Though Stafford County isn't a hotbed for hurricanes, being prepared is everyone's civic duty. Hurricane season is June 1st to to November 30th every year, and an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Preparing yourself and your home for an upcoming storm can save you time, money, and even your life. Here are some simple tips from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management's Hurricane Preparedness Guide:

  1. Get Cash and Gas - Without power, gas stations and ATMs may not be working during and after a storm.

  2. Stock Up on Supplies - You may not be able to get to grocery stores fro three days or more.

  3. Bring Things Inside - Trash cans, signs, and outdoor furniture can blow away and damage homes or injure people.

  4. Cover Windows with Plywood or Boards - Trees, debris, and other flying objects can shatter glass.

  5. Bag Important Documents - Passports, birth certificates, and insurance policies could get lost or soaked.

  6. Turn Off Gas - Leaking gas lines can cause fire or explosions.

  7. Unplug - Electrical equipment can cause electrocution, be destroyed, or start fires.

  8. Use Mobile Devices and Radio - Listen to local forecasts and NOAA radio; download the "Ready Virginia" app.

  9. Call 911 - If an emergency does happen, be sure to contact your local emergency response officials.

Unsure about the meaning of Watches and Warnings?
Watches are when the conditions are favorable and there is a pretty good chance the the event may happen.
Warnings are when the event is imminent. Take action immediately to safeguard life and property.