Brooke is ready.

For the first time in several years, the Commonwealth of Virginia is slated to be impacted by a record-setting hurricane. Though forecasting models have not yet predicted exactly how the storm will impact the United States, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management is urging residents to understand their risk and make plans accordingly. Residents can, and should, expect high winds, power outages, trees and debris in roadways, flooding, and even a coastal surge.

The Brooke Volunteer Fire Department has been monitoring the situation in conjunction with the Stafford County Department of Emergency Management, The Stafford County Fire/Rescue Department, and many other partners. We are preparing a true all-hazards response, and urge everyone to stay alert, stay informed, and be prepared for anything.

Preparing yourself is critical to surviving this event. Remember the old adage - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!

Here are some key takeaways on how to ensure your safety throughout the event:
-Review your evacuation zone, evacuation route and shelter locations. Plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
-Evacuate if instructed to do so.
-Monitor the local news, radio, and other outlets for updated information.
-Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
-Turn Around, Don't Drown! Do not walk, swim, drive, or otherwise venture through flood waters.
-Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
-Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

More information is available from Ready.gov, The Governor's Office, and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.