While we do not believe that Hurricane Irma poses an immediate threat to the citizens of Montgomery County, Va., we are working collectively with state agencies to monitor this storm.
To view comprehensive details related to building and maintaining an emergency preparation kit, visit www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.
Neal Turner, Montgomery County's Emergency Services Coordinator, has created a brief video to give you some highlights of things you should consider in the event that a severe storm does impact our region. Things to consider during your emergency preparations include:
- Secure outside furniture and tools due to potential high winds.
- Secure animals living outside, including pets and farm animals to keep them safe from potential high winds and significant rainfall.
- Prepare for sustained power outages – those lasting 12 to 24 hours.
- Make plans for keeping necessary foods and medicines in need of refrigeration at safe temperatures.
- Make sure you have flashlights with working batteries.
- Gather necessary medical supplies you might need: extra oxygen, prescriptions, etc.
Also, if you haven't already done so, please sign up for Citizen's Alert through the County's website. This will ensure that you receive updates in the case of an emergency.
As always, we will do our best to quickly and efficiently share updates related to Hurricane Irma on our website, montva.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.