Hey, Florence

Not to be alarmist but…we hear there’s a hurricane coming. MORE rain?!? How is it possible? If you’ve driven past the GW Parkway bike trail in the past few days, you’ll see that there’s not one. There’s water everywhere and a good chance there’s lots more to come! We have some tips for getting your house ready in case we do get dumped on some more.

  • 1. Clear your gutters and drains.

  • 2. Secure loose items on patios and porches.

  • 3. Bring any valuables you keep in your basement upstairs in the event of flooding.

  • 4. Put any valuable papers in the dishwasher — it’s waterproof. This probably goes without saying, but don’t turn it on.

  • 5. Charge electronics and back-up batteries.

  • 6. Get your flashlights ready. Be sure you have extra batteries. Have candles (and matches!) as backups.

  • 7. Don’t buy a ton of food for the freezer in case the power goes out. Arrange the food you have in the fridge and freezer as tightly together as possible. Items will stay cooler, longer.

  • 8. Buy bottled water and lots of it.

  • 9. Use your washer as a cooler and fill it with ice.

  • 10. Test your sump pump to make sure it’s working properly.

  • 11. Fill your cars up with gas.

  • 12. Download the NOAA app for your phone so you can stay informed about weather updates.

  • 13. If you have a gas grill outside, make sure you have enough propane so you can use it to cook if the power is out for a long time.

  • 14. If you have a chainsaw, make sure it’s working properly so you can use it to cut down big limbs that have fallen.

  • 15. Don’t forget rum and ginger beer for dark and stormies! Perfect for when it’s, well, dark and stormy.


Click here for more tips and contact The Patterson Group if you have any questions. We’re here for you!


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Born, raised, and bred in Alexandria, VA, Britt Patterson is a true product of the great state of Virginia. Britt attended Waynewood Elementary (Class of ’96), Carl Sandburg Middle School (Class of ’98) , and West Potomac High School (Class of ’02), she then went on to attend Virginia Tech (go Hokies!) where she majored in Business Marketing and Minored in Real Estate. Britt “officially” joined the family business as a licensed Realtor in 2008 after two years of working the political fundraising field and prides herself on her Alexandria real estate knowledge, alongside her integrity, loyalty, and professionalism as an agent and Vice President for the family business.

The Patterson Group is one of the most experienced and trusted real estate teams in the area, serving Alexandria, VA for over thirty years. We offer professional, hardworking, detailed and friendly service and a large network of contacts and resources accrued over our many years in Alexandria real estate. Comprised of seven Alexandria locals, six of whom are licensed realtors and three of whom are accredited staging professionals, The Patterson Group is passionate and knowledgeable about Alexandria, VA and here for all of your Northern VA real estate needs. Allow us to help you find your home here and discover all that the Alexandria lifestyle has to offer.


400 South Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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