Virginia has been fortunate in recent years when it comes to hurricane impact, but we know from experience that any hurricane season can produce a devastating storm. In 2003, Hurricane Isabel would rank as the worst hurricane in Central Virginia's history, producing wind gusts of 73 mph in Richmond. The hurricane blew down thousands of trees across the area, knocking out power to over two million households. Its combination of strong winds and heavy rain killed thirty-six people and caused an estimated $1.85 billion in damage, making it the costliest natural disaster in state history.
What to include in a family hurricane kit
Although this is an extreme example, you should be prepared this time of year for a major hurricane in Virginia. Losing power for an extended period is likely so it's important to have an emergency supply kit for your family. We're building one so you can make one too! This year, it's essential to include COVID-19 preventative items in your hurricane supply kit including hand sanitizer, masks, and gloves. Also, make sure you have a copy of your NNINS insurance documents. You can download and print them from your NNINS member account. Before you hunker down at home, it's also a good idea to fill up your gas tank and get cash.
If you're preparing for an eminent hurricane, use our Hurricane Preparedness Guide to access the most reliable resources in Virginia. There are also things you can do to prepare your home and prepare your car for a big storm. Stay safe!