Governor McDonnell declares state of emergency in response to Pulaski County tornadoes

June 3, 2011  //  

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April 9, 2011, 3 p.m.


Office of the Governor
CONTACT: Jeff Caldwell, Governor’s press secretary
Phone: (804) 291-6825
E-mail: jeff.caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov



Virginia Department of Emergency Management
CONTACT: Bob Spieldenner
Phone: (804) 897-6510
E-mail: Bob.Spieldenner@vdem.virginia.gov


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Governor McDonnell declares state of emergency in response to Pulaski County tornadoes 


RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a state of emergency in response to yesterday’s tornadoes in Pulaski County. This action authorizes state agencies to assist local efforts in responding to the impact of yesterday’s tornadoes in the town of Pulaski and the Draper area.

A state of emergency is declared under state law so that state resources can be made available. The Governor’s emergency declaration insures a fully coordinated state response to support local initial recovery efforts. A declaration also decreases time and paperwork needed to get personnel, equipment and supplies on scene.



A series of severe storms that spawned two tornadoes struck the area causing widespread damage and injuries to eight people. State agencies are assisting by: 



  • The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the state’s response with increased staffing.

  • Regional emergency coordinators with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management are on scene coordinating with local responders and emergency managers.

  • Virginia State Police are assisting with traffic control and security.

  • Chainsaw crews from the Virginia Department of Forestry are assisting with debris removal.

  • Virginia Department of Transportation crews are working to clear debris and ensure roads are safe for travel.

  • Staff from the Virginia Department of Health and VDEM are assisting with public information.

  • Virginia Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster are assisting residents to recover.
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For information on preparing for severe weather in Virginia, go to www.vaemergency.com and www.ReadyVirginia.gov



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Virginia Disaster Relief Fund