What's most important to Susan and me is the safety of you and your family, friends and neighbors.
Governor Bob McDonnell has made sure that our public safety and emergency services are ready for the impacts of this storm.
Each of us should also prepare by having the following items on hand:
- Three-day supply of food that does not need electricity for storage or for preparation
- Enough water for drinking and sanitation, approximately three gallons per person
- Extra batteries for radios, flashlights and other communication and safety devices
- First Aid kit and prescription medications
- Copies of insurance policies, identification records and other important family documents kept in a waterproof, portable container
As you get ready for the storm, talk with your neighbors as well - especially elderly neighbors who may need assistance with preparations.
And be sure that your pets are secure and have the necessary food and supplies.
Lastly, don't forget that yard signs are made of metal frames that can blow around in strong winds, causing dangerous conditions and damage to homes and property. So for safety, bring them inside.
In challenging times, we see the strength of our communities - neighbors helping neighbors, Virginians working together to keep our Commonwealth a great place to live, work and raise a family.
If you can give of your resources or time, please consider supporting your local Red Cross organization to assist Virginians in need. Visit www.redcross.org to get involved.
Susan and I hope you and your family, friends and neighbors stay safe. Join us is preparing for Hurricane Sandy and continuing to always put Virginia first.
Standing Strong for Freedom,
Important Phone Numbers:
911 for All Emergencies
211 for General Information on Hurricane Sandy
511 for Road Conditions
1-866-DOM-HELP (1-866-366-4357) to report a power outage with Dominion Power
1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662) to report a power outage with Pepco