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GET READY FOR SANDY

South Boston News
SoVaNow.com / October 29, 2012
Halifax County may not be in the direct path of Hurricane Sandy, but emergency officials are urging citizens to be prepared for the worst from the unusual weather event, dubbed “Frankenstorm” for its mash-up of warm- and cold-weather systems.

According to the latest information, Hurricane Sandy is a large Category 1 Hurricane with sustained winds in excess of 75 mph that is creeping slowly towards the eastern seaboard. As of Sunday afternoon Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders said the community should expect heavy rain, around two to four inches, starting early Sunday night. He also warned that the area is likely to experience high winds.

While the exact path of the storm is still uncertain, residents should be prepared for a “worst case scenario” that involves extended power outages and downed trees. Saunders is encouraging residents to have the following basic supplies on hand:

A battery or crank powered radio

Flashlights with extra batteries

Food that does not require refrigeration

1 gallon of water per person, per day (recommend a 3 day supply)

Food, water, grain, etc. for pets and livestock

In addition to preparing yourself and your family, Emergency Services also encourages residents to check on the elderly and less fortunate population in the community who may not have the means to prepare themselves.

Halifax County Emergency Services, Saunders said, will continue to monitor the storm and its impacts. For more information on preparedness, visit http://www.readyvirginia.gov. Also, for local news updates, visit the News & Record’s website at http://www.sovanow.com.

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an we are paying these guys to remind us to buy batteries? No wonder our government is going broke

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AP2, you must remember that people in Emergency Services or similar public service jobs do not live or function in the same world we do.

They are a special breed and I'm thankful for them, but they are in their own sphere.


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