June 28, 2013
Almost a year after a derecho swept through Central Virginia, killing two Albemarle County and causing historic numbers of power outages, local emergency services are expanding their emergency notification systems.
Charlottesville, Albemarle and UVa emergency service providers are now using social media outlets, like Facebook and Twitter, to keep people informed when dangerous weather strikes.
Kirby Felts, emergency management coordinator for Charlottesville, Albemarle, and UVa says that the experience of last years storm has made for more efficient emergency response.
"It really is preparedness as a community responsibility and that everyone can do something to help themselves and help their community get back up on their feet quickly after something does happen." says Felts.
One thing Felts says that you can do to be prepared is to make a 'storm kit'. It should include water, batteries, and canned food.
To sign up to receive alerts,
follow this link to Charlottesville-UVa-Albemarle Communications Center website .
Their Twitter handle is @CommEmerg and will hashtag important tweets with #CommEmerg
You can 'Like' their Facebook page by following this link.
For an emergency emergency preparedness kit checklist, Felts recommends:
1. FEMA's website
2. Virginia's Emergency Management site
Virginia's Emergency Management also has a checklist app.
3. Red Cross' website