Be Prepared for the 2022 Hurricane Season

Published on June 01, 2022

The 2022 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1, and now is the best time for Arlington residents to prepare for hurricanes, tropical storms and flooding. Here are four helpful tips to help you and your loved ones prepare for hurricane season.

  1. Reduce Your Risk of Flooding

Emergency preparedness starts with knowing your risk. In Arlington, the biggest risk associated with hurricane season is flooding that could inundate areas considered to have low to moderate flood risk. The risk for flooding can vary within the same neighborhood and even property to property.

Flooding can be a costly disaster. Here’s how you can minimize potential impacts:

  • Know how to shut off the electricity and gas to your house in the event of flooding.
  • Make a household inventory of belongings, especially contents in the basement.
  • If your home needs a sump pump, get a battery backup in case the power goes out. Check the pump regularly, especially if it’s more than 8 years old.
  • Purchase a flood insurance policy.

Learn more about how you can reduce your risk of flooding.

2. Be Informed and Know Who to Call

Identify and subscribe to multiple ways of receiving information. This will allow you to stay situationally aware during an emergency as well as keep an eye on the weather forecast. 

Follow these Arlington County departments on social media for additional news and updates:

Knowing who to call during an emergency can save lives. Write down important phone numbers and keep them somewhere safe in case of power outages. 

  • Environmental Services Customer Contact Center: 703-228-5000
  • Animal Welfare League of Arlington (pet sheltering): 703-931-9241

 

3. Make an Emergency Plan

It's important for you and your family to have a plan to help everyone stay calm and know what to do during an emergency. You may not be together when it happens, so plan for all locations you and your loved ones frequent such as your home, work and school.

Your emergency plan should include:

  • Meeting Place: Where to go in the event your home is inaccessible or you’re not together when an emergency happens.
  • Contacts: Identify an out-of-town friend or relative as a point of contact.
  • Personalized Needs: Plan for the specific needs of your household such as transportation, prescriptions and medical equipment.

Learn more about making an emergency plan.

4. Build an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in an emergency. Gather supplies to last for at least three days (and don't forget to include the needs of pets!) Kit items include:

  • Water—1 gallon per person, per day
  • Non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand cranked radio
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • First aid kit and medication refills
  • Phone and electronics chargers (cord and battery-powered)
  • Pet emergency kit—Learn more about pet emergency preparedness
  • Games that don’t require batteries or electricity, like cards or board games

Learn more about the importance of an emergency kit and recommended supply list items.

Remember: Preparing for hurricanes, tropical storms and flooding now is the best way to keep you and your loved ones safe during the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season.

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