April 9, 2011, 3 p.m.
Office of the Governor
CONTACT: Jeff Caldwell, Governor’s press secretary
Phone: (804) 291-6825
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
CONTACT: Bob Spieldenner
Phone: (804) 897-6510
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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