Are you ready? – This is a perfect time to start – or add to – your emergency stockpile. Anyone who has gone to a County grocery store the day before a tropical storm or hurricane knows that shelves are often cleaned out of bread, water and batteries. Imagine if our neighbors living in Norfolk or Virginia Beach are evacuated and they decide to pull off of the Interstate to find shelter and supplies in James City County. While it would be a good day for local businesses, it would be a bad day for local residents who have waited to prepare.
Not sure what you need to have on hand? Check out the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website.
Help protect the water supply – When one end of a hose is attached to an outdoor faucet and the other end is connected to an aspirator type bottle, insecticides or other chemicals in the aspirator bottle can be siphoned back into the drinking water supply.
You can easily prevent the possibility of this type of contamination by installing a hose-bibb vacuum breaker. This small, inexpensive device simply attaches to a threaded water faucet. For more information, call JCSA’s Backflow Prevention & Cross Connection Control Coordinator at
Register for free classes – The Office of Housing and Community Development is offering two workshops in June for anyone interested in buying a home or working on their finances:
Go on a budget-friendly vacation – Pack up the camper or pull out the tents and bring the whole family to Chickahominy Riverfront Park, a 140-acre, island-like getaway nestled on the Chickahominy River and Gordon’s Creek.
For even more fun, schedule your vacation around the park’s special events including the Park to Park Bicycle Tour, Movies under the Stars, Karaoke in the Park, Bark in the Park or the James City County Fair. Make your reservation today and plan to stay the whole weekend. For more information, send an email or call 757-259-5360.
Get a smoke alarm – Protect yourself, your family and firefighters by doing your part to get out before firefighters risk their lives to come in. Install smoke alarms both inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas and on every level of your home. Test them monthly and change the batteries as instructed.
The JCC Fire Department installs free smoke alarms. Call the Fire Education Office for more information, 757-564-4793.
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