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The Blotter
With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD

National Preparedness Month

From Isabel in 2003 to Ingrid in 2013, the East Coast and Hampton Roads has seen its share of hurricanes.

Anyone who lives or has lived in downtown Norfolk (or in many other flood zones in the city) knows that heavy rain tends to hang around for some time with streets and intersections staying underwater for hours and sometimes days.

September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is, “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare.”

You’re probably asking yourself, “What is National Preparedness Month?” If you weren’t aware, it is the month to prepare yourself and your family for the possibility of Tornado’s, Hurricanes, Wildfires, Floods, Earthquakes and Winter Storms. According to www.ready.gov, there are tips to preparing yourself for the possibility of these disasters.

1. Be Informed - learn what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency.

2. Make a Plan - Prepare, plan and stay informed for emergencies.

3. Build a Kit - Build a Kit to be prepared for disasters (food, water, batteries, radio, etc)

4. Get Involved - Find opportunities to support community preparedness.

For more information, refer to the website www.ready.gov. There are publications and brochures that you can order that are free to the public.

Keep those tips, emails and suggestions coming to eric.flax@norfolk.gov and I look forward to, “seeing you in the Green Zone downtown.”

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