Floyd County
P.O. Box 218
Floyd, VA 24091
(540) 745-9300
E-Mail: info@floydcova.org


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Emergency Preparedness

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

Cell: (540)392-9914
24 Hours: (540) 745-9334

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Get Ready for Winter Weather!
Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia is Nov. 30-Dec. 6

Recent Virginia winters have been cold and snowy, and many people had power outages.  It’s so important to be winter-ready that the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have set aside Nov. 30-Dec. 6 as Winter Preparedness Week. 

No matter the predictions, a significant winter storm is always possible.  With an El Nino weather pattern expected this season, there could be a wetter than normal winter.  And El Nino winters can be snowier if atmospheric conditions are right … just like the winter of 2009-10.

Remember: an important part of winter weather planning is being prepared to stay where you are until conditions improve.  To be ready, take these steps:

  • Get a kit.  Basic emergency supplies include: 
    • Three days’ food that doesn’t need refrigeration or electricity to prepare it
    • Three days’ water (a gallon per person per day)
    • A battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries
    • For businesses and offices, some bottles of water, food bars and a radio or TV to hear local information about whether or not it is safe to travel
    • A power pack for recharging cell phones and other mobile devices
  • Make a plan.  Everyone needs an emergency plan:
    • Decide who your out-of-town emergency contact will be.
    • Where will you meet up with family members if you can’t return home?
    • Get an emergency plan worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov.
  • Stay informed.  Before, during and after a winter storm, you should:
    • Listen to local media for information and instructions from emergency officials.
    • Be aware of winter storm watches and warnings and road conditions.
    • Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.
    • Get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or checking www.511Virginia.org
  • Download the Ready Virginia app. Free app for iPhone® and Android™ features:
  • Location-specific weather watches and warnings issued by NWS
  • Disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
  • A customizable family emergency plan that can be easily shared
  • A checklist for gathering emergency supplies
  • Links to register for local emergency alerts, and more

Prepared by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, November 2014
(804) 897-6510                                   pio@vdem.virginia.gov                                    www.ReadyVirginia.gov

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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/.

 

 



 
 

 

 

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