Be Ready For Storms:
Most emergency events in Lunenburg County are caused by weather. Heavy rainfall and hurricanes happen in summer and fall. Blizzards, ice-storms, and snow/rain mixes happen in winter and spring.
High winds, flooding, storm surges and icy conditions can make driving dangerous and cause power outages for 3 days or more.
Climate changes are likely to create stronger storms more often in Lunenburg County.
What does Shelter-In-Place mean?
Shelter-In-Place means you are ready to comfortably stay in your home for 3 to 4 days without needing to go out for supplies even if the power is off.
911 lines stay open, but help may take longer to get to you during storm conditions.
Your Shelter-In-Place plan needs to be specific to your family's needs and resources.
What would you lose in a Power Outage?
- Running Water
- Medical Equipment
- Hot water
- Cooking ability
- Phone, computer(s)
- Entertainment devices
- Stored food (fridge, freezer)
- Pet/livestock necessities
- Other _______________
What would your family need to thrive for 3 to 4 days if businesses were closed, roads impassable and the power was out?
To answer this question, complete the Household Needs List (see .pdf in the sidebar or pdf click here (302 KB) ) based on power outage and road closures. Check the things you would have and the things you should get before a storm hits.
What should I do?
In Storm warning phase
- Stock "Household Needs List" (see .pdf in the sidebar or pdf click here (302 KB) )
- Make child/pet arrangements (school closure plans; pet care)
- Re-schedule travel plans
- Make "work from home" plans
- Test back-ups (flashlights, generators)
- Consider filling bathtubs/containers for water sources
- Charge battery operated devices
- Talk about your plan with family members
- Check on your neighbor
During and immediately after the storm
- Monitor radio and local media
- Keep devices charged and ready
- Stay off the roads
- Use "work from home" plans
- Use "Household Needs List" (see .pdf in the sidebar or pdf click here (302 KB) )
- Keep pets safe
- Use alternative heat and cooking sources safely
What is a Comfort Station?
In Lunenburg County, neighbors help neighbors. After the storm has passed Comfort Stations may open to support local residents. These stations provide a place to get warm, re-charge devices, check on each other, and share information. Resources available vary with the community and resident needs. These stations are operated by the community for the community.
To see a map of Comfort Stations in Lunenburg County, see the main menu or click here.
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