
  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Preparing Your Home:

  • Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.
  • Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.
  • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.
  • Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels.  

Follow the links below for additional preparedness information: