In the early fall months, it is not unlikely for a hurricane and/or tropical storm to affect the eastern parts of Virginia, including Williamsburg. During these storms, King & Queen Apartments may experience high winds, torrential rain, and loss of power.
At times, the College of William & Mary may cancel classes and evacuate student residents living on campus. However, King & Queen Apartments is not located on campus and if King & Queen Apartments residents choose to evacuate ahead of the storm, residents should implement their personal evacuation plan.
If King & Queen Apartments residents choose to evacuate, it is suggested that they contact their family and tell them when they’re leaving and where they’ll be staying during the storm.
To determine if King & Queen Apartments is in a hurricane evacuation zone, check the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s website, https://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup/, to check the coastal Virginia evacuation zones.
Whether you stay or evacuate, be sure to do the following:
- Do not leave anything on the porches, landings, or railings.
- Keep your windows and doors fully closed during wind and rain.
- If there is a window air-conditioner installed in a window it does NOT need to be removed.
- The area is likely to lose power for an extended period of time. Remember, no open flames are allowed in your apartment or on the premises. This includes gas or charcoal stoves and grills, and candles.
There is a good checklist of actions to take prior to a hurricane arriving at: https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes
You can keep up with the latest information on this storm threat, or other emergencies in the area, by registering with the Williamsburg Alert Emergency Notification System. This service provides emergency alerts from the City of Williamsburg. You can sign up at: http://williamsburgva.gov/alerts
You should stock six basics for your home: water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, and special items. Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container. See the Hurricane Safety Website at: http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/ for a complete checklist.
Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Hurricane Evacuation Guide: https://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricane-evacuation-zone-lookup/hurricane-evacuation-guide/.
Your cell phones and any other rechargeable devices should be fully charged in advance of the storm’s arrival.
If an incoming storm doesn’t affect King & Queen Apartments directly, this is still a good time to create your own hurricane preparedness plan, so in the future, you can be prepared without forgetting anything significant.