Campbell County: Residents Advised to Prepare for Hurricane Florence

posted by Caroline Cook - 

Campbell County could see heavy rain, flash flooding, downed trees, loss of power, or even the possibility of tornadoes depending on Hurricane Florence's  final trajectory and intensity which, as of today, remains unclear.  Local public safety officials are closely monitoring the path of the storm and encourage residents to be aware of its possible effects and prepare in advance. 

  • Make a kit, get a plan, and stay informed.  To learn more, click HERE
  • Have enough food, fresh water and personal care items for you, your family, and pets to last at least three days in case you lose power. 
  • Have any needed medications in supply.  If you rely on electronic medical equipment, make sure back-up systems are working properly.
  • Keep important documents, phone numbers and cash easily accessible. 
  • Have a family/friend/neighbor contact plan to check on others. 
  • Charge cell phones and electronic devices in advance; fill vehicles' gas tanks.
  • If you must use a generator, use according to manufacturer's instructions and check that sufficient ventilation is present. 
  • Secure your property of anything that could cause damage if high wind becomes an issue (dead tree limbs, lawn/porch items, etc.). 
  • Only travel if necessary during severe weather and DO NOT CROSS FLOOD WATERS.  Roadways could be damaged beneath flood waters and a few inches of water can sweep vehicles away.  TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN.
  •  Only call 911 if you are experiencing an emergency.  This keeps 911 lines open for those who are in critical need. 
  • For power or internet outages, call the service provider directly. 
  • Sign up for CodeRED alerts affecting your area.  Also stay tuned to local media for advisories and updated weather conditions. 
  • Monitor any Virginia road closing at www.511virginia.org. 

“Those in low lying areas and flood zones should monitor this hurricane very closely. Be prepared to seek a safer, higher location if projections indicate a full impact of rain and flooding for our area,” said Tracy Fairchild, Campbell County Public Safety Director. “It’s too soon to tell what the next few days will hold. Our message now to local residents is be aware and be prepared.”


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