The U.S. Scouting Service Project is operated by volunteer Scouters across the U.S. Three of our team members are located in the path of Hurricane Sandy and near where the storm is projected to make landfall. Because authorities are warning of power outages which may disrupt local communications, we ask that you please be patient over the next several days if you write to us and do not get an immediate response.
Virginia’s Governor has declared a state of emergency in advance of the approaching storm. So, Scouts and Scouters, if you are in the projected storm path, this is a good time to live “BE PREPARED” and be ready to lend a hand.
Local authorities are offering these tips for those in the path of the storm:
Get a Kit! Stock or re-stock your emergency supply kits (including extra batteries, etc.). Don’t wait until the last minute to shop for supplies.
Stay Informed: Have a NOAA Weather Radio at home and at your worksite. Like a smoke alarm, NOAA Weather Radios sound when there is an emergency in your area. You can also sign up for weather alerts and emergency messages from your local government.
Keep up to date with local conditions – follow TV and radio reports from your area, or visit www.weather.gov (http://mobile.weather.gov/ on your phone) for the latest forecast.
Make a Plan and Plan Ahead: You can design your family emergency plan at www.ReadyNOVA.org or get a family emergency plan worksheet at http://www.ReadyVirginia.gov/. Here are additional reminders:
Communication – be sure friends and family know how to contact you in an emergency. Teach family members how to use text messaging, because text messages can often get through when a phone call won’t.
Prepare your Home: Clean out your gutters and storm drains to improve the flow of rain waters, and reduce possible flooding and ponding situations.
Flood Safety: Hurricanes bring heavy rains, storm surges, and possible flooding. Avoid walking or driving through any flooded areas – it takes only six inches of fast-moving flood water to knock over an adult, and two feet to move a vehicle. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
Food safety – power outages and flooding may happen as a result of a tropical storm or hurricane, so have a plan for keeping food safe. Have a cooler on hand to keep food cold, and group food together in the freezer so it stays cold longer.