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September is National Preparedness Month.  As we enter the busiest part of Hurricane Season and gear up for what could be a busy flu season this fall and winter, please take a moment to make sure you have these things on hand:

  • Three days’ food that won’t spoil, such as canned goods and packaged foods
  • Three days’ water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Battery-powered radio with Weather Band and extra batteries
  • Written family emergency plan

In addition, you want to make sure that you have stocked up on over-the-counter medications and supplies in case you are stuck at home with the flu or a cold because especially this year, those items may be in heavy demand and flying off stores’ shelves.  The added benefit to stocking up is that most of these medications, and pain relievers, etc. do not expire right away and some can be used for up to two years. Also think of how much nicer it will be not to have to go to the store when you are sick.

For more information and worksheets to help Virginians get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and stay informed about emergencies and threats, visit or call toll-free 1-866-782-3470. A Spanish Web site is available at  For additional information on how to be prepared you can also find information on the national website, Ready.Gov at .  For information about H1N1 flu go to or the Center For Disease Control’s website at