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Preparing for Hurricane Irene

From Prince William County:


The National Weather Service says Virginia could have damaging winds and flooding in low-lying areas beginning Saturday through Sunday.

Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for the most current information on the storm.

Plan to be self-sustaining for at least three days – have food that doesn’t need refrigeration and one gallon of water per person per day.  Have a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries ready in case power goes out so you can hear weather information and instructions from officials.

Review your family emergency plan. If you don’t have a plan, use the worksheet at www.ReadyVirginia.gov. Click on Make a Plan.

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Irene?

Are You Prepared for Hurricane Irene?



The National Weather Service predicts Hurricane Irene will start impacting the east coast as early as Friday, August 26th bringing torrential rains and damaging high winds.  In preparation for this extreme weather, Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (www.pwcgov.org/fire) would like to remind citizens that planning ahead is the key in increasing one’s chances of survival during an emergency.  By following a few simple and low-cost steps you can prepare and protect your family, business, neighborhood and community when emergencies and disasters arise.

Before the storm hits:

Check emergency equipment and supplies.

Have non-perishable food and drinking water on hand for family and pets.

Clear loose or clogged rain gutters and downspouts.

Prince William Hospital Prepares for Sesquicentennial


From Mary Beth Gibson:

MANASSAS, VA—Thousands of people are expected to visit Manassas and western Prince William County to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas, July 21-July 24, and Prince William Hospital is preparing for a possible influx of patients who may require medical treatment during this four-day period at both its Manassas campus and at Heathcote Health Center in Haymarket.

SLIDESHOW: Tornado Warning, Severe Thunderstorms

Virginia State Of Emergency

RICHMOND (WUSA) -- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency Thursday after severe storms and tornadoes caused deaths throughout the state.

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State agencies are going to help local governments respond to the impact of the severe weather.

• The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the state's response with increased staffing.

What is Your Severe Weather Plan?

What is Your Severe Weather Plan?

With the tornado warnings and severe weather in the area people all over NoVA were on alert yesterday, as well as into today. What is your severe weather plan? Do you have one? Share with us on twitter or below in our commenting section.

We asked some @wusa9 twitter followers and here are some of the responses we got:

@GerriMadalene I do exactly what i'm told NOT to do. I hear "stay away from windows"&i stick my nose right up to them to see what's coming! :)

@GerriMadalene Leesburg! It was CRAZY this morning. But i'm a storm freak, i'd be out chasing tornadoes if i didnt have to work 8-5 :)

@MLG_Gandhi nothing. Weather is wrong majority of the time. Ill take my chances

@carolynofnova Go to basement with beer!

@lynn0202 get down to my basement with my kids & dogs!

9NEWS Fans Submit Severe Weather Pics

We asked for pictures Wednesday during tornado warnings in our area and you delivered.