Saturday, October 27, 2012

Loudoun County Prepares Essential Personnel for Potential Severe Weather

Residents Advised to Make Preparations Before the Storm

With the possibility that Hurricane Sandy may bring severe weather to our area, Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman has notified all essential personnel within the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office of the county’s severe weather procedures.

Loudoun County officials are also urging residents to prepare now for the possibility of high winds and heavy rains next week.

If there is flooding, avoid walking or driving through any flooded areas. It takes only six inches of fast-moving flood water to knock over an adult and two feet to move a vehicle. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

Additional Preparedness Tips
  • Stock or re-stock emergency supply kits, including extra batteries, etc.
  • Clean out gutters and storm drains. Keep drains clear of trash, leaves and branches, so that rainwaters can easily flow, reducing possible flooding and ponding situations.
  • Remember food safety. Have a cooler on hand to keep food cold in the case of a power outage. Group food together in the freezer now so it stays cold longer.
  • Have an adequate communication plan. Be sure friends and family know how to contact you. Teach family members how to use text messaging as text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call can’t get through.
  • Keep up to date with local conditions by following media reports and monitoring the weather for the latest forecast.

If you have not already done so, sign up for alerts from the county including emergency information, news releases, traffic information, and more through Alert Loudoun at

More information on what to do before the storm arrives is online at

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