During a natural disaster such as a flood or hurricane, the Town of Richmond’s Emergency Management team will respond. You can take steps to prepare yourself and your family for an unexpected event. Being prepared at home is important so that you can help ensure the health and safety of your family during an emergency or disaster.
Make a Family Plan
Choose Two Places to Meet
- Right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency.
- Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate.
Plan What to Do if You Have to Evacuate
Decide where you would go and what route you would take to get there. Keep in mind that an evacuation may occur during the day when family members are at work or school. Its important to have a plan in the event phones are not working properly so that you can reconnect with your family. Know your local evacuation route and where your emergency shelters are located. View a list of local shelters (PDF).
Plan Ahead for Your Pets
Pets are not allowed in all shelters. Make a list of pet-friendly hotels / motels or make arrangements with a friend or family member that lives outside of your town.
Assemble an Emergency Supplies Kit
You need to have an emergency supplies kit in the event you have to evacuate on short notice or you are told to shelter in place. Make sure to plan for pets or any family member that have special needs. See how to build an emergency supplies kit (PDF).
Know the Hazards or Risk Around You
Identify the potential hazards in your area (PDF). Severe winter weather, thunderstorms, hurricanes, and flooding are natural disasters that can occur in our area. Each of these disasters can cause power outages and disrupt our day-to-day routines.