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Prepare for Winter


Date: December 26, 2008
Contact: Michelle Salnoske
Communications Specialist


Phone: (757) 253-6728


Are you prepared for a winter storm that may cause you to lose power? The coming winter months hold the possibility of snow, ice and downed power lines. James City County encourages all residents to use our simple guidelines to prepare for a winter emergency. Simple steps to becoming disaster ready include, preparing your home, assembling an emergency supply kit and knowing where to get local information and instructions.


An emergency supply kit includes essentials items to last at least three days, such as, battery powered radio, extra batteries, flashlight, food, water, first aid kit that is suitable for your personal needs, blankets, warm clothes, any medications that you may need and pet supplies if needed. Call the County’s Emergency hotline at 875-2424 for recorded information or JCC Emergency Office at 564-2140.


If you are an elderly or disabled County resident with special need assistance call James City County at 259-3171 now for assistance in developing personal winter preparedness plans. If you need help in order to evacuate or require other services, this service will help you identify and register for appropriate assistance. This is a voluntary service and is confidential. If you have special medical needs, contact your physician for special instructions.


Use the below information to stay informed with weather alerts and reports from emergency officials in your area:

  • Watch JCC TV48 (Cox Channel 48)
  • Visit and sign up for emergency updates
  • Listen to local radio and TV stations                                                                      
  • Call the County’s Emergency Hotline for recorded information at 875-2424 
  • If the County’s Emergency Operations Center is activated and you need information not available at, JCC TV48 or local radio or television, call the Citizen Inquiry Line at 566-4315
  • Listen to WMBG 740 AM and the Tide 92.3 FM


School closings and delays

  • Call WJCC Schools hotline at 259-4154
  • Watch Channel 47 on Cox Cable
  • Visit
  • Watch and listen to local news media


Some additional winter tips are to make sure your electrical heaters are plugged directly into the wall and have a 3 foot clearance between all heating equipment and anything that can burn. Make sure to install smoke detectors in every bedroom, outside of sleeping areas and on level of the home and check batteries monthly. Make sure outdoor pets have proper dry shelter with blankets or hay, unfrozen water and food. And remember, driving is most dangerous when the temperature is at or under 32 degrees.


For more information on fire education call 253-0574, emergency management information call the County’s office of Emergency Management at 564-2140 or visit





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