PHILADELPHIA – As Hurricane Florence makes its way inland, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region III and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) are encouraging everyone in the Commonwealth to prepare for potential inland or flash flooding, rising rivers and streams, and landslides from the remnants of Florence over the weekend. FEMA and VDEM both continue to monitor the storm and prepare for any impacts it may have on the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Residents and visitors throughout the Commonwealth are encouraged to stay tuned in to potential changes in the forecast. “The remnants of Florence will begin to affect Virginia this weekend,” stated Dr. Jeff Stern, State Coordinator for VDEM. “The risk of flooding, potential landslides, and other hazards will arrive this weekend and we encourage everyone to remain alert.” Individuals are encouraged to follow the guidance of local officials and stay tuned to official forecasts for updates.
FEMA Region III and VDEM have been proactively preparing for Florence, including bringing in emergency supplies, teams to coordinate with the state, and prepositioning assets to help with any potential response. “We have been actively coordinating with VDEM since the very beginning of this event, and will continue to as we assess the risk of potential flooding and related damages,” stated MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region III Regional Administrator. “Take steps now to prepare yourself, and your loved ones, for the potential impacts from the remnants of Florence.”
Individuals can remain safe by:
- Stay safe. Stay indoors until you are told by local official that it safe to go outside.
- Let first responders do their job. Stay off the roads and waterways. Call 911 for emergency needs.
- Text, don’t call. During an emergency, phones lines may be overwhelmed. To let your loved ones know you are safe, send a text instead.
- Save power. If the power goes out, turn off or disconnect appliances, equipment, or electronics. Power may return with momentary “surges” or “spikes” that can cause damage. Only use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors and away from windows.
- Stay tuned. Follow the guidance of your local officials, and tune into official forecasts for the latest on the storm.
- Know your risk. If you are at risk of flooding, or have flooded in the past, take steps to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your property. In the event of a flash flood, move to higher ground immediately.
FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Learn more about FEMA Region III at www.FEMA.gov/region-iii. Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at fema.gov/medialibrary and youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3.