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Various sizes of sterile, adhesive bandages. Sterile gauze pads and roller bandages in a variety of sizes. Hypoallergenic adhesive tape. Scissors and tweezers. Needle, for sewing. Bars of soap in plastic bags. Antiseptic spray. Hydrogen peroxide. Rubbing alcohol. Iodine. Thermometer. Ointments for burns and cuts. Latex gloves. Aspirin, ibuprofen and antacid.

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Canned food. Manual can opener. Pudding, applesauce, fruit. Individually packaged drinks. Raisins and other dried fruits. Nuts. Energy bars. Ready-made baby formula. Baby food in jars. Unscented bleach.

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Water: At least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days; also, make extra ice before the storm hits. Food: At least enough for 3 to 7 days, mostly nonperishable packaged or canned food, juices. Blankets, pillows, etc. Items for infants or the elderly. Snacks. Nonelectric can opener. Cooking tools, fuel. Paper plates, plastic utensils. Clothing. Rain gear. First-aid kit, medicines, prescription drugs. Sturdy shoes. Toys, books and games. Toiletries. Hygiene items. Moisture wipes. Flashlight, batteries. Battery-operated, NOAA weather radios. Keys. Cash: Banks and automatedteller machines may not be open for a while. Important documents in waterproof container. Insurance, medical records, bank-account numbers, Social Security card, etc. Videotape that documents all valuables. Tools: Keep a set with you. Vehicle fuel tanks filled. Proper IDs, immunization records for pets.

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As we enter hurricane season once again, we want to stress the importance of having a set of emergency paperwork at your fingertips. If you find yourself under orders to evacuate, you should have an emergency paperwork kit that you can have at your disposal in a moment’s notice.

We recommend: 1. Last will and testament 2. Trust Paperwork 3. Social Security Card, Driver’s License or other forms of identification 4. Cemetery Paperwork 5. DD 214 ( Military) 6. Family History Information 7. Physicians’ Information 8. Emergency Contact Information 9. Insurance Policies 10. Bank Account Information

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Evacuation Routes If officials order an evacuation for your area, use one of these designated routes to leave the Hampton Roads region. Get familiar with these routes and plan to leave early to avoid major traffic delays. Peninsula ■ Interstate 64 ■ Interstate 664 North ■ U.S. Route 17 North ■ U.S. Route 60 West ■ Route 143 During severe weather, the Jamestown-Scotland Ferry is removed from service and should not be considered part of a reliable evacuation plan.

Southside (South of I-264) ■ Interstates 64 & 264 ■ Interstate 664 North Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel ■ U.S. Route 17 North ■ U.S. Route 58 West ■ U.S. Route 460 West ■ Route 10 West Eastern Shore All Eastern Shore residents will use U.S. Route 13 North toward Salisbury, Maryland.

The Chesapeake Bay BridgeTunnel is not an evacuation route. For closure information, visit www.cbbt.com

Evacuating Norfolk and Virginia Beach (North of I-264)

Lane reversal Interstate 64 is the only route with a lane reversal plan, but it is not the only way out of the area. In the event of a hurricane or other disaster, the governor can order a lane reversal of the eastbound lanes on I-64 to help evacuate Hampton Roads. During a lane reversal, traffic will travel west on I-64 from Norfolk to Richmond beginning just east of the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel in Norfolk (Exit 273), and continue to the I-295 interchange in Richmond (Exit 200). For more information on the I-64 lane reversal and emergency hurricane gates, please visit the online guide at www.virginiadot.org.

Reversing I-64 ■ All traffic entering I-64 at 4th View Street (Exit 273) will travel in the reversed eastbound lanes to travel westbound. ■ Motorists traveling westbound on I-64 before 4th View Street

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will be directed onto the reversed eastbound lanes. ■ All traffic entering I-64 west of the Hampton Roads BridgeTunnel will travel in the normal westbound lanes. There are only two possible exits from the reversed lanes between Norfolk and I-295 in Richmond: ■ Exit 234 in Williamsburg (Route 199) for gas, food, lodging and hospital ■ Exit 205 in Bottoms Bridge for gas and food Without exiting, motorists on the reversed lanes can also access a temporary comfort station on I-64 near Jefferson Avenue (near Exit 255) and the rest areas in New Kent County (between exits 214 and 211). Motorists exiting the reversed lanes at Exit 234 or Exit 205 cannot re-enter the reversed lanes. If motorists exit the reversed lanes, they can re-enter I-64 using only the normal westbound ramps. Motorists traveling in the I-64 westbound lanes can exit and enter the interstate as usual, though some entrance and exit ramps could be closed for traffic control. Source: Virginia Department of Emergency Management


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Power Outage CHECKLIST Energy Conservation Recommendations

❏ Turn off lights and computers when not in use. ❏ Wash clothes in cold water if possible; wash only full loads and clean the dryer’s lint trap after each use. ❏ When using a dishwasher, wash full loads and use the light cycle. If possible, use the rinse only cycle and turn off the high temperature rinse option.When the regular wash cycle is done, just open the dishwasher door to allow the dishes to air dry. ❏ Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights.

How do I prepare for a power outage? To help preserve your food, keep the following supplies in your home: ❏ One or more coolers—Inexpensive Styrofoam coolers work well. ❏ Ice—Surrounding your food with ice in a cooler or in the refrigerator will keep food colder for a longer period of time during a prolonged power outage. ❏ A digital quick-response thermometer— With these thermometers you can quickly check the internal temperatures of food to ensure they are cold enough to use safely. Put together an emergency preparedness kit with these supplies in case of a prolonged or widespread power outage: • Water—one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) • Food—non-perishable, easy-toprepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) • Flashlight (NOTE: Do not use candles during a power outage due to the extreme risk of fire.) • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) • Extra batteries • First aid kit • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items • Multi-purpose

Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time. If a power outage is 2 hours or less, you need not be concerned about losing your perishable foods. For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible.

tool • Sanitation and personal hygiene items • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, deed/lease to home, birth certificates, insurance policies) • Cell phone with chargers • Family and emergency contact information • Extra cash ❏ If someone in your home is dependent on electric-powered, life-sustaining equipment, remember to include backup power in your evacuation plan. ❏ Keep a non-cordless telephone in your home. It is likely to work even when the power is out. ❏ Keep your car’s gas tank full.

What should I do during a power outage? Keep food as safe as possible. ❏ Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. First use perishable food from the refrigerator. An unopened refrigerator will keep foods cold for about 4 hours. ❏ Then use food from the freezer. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full) if the door remains closed. ❏ Use your non-perishable foods and staples after using food from the refrigerator and freezer. ❏ If it looks like the power outage will continue beyond a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items. ❏ Keep food in a dry, cool spot and keep it covered at all times.

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Electrical equipment ❏ Turn off and unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment, including sensitive electronics. ❏ Turn off or disconnect any appliances (like stoves), equipment or electronics you were using when the power went out. When power comes back on, surges or spikes can damage equipment. ❏ Leave one light turned on so you’ll know when the power comes back on. ❏ Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic lights will be out and roads will be congested. Using generators safely ❏ When using a portable generator, connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator. Do not connect a portable generator to a home’s electrical system. ❏ If you are considering getting a generator, get advice from a professional, such as an electrician. Make sure that the generator you purchase is rated for the power that you think you will need.

What should I do when the power comes back on? ❏ Do not touch any electrical power lines and keep your family away from them. Report downed power lines to the appropriate officials in your area.

Throw out unsafe food. ❏ Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out! ❏ Never taste food or rely on appearance or odor to determine its safety. Some foods may look and smell fine, but if they have been at room temperature too long, bacteria causing food-borne illnesses can start growing quickly. Some types of bacteria produce toxins that cannot be destroyed by cooking. ❏ If food in the freezer is colder than 40° F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it. ❏ If you are not sure food is cold enough, take its temperature with the food thermometer. Throw out any foods (meat, poultry, fish, eggs and leftovers) that have been exposed to temperatures higher than 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture, or feels warm to touch. Caution: Carbon Monoxide Kills ❏ Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. ❏ The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire. ❏ Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide. ❏ If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door. ❏ Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

Let Your Family Know You’re Safe If your community experiences a disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well Website available through RedCross.org to let your family and friends know about your welfare. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.

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When you receive a hurricane Washington, D.C. advisory, note the center position, intensity, barometric pressure (if given) and forecast direction and movement. Then mark the center position on the Newport tracking chart. Because hurricanes News change direction very quickly, you should listen more carefully to where the storm will go, rather than where it has been.

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SPCA: Make Plans Now To Protect Your Pet During Hurricanes, Storms By Leslie Magner

The Peninsula SPCA urges pet owners to include pets in hurricane season preparations. Hurricanes are nothing new to the Virginia Peninsula and can be expected each year from June to the end of November. However, pet owners need to take these necessary steps, also found on humanesociety.org, to properly protect their pets during nature’s disasters. START GETTING READY NOW • Make sure your pet is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag. • You’ll increase your chances of being re-united with your pet by having him or her microchipped. Microchips are tiny transponders inserted between the shoulder blades that use radio frequency waves to transmit crucial identification information about your pet. Call your local veterinarian for more information. • List your cell phone number on your pet’s ID tag.

PUT TOGETHER A SAFETY KIT • Gather food and water for at least five days for each animal. Keep an extra gallon of water for your pets, bowls and manual can openers. • Medications, all medical records and a pet first aid kit.

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• Clean up after your pet. Pack cat boxes, litter scoops, litter and poop bags to keep all areas free of waste. This also decreases chances of spreading potential illness. • Transport pets safely using sturdy leashes and carriers. Carriers should be big enough for pets to stand, turn and rest comfortably for hours. Bring blankets and toys for comfort. • Bring a picture of you with your pet for proper identification. • Written information about your pet’s feeding schedules, medical conditions, and behavior issues along with the name and number of your veterinarian in case you have to board your pets or place them in foster care.

and species. Inquire if the “no pet” policies would be waived in an emergency. Keep a list of animalfriendly places handy, and call ahead for a reservation as soon as you think you might have to leave your home. • Make arrangements to stay with friends or family out of town with your pet. • Organize a list of boarding kennels or veterinarian offices to shelter your pet in case of emergency. • Establish an emergency care plan with a friend or neighbor to keep your pet safe if a disaster strikes while you are out of town or unreachable. Magner is community outreach coordinator for the Peninsula SPCA.

DISASTER RULES Here are two easy rules to follow in the event of a disaster.

FIND A SAFE PLACE TO STAY • Call the local Department of Emergency Management office for evacuation plans and pet-friendly shelters. • Contact hotels and motels outside the immediate area to find out if they accept pets. Ask about any restrictions on the number, size

Disaster rule one: If it is not safe for you, it’s not safe for your pet. Pets are easily disoriented, scared and endangered during natural disasters. Animals left behind are easily injured, lost and killed by deadly debris, starvation or predators. Disaster rule two: Don’t wait to evacuate. Those who wait for official evacuation orders risk being forced to leave their pets behind. If you stay home, be careful and keep your pets with you at all times.

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Prepare Your Home for Storm Season

(Family Features) - Protecting your personal safety is the first priority when severe weather emerges with homes and personal property often running a close second. After all, the home is not only a place for comfort and sanctuary — it could be your single largest investment.

furniture. Keep trees and shrubs well-pruned so strong winds are less likely to grab hold of a wayward branch. If necessary, consult with an expert to ensure trees are trimmed back away from the house adequately to minimize your risk.

As temperatures soar, so do the chances for tumultuous weather. The Department of Energy reports that nearly 90 percent of major power outages are caused by severe storms. With these tips, you can help ensure that your home is ready for anything Mother Nature has to offer.

Secure potential flight risks.

Maintain vegetation. Falling trees and branches can wreak considerable havoc on a home’s exterior, along with possessions like vehicles or patio

There are plenty of items that can either become damaged or cause damage if they are swept up in a strong wind. Top-heavy items like grills can topple over, and patio furniture could blow out into the yard or even into your home. Don’t overlook smaller culprits, such as gravel or landscaping rock, which can be tossed around and cause serious destruction.

Make time for maintenance. Home repairs that seem minor can

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become much bigger problems if a storm exacerbates what’s broken. Loose roof shingles or shutters are especially susceptible to storm damage, as are ill-fitting screens. Regularly scanning your home for defects and taking immediate steps to fix them can help prevent relatively small issues from becoming major projects. Be sure to keep gutters and downspouts on your checklist; a heavy storm can produce enough standing water to flood your home in minutes if proper drainage is hampered.

at least every six months can help ensure you know what exclusions exist and where you may need to add supplemental policies or increase your limits. This is also a good time to update an inventory list that documents all your major possessions and valuables; store the list in a safe place such as a weatherproof home safe or electronically via email or a cloud-based server. In many parts of the country, storm season is inevitable, but taking the proper precautions can help ensure your family and home are ready to handle whatever the season brings.

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WAYS YOU CAN PREPARE FOR A

14 HURRICANE If you live in an area that may be affected by a hurricane or severe storm, the key to remaining safe is proper planning.

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Update the phone number on your Dominion Energy account at DominionEnergy.com or call 1-800-222-0401. This will help you quickly report an outage if your lights go out. Be sure to have your account information on hand when you call.

2

Stock up on non-perishable food, medicine, baby supplies and pet food.

3

Have at least 3 gallons of fresh water on hand for each person.

4

Make sure you have a battery-operated radio, multiple flashlights and a battery-operated clock and fan. Don’t forget extra batteries.

5

Post a list of contents on your freezer door to minimize the number of times you open it.

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Monitor official weather bulletins.

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Keep extra cash on hand—ATMs, merchants, and banks don’t operate without power.

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Review evacuation routes.

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If you have pets, make sure you have provided for them as well.

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Keep your vehicle’s fuel tank full.

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If a family member uses life-sustaining medical equipment, review emergency plans and make arrangements to relocate if necessary.

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If you lose power, turn off major appliances such as air conditioners, water heaters and stoves. Unplug other appliances such as TVs, stereos, microwaves and computers. This will prevent damage to appliances and possible overloads to the company’s system when power is restored.

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Enroll in Dominion Energy’s text-alert program to stay informed before, during and after a storm. Be sure to bookmark the new outage map on your smartphone or device to report or track your outage.

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Familiarize yourself with how to safely connect and operate your generator before use.

For more tips on hurricane and severe storm preparations, visit our website at DominionEnergy.com/stormpreparation.

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