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Emergency preparedness programs increase public awareness by providing information on the steps that you can take before, during, and after disasters and emergencies to protect yourself and your property.

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  • Young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and their parents and/or support persons have unique needs during disasters and emergencies which require additional planning. Many look to their primary care teams to assist them in this planning and during such stressful times.

  • Creating your Family Emergency Communication Plan starts with one simple question: “What if?”

    This guide provides detailed information and guidance on the steps to take to create a family emergency communication plan. 

  • The 2023 Virginia Hurricane Evacuation Guide is an essential resource for families and communities. 

    Hurricanes are severe tropical storms, massive storm systems, that form over the open water in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Each year, many coastal communities experience threats from hurricanes including heavy rains, strong winds, rip currents, floods and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes.

    A hurricane may spawn tornadoes. Torrential rains cause further damage by causing floods and landslides, which not only threaten coastal communities but may impact communities many miles inland. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October.

  • This FEMA video explains what accessibility and adaptive items are covered under FEMA assistance if they are damaged by a disaster.

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