COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
|Contact: Ellen Qualls|
Phone: (804) 786-2211, ext. 2379
Cell: (804) 393-9429
For Immediate Release
March 24, 2002
Governor Warner Declares State of Emergency for Roanoke County Tire Fire
RICHMOND — Governor Mark R. Warner today declared a state of emergency, in response to a request by Roanoke County. An illegal tire dump in the county is on fire, with an estimated three million tires currently burning across 145 acres. Heavy smoke and potential petroleum runoff are posing a threat to nearby residents and the environment.
This state of emergency opens all the resources of state government to assist with the response to this fire, including the possible use of mandatory evacuations if needed to protect the life and property of citizens. The declaration also authorizes the deployment of the National Guard if necessary.
The Virginia departments of Emergency Management, Environmental Quality, Forestry, State Police, and Transportation have been assisting with the response since the fire broke out yesterday. The National Park Service is also fighting the fire, and the Environmental Protection Agency has activated a regional response team.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971