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September is National Preparedness Month, which is especially timely, considering the Bahamas got hit and Florida is still experiencing the effects from Hurricane Dorian, while the East Coast prepares for the peak of hurricane season. Fort Belvoir offers tips to stay safe if one of these highly unpredictable storms approaches the area.

Prepare Now

 Know your area’s risk of hurricanes and sign up for your community’s warning system and the Emergency Alert System. A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather radio also provides emergency alerts.

 Practice going to a safe shelter for protection from high winds and flooding. Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.

 Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the route, and shelter locations.

 Gather needed supplies for at least three days and keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget pets’ needs and medicines.

 Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies, and protect your property.

A little preparation can go a long way in ensuring you and your family safely weathers a major storm.

Watching Locally

Fortunately for the Belvoir community, the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security is constantly on alert for emergency developments and has a response plan ready to rapidly deploy. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Belvoir officials were tracking Dorian’s distance, speed and potential impact. The potential impact on this region is expected Friday, with heavy rain and strong winds.

“The emergency management program uses coordinated resources from internal and external organizations to reduce the risk of emergencies impacting the community through prevention, protection initiatives and mitigation,” said

Darryl Conley, Belvoir DPTMS emergency manager. “(We) develop and maintain response and recovery team capabilities between garrison, mission partners and Fairfax County and we manage all natural, technological and human-caused hazards.”

For more information, including downloadable emergency plan forms and recommendations before, during and after a hurricane, visit https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.

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