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Resiliency Digest

March 2023

News & tips for being ready
before, during, and after emergencies.
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It's Not Luck to Be Prepared for Flooding

  • Is your go bag ready to sham-rock and roll in case of a disaster?
  • When the luck of the Irish isn’t with you, make sure you have insurance instead.

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster, but only 3% of Virginians have flood insurance. It is estimated that 1 inch of water in a home can cause upwards of $25,000 in damages. Virginia Flood Awareness Week in March encourages Virginians to learn about their flood risk and protect the life they’ve built with flood insurance.

Finding out if you live in a high-risk flood zone is as easy as entering an address on the Virginia Flood Risk Information System. If you live in coastal Virginia know if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone and what that means. Use the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Know Your Zone map to find out.

More Tips to Prepare for Flooding

Stay Aware of Unpredictable Spring Weather

When spring arrives, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods are real possibilities. Why not take the surprise factor out of severe weather and prepare yourself, your family, and your home? Virginia's Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 6 - 10, 2023 is a great time to make sure you have everything in place when thunderstorms, tornadoes, and floods do occur.

How to Prepare for Spring Weather

Participate in Virginia's Statewide Tornado Drill

Virginia’s annual statewide tornado drill for 2023 will take place on Tuesday, March 7, at 9:45 AM EST. Every school, business, work place, and family across the state is strongly encouraged to participate in the statewide tornado drill.

More VA Tornado Drill Info

Want to Get Involved? Consider Skywarn Spotter Training

Would you like to learn what weather types classify as severe weather? This class will cover how thunderstorms form and look at the weather types they can produce from strong winds, hail and even tornadoes. It will also cover the numerous ways that spotters can report this significant weather. This class will be offered several times during Severe Weather Awareness Week. Sign up and register for the class the best matches your schedule. All classes are virtual.  

March 6, 2023 at 6:30 PM - NWS Basic SKYWARN Class - REGISTER

March 8, 2023 at 10:00 AM - NWS Basic SKYWARN Class - REGISTER


March 9, 2023 at 6:30 PM - NWS Basic SKYWARN Class - REGISTER

More About Skywarn Spotter Training
For additional resources to help protect yourself, loved ones, and property, visit the National Weather Service,, U.S. Fire Administration, and the National Safety Council. 
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