Message on Storm Preparedness by Prince George Fire and EMS Chief, Paul Beamon 4:25 p.m. Update
Message on Storm Preparedness by Prince George Fire and EMS Chief, Paul Beamon
4:25 p.m. Update
Good afternoon everyone, I wanted to provide a brief update on where we are with our storm preparedness. The Fire/EMS departments will be transitioning to ERP level 2 at 07:00 Wed September 1, 2021.
Hurricane Ida is now more of a severe storm headed our way and looks to be in our area Wednesday afternoon and evening. The storm is looking like we will see a great deal of rain in the amount of around 1-3 inches with periods of heavy rain, high winds with a max sustained winds estimated at 10-15 mph with gust at 35-40, and a risk of possible tornadoes.
With a lot of rain Prince George may experience issues with rising waters and flash flooding that will lead to possible flooding of streets as well as falling trees creating increased response request for fire/EMS, Police, and many other departments throughout the county.
In an effort to keep everyone updated on as real time as we can, we will be updating our emergency management page: https://www.princegeorgecountyva.gov/.../emerge.../index.php
We have many links on our site that will help you in protecting your families as well as what supplies that are recommended for you to keep on hand.
Below I have provided information on the projected path of the storm, as well as a five-day outlook that is attached as “Last Briefing”. As new information is received, it will be communicated to the organization in email, Web page and the Prince George Fire EMS FB page.
Preparing your family: During hurricane season, your emergency plan should include a list of items that you can keep stocked in your home. This hurricane preparedness grocery list should include a first aid kit, water, non-perishable foods and other supplies you may need if you evacuate or stay home during a storm. Some items to consider having on hand are listed below:
• Food – consider stocking up on food items that require no prep such as:
o Dry Cereal
o Canned fruits, Vegetables, Pasta, soups, etc
o Apples, bananas, and other types of fruit
o At least One (1) gallon of drinking water per person per day
• Basic Supplies
o A First Aid Kit
o Toilet Paper
o Garbage bags.
o Flashlights and extra batteries
o Dish soap
o Paper plates and cups
o Plastic utensils
o Food storage bags or containers
o Tool kit
o Pet Supplies
o Rain gear
o Manual can opener
o Fully-charged cell phone
o Strike-anywhere matches
o Baby Supplies
o Formula or baby food
o Rash ointment Electronics from Storms