The Floyd Information Network is sponsored by the County of Floyd VA.
Kevin W. Sowers, Emergency Management Coordinator
P. O. Box 218
120 West Oxford St.
Floyd County Courthouse
Floyd, Virginia 24091
Phone: (540) 745-9313
Fax: (540) 745-9305
24 Hours: (540) 745-9334
Make an Emergency Supply Kit
Recent derecho storms remind us we should be ready for emergencies
Hurricane season is here. And nearly everyone in Virginia recently experienced the historic derecho severe storms and extended power outages. Do you have an emergency supply kit?
Every family needs supplies on hand for these situations. Start your emergency kit with these essential items:
Three days’ of food that won’t spoil, such as canned goods and packaged foods
Three days’ of water, one gallon per person per day
A hand crank and/or battery-powered radio and extra batteries
A written family emergency plan
Once you gather these basics, put them in waterproof containers that you can carry or roll in case you need to leave your home quickly. Old suitcases or backpacks also can hold supplies.
Other items are useful in an emergency supply kit, such as flashlights with extra batteries (not candles), a first aid kit, a list of prescriptions and doctors and a supply of medications, food and water for your pets, and special items for babies, disabled or older family members.
Think that’s too much to do? At least get started with the essential items, and then add to your kit. For a fill-in or downloadable family emergency plan worksheet, go to www.ReadyVirginia.gov and click on Make a Plan.
Emergency preparedness is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least the first 72 hours, and everyone should have a family emergency plan, go to Ready.gov.
To see the current weather at the Floyd County Department of Emergency Management EOC weather station located at the County Administration Building, click on the following web link: http://www.weatherlink.com/user/floyd/.