Hurricane Joaquin preparations

Hurricane Joaquin preparations

As you likely have heard already, hurricane Joaquin is headed our way. Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency this afternoon. While projections vary as to how dangerous this storm will be, I want you to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. As we have seen in the past, hurricanes are not something to take lightly. Below you will find a list of emergency supplies that the National Weather Service suggests you have on hand in preparation for the storm and a list of emergency contacts. If I can be of assistance during or after the storm please don’t hesitate to contact me at or on my cell at 703-964-6821. I’ll be on a conference call with Governor McAuliffe Thursday afternoon to discuss storm preparations; I’ll let you know if anything changes.

Please stay safe.



Emergency: If you are having an emergency, please call 911

Non-Emergency Information: Fairfax County Non-Emergency number 703-691-2131

Power Outages, Dominion Virginia Power outages and downed wires: 1-866-DOM-HELP 1-866-366-4357

Downed Trees in the public roads: Virginia Department of Transportation: 1-800-FOR-ROAD 1-800-367-7623

Road Conditions: Check for road conditions

Emergency supplies:

Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both

Flashlight and extra batteries

First aid kit

Whistle to signal for help

Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place

Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

Local maps

If you have a car, fill the gas tank in case you have to evacuate

Remember to charge your cell phones

Cooler filled with ice incase you lose power