By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:
TORNADO PREPAREDNESS DAY 2016
WHEREAS, tornadoes often form unexpectedly and their destructive power can cause significant property damage, injuries, and loss of life; and
WHEREAS, Virginia experiences an average of 15 to 20 tornadoes annually; and
WHEREAS, a severe storm system on February 24,2016, spawned eight tornadoes, causing five deaths, at least 45 injuries, and damage to more than 400 structures across 12 localities in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, preparing for tornadoes and severe storms reduces the impact of these disasters on our citizens, and all Virginians should know where to seek shelter during a tornado, whether at home, at work, at school, or elsewhere; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and local emergency management offices designate a day each year to focus our attention on tornado safety awareness and important life-saving procedures to be used in the event of a tornado warning; and
WHEREAS, a Statewide Tornado Drill is sponsored annually by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, which urge schools, colleges, universities, businesses, organizations, families and individuals to participate in the drill set for March 22, 2016, at 9:45 a.m. when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio and Emergency Alert Systems will broadcast a test tornado warning message;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 22, 2016, as TORNADO PREPAREDNESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.
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