Natural Disasters. Are You Prepared?
Recently in the Mid-Atlantic Region, spanning up from North Carolina to Pennsylvania we’ve been hit with a slew of natural disasters. Most of which are quite infrequent to Virginia except of late. In events like these being prepared is imperative. First, two days ago on Tuesday, August 23rd, we experienced an Earthquake of 5.9 and the morning after an aftershock of 4.5. It is said that aftershocks can be expected days to weeks after the initial earthquake. We’ve had a few slight rumbles within the past years, but nothing of this magnitude since 1875. In fact, this one caused the Washington Monument to crack and it is closed indefinitely. Now, within the same week, creeping up our eastern coast is 580 mile wide Hurricane Irene. The storm grade has gradually declined from 4 to 3 to 2, but still poses an extreme threat. Coastal surges, with potential flooding and damaging winds (40-85mph) are expected. So, how does one prepare for a natural disaster? Having a plan is half the battle. With the initial earthquake on Tuesday, phone towers were jammed due to the high volume of calls. Knowing how to get in touch with family & friends is a start. In order to begin making your own plan, check out this great list at the following link: Emergency Plan Checklist For more up-to-date storm information check www.weather.com