Hurricane Season Begins June 1 – Are You Ready?

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Provided by Prince William County

The Atlantic basin hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30 annually, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The Prince William County Office of Emergency Management would like to remind all residents and business owners that hurricanes and tropical storms are not just a coastal problem. The effects of heavy rain, wind and storm surge can be felt hundreds of miles inland, causing long-duration power outages, structural damage and dangerous flooding conditions.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Tropical Storm Lee, which produced widespread rainfall totals of five to six inches throughout the County and isolated totals of fifteen or more inches of rain in North Woodbridge, which caused significant flood damage to homes and businesses along the U.S. 1 corridor.

As hurricane season begins, take a couple of minutes to:

  • Learn if your home or business is in a designated Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain or a Virginia Storm Surge Zone by entering an address in the interactive lookup tool.
  • Build or update a disaster supply kit and family emergency plan.
  • Sign up for free PWC Alerts to receive alerts about severe weather and other emergency conditions in the community.
  • Check your insurance coverage and consider buying flood insurance. Most homeowners and renters insurance policies do not cover the costs associated with flood damage. Just one inch of water can cause $25,000 in damage to your home!

For more information, please visit the County’s page about hurricane preparedness.

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