Emergency Preparedness at Home – Do 1 Thing – Sheltering (March)

If you’ve been following our blog in 2015, you know all about Do 1 Thing.  If not, Do 1 Thing is a web-based, 12-month preparedness program that makes preparing easier by helping people take small steps each month toward becoming better prepared for emergencies or disasters. In January, we challenged you to Make a Plan and in February to include Water in your preparedness plans.

March’s topic is important because emergencies sometime occur with little or no warning, and you may only have seconds to find somewhere safe. The Topic: Sheltering.

 THE GOAL: Know how to respond safely when instructions are given to evacuate or take shelter.

 Choose one of these things to do to be ready for an emergency:

  • Identify the best storm shelter in your home and practice getting to the shelter with your family.
  • Learn how to safely shelter in place.
  • Make a Go Bag for emergency sheltering.

Each month on this blog, OEM will post Do 1 Thing’s monthly topic and we encourage you to follow the program at http://do1thing.com.

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NOVA closing early on 2/18

NOVA is closing at 5 pm today, Feb. 18. Classes and activities are canceled this evening. See the College’s website for more information.

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NOVA Closed on Tuesday, 2/17

NOVA will be closed Tues Feb.17 due to inclement weather. See website for more information.

 

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Emergency Preparedness at Home – Do 1 Thing – Water (February)

Last month, NOVA’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) introduced you to Do 1 Thing – a web-based, 12-month preparedness program that makes preparing easier by helping people take small steps each month toward becoming better prepared for emergencies or disasters. January’s topic was Make a Plan and it challenged you to think ahead of what you and your family would do during a disaster.

February’s topic is one that can easily be overlooked, but is one you can’t survive long without – Water.

THE GOAL: Have enough water on-hand for your family to last 3 days (72 hours). This should be about 3 gallons per person.
Choose one of these things to do to be ready for an emergency:
1. Buy 3 days of water at the store.
2. Bottle a 3 day supply of water at home.
3. Learn how to provide a safe supply of drinking water for your household in a disaster.

Each month on this blog, OEM will post Do 1 Thing’s monthly topic and we encourage you to follow the program at http://do1thing.com.

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Emergency Preparaedness at Home – Do 1 Thing – Make a Plan (January)

NOVA’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) wants you to be better prepared for emergencies and disasters. Emergency preparedness at home is a big job, and many people never get started because they don’t know where to begin.

To help get you started, OEM challenges you to follow ‘Do 1 Thing’ (http://do1thing.com) each month in 2015. Do 1 Thing is a web-based, 12-month preparedness program that makes preparing easier by helping people take small steps each month toward becoming better prepared for emergencies or disasters.

It’s as easy as this:

  1. Click on the current month’s topic.
  2. Select one of the easy “things to do.”
  3. Do that one thing!

If you follow along for an entire year, you will be better prepared to handle most disasters and emergencies. You can jump in anytime and you don’t have to do things in any order (all 12 things are in the little yellow box on the left). You can choose whatever topic you like.

Each month on this blog, OEM will post Do 1 Thing’s monthly topic and we encourage you to follow the program. January’s topic is: Make a Plan.

If you would like additional information about how to make a plan, you can also visit:

http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/makeaplan

 

 

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