This week is Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia as proclaimed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Even though really cold winter temperatures have yet to arrive, the week serves as a good reminder to prepare now before severe weather does arrive.
Virginia could get a wetter-than-average and colder-than-average winter, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS has predicted above-median precipitation amounts for December, January and February for the commonwealth due to a strong El Niño effect. NWS also predicts that temperatures might be slightly below median levels.
“No matter what the predictions are, a significant winter storm is always possible,” said state emergency management coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “You can reduce the risk of loss of life and property during the winter months by taking measures before severe weather arrives, and follow the proper steps during and after winter storms.”
An important part of winter weather planning is being prepared to stay where you are until conditions improve. To be ready, take these steps:
• Prepare your emergency kit
• Make a plan
• Stay informed
For more information about how to prepare for emergencies, click on the link below or call 866-782-3470.