By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of
the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:
WINTER PREPAREDNESS WEEK
WHEREAS, in recent years, the Commonwealth of Virginia has experienced severe winter weather including record-breaking snowstorms and extremely cold temperatures; and
WHEREAS, severe winter weather can cause extended power outages and interruptions in electrical and communications services, affecting homes, schools, and businesses; and
WHEREAS, winter weather can lead to injury and death from cold exposure, heart attacks and strokes due to over exertion, traffic accidents, and other related causes; and
WHEREAS, the loss of life and property during the winter months can be greatly reduced if Virginians take appropriate measures before severe weather occurs, and follow precautionary measures during and after winter storms; and
WHEREAS, preparedness procedures will be highlighted throughout Winter Preparedness Week as the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and other state agencies join with the National Weather Service and county and city emergency management offices to provide winter safety information to citizens throughout the Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 29 – December 5, 2015, as WINTER PREPAREDNESS WEEK 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