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The 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season starts June 1. It’s never too late to make your plans for a hurricane, whether you're planning on weathering in place or evacuating to safer grounds. The Virginia Hurricane Guide can assist you in making plans. For more information about how to prepare for hurricanes or other threats, visit ReadyVirginia.gov, your comprehensive resource for emergency preparedness in Virginia.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is a great resource for all kinds of emergencies or threats. It works with local governments, volunteer, or state and federal agencies to provide resources during emergencies. If you need information, call 866-782-3470.

Things to consider before a hurricane, if you stay ...

 Be prepared to be on your own for at least 36 hours. This could mean no police, no fire department, no rescue squad and no power or water.

Refill prescriptions. Have enough on hand for at least a week. Plastic pill minders make it easier to manage medications in rough, unfamiliar conditions.

Put important personal documents in zip bags or airtight containers.

Review insurance policies.

Photograph your property and document your possessions.

Have an extra pair of eyeglasses, or a drug store pair, just in case yours break.

Fill up the car well before the storm. Gas stations may be dry or without power after a storm.

Have a gallon of water per day, per person or pet on hand.

Have a flash light and extra batteries on hand.

Have non-perishable, easy-to-eat foods on hand, like energy bars, boxed juices, peanut butter and canned soup, and a manual can opener.

Have a first aid kit ready.

Have a camp stove and gas bottles for heating water and canned food.

Have cash on hand. ATMs might not work for days after a storm.

Have mosquito repellant. With no power, windows will have to be open.

Have a battery operated radio for updates about local resources available after the storm.

If you evacuate or use a local shelter ...

Leave early. The roads will be crowded.

Take the above-mentioned medications, documents, personal items, food and water.

Take a sleeping bag or one warm blanket per person.

Take one or two changes of clothing per person. Don't overpack.

Take some cash.

Take some quiet games and books to keep kids occupied.

Make sure your pets are safe in a kennel or with you. Public shelters will not allow pets. Motels and hotels that accept pets often charge extra for them. Do not leave pets unattended at home.

Avoid injuries after hurricanes ...

Emergency rooms often fill up after hurricanes with injuries sustained during cleanup. Eye injuries, cuts, back sprains, falls from heights and even electrocutions occur. Wear eye protection, heavy gloves, long pants and work boots when removing foliage and debris. Observe safety practices for chain saws. Avoid fallen power lines. Be extra careful on ladders and roofs to avoid falls.

Important Planning Information

Sentara hospitals are not public shelters.
Every city and county in the region has an Emergency Services or Emergency Management department that operates public shelters during hurricanes. 
 

Chesapeake

(757) 382-6464

Hampton

(757) 727-1208

James City County

(757) 564-2140

Newport News

(757) 269-2900

Norfolk

(757) 441-5600

Portsmouth

(757) 393-8338

Suffolk

(757) 514-4536

Virginia Beach

(757)385-4232

Williamsburg

(757) 259-7200

York County

(757) 890-3600



Please do not come to a Sentara hospital during a hurricane unless you are injured or sick and need emergency care.

Sentara hospitals can support only in-patient ventilators.
Our hospitals may be on limited emergency power during a hurricane, and unable to accommodate home-based patients on ventilators or other medical equipment. Such patients should take precautions well before a hurricane by purchasing a generator for their home or evacuating, by ambulance if necessary, to inland accommodations where there is power.

Register with Dominion as an ‘Electrically Dependent’ customer to alert the power company of your medical needs. However, this may not result in quicker restoration of service after a hurricane or major storm with widespread outages. Call 888-667-3000 or go to www.dom.com to obtain a Serious Medical Condition Certification form that must be signed by your physician and updated annually.  For more information, see Dominion's FAQs.

Sentara hospitals cannot perform outpatient dialysis.
Kidney dialysis patients should make dietary and treatment arrangements with their providers before a hurricane in the event of widespread power outages. Patients should work with their dialysis providers in advance to ensure plans are in place for dialysis in the event of emergencies. A list of area dialysis providers may be obtained in advance by calling the National Kidney Foundation’s Richmond office during business hours at 804-288-8342.

Hospital visitation suspended during hurricanes.
Access to our facilities could be limited during or after a hurricane for safety and security reasons. While you may call a loved one in the hospital as long as telephones are working, please do not attempt to visit until after the storm for your safety.

Surgeries and cancer treatments may be rescheduled.
Hospital staff may contact scheduled patients in the hours before a hurricane to postpone outpatient procedures, chemotherapy and radiation treatments until after the storm. Many of our hospitals will be on limited emergency power, and it will be unsafe to drive.

Sentara parking lots not for public vehicle storage.
Sentara parking decks and parking lots are for hospital staff working during hurricanes. Please do not use our parking to protect your vehicle from flooding.

Sheltering your pets during emergency. 
President Bush signed into law the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act of 2006 in October of that year. Under this law local and state disaster plans are required to include provisions for household pets and service animals in the event of a major disaster or emergency. 

Still today, not all shelters accept animals. According to the Human Society, consider contacting hotels and motels outside your area to confirm their pet policy. Make a list of animal-friendly places and keep it handy. Call ahead for a reservation as soon as you think you might have to leave your home. Look for pet-friendly hotels online:

- Bringfido.com 
- Dogfriendly.com
- Doginmysuitcase.com
- Pet-friendly-hotels.net
- Pets-allowed-hotels.com
- Petswelcome.com
- Tripswithpets.com

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