• Storm Preparations – Irma is coming, what will the effect be on your Virginia home?

        The following information came to Gina in an email from MMI and is shared with their permission.

        Uncertainty can be stressful.

        I realize how worrisome it can be to turn on the TV or log in to Facebook and see live models and graphs projecting a potentially deadly storm directly into the east coast.

        Honestly, at this time, anything is still possible. We could be missed by the storm entirely… drenched with its remnants… or hit directly by its devastation. The actual models showing the storm’s potential path are updated every six hours and are subject to change with the slightest variations. The models / projections will be much more accurate by Thursday at which time you will start seeing people in the storm’s path starting to make serious plans.

        AGC would like to encourage everyone to ensure they are properly prepared for ANY STORM, be it Irma, a tropical windstorm, or, in the near future … snow!  Take stock of your home now and make sure that you have the following items to ensure you can weather the storm:

        1. Water –The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates bottled water as a packaged food has determined that there is no limit to the shelf life of bottled water. The FDA does not require an expiration date for bottled water products.
        2. Batteries – AAA, AA, C or D depending upon your needs – shelf life for batteries range from 3-15 years, depending upon cell size
        3. Flash lights or battery operated lamps – many good ones can be found at Home Depot or Lowes
        4. Portable emergency radio – Check out Eleclover Solar Crank Portable Dynamo Emergency that has AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with LED Flashlight and Cell phone portable charger – very inexpensive on Amazon Prime
        5. Enough food to last 3-5 days (choose foods that can be eaten without cooking – milk, peanut butter, crackers, cheese, dried meats, etc.)
        6. Toilet paper, diapers, baby formula and food
        7. Basic first aid kit – extra medication
        8. Snow shovel, kitty litter to use when it’s icy
        9. Boots, gloves, hats (very important)
        10. Last, but not least – a family plan so that each member knows that to do in case of severe weather and how to communicate if they get separated

        Keep your gas tank at least half full at all times

        Keep some basic supplies in your vehicle if you travel (blankets, water, cell phone charger, flashlight and flares, sand or kitty litter and small shovel)

        We hope that these tips help prepare you and your loved ones during the upcoming or any future weather events. If Ask Gina & Company, a Northern Virginia Real Estate Team with Pearson Smith Realty can be of any help, please don’t hesitate to call us at 703-574-3478.

        Stay safe!