Virginia Department of Emergency Services
CONTACT: Mike J. LaCivita (804) 674-2409
Janet L. Clements (804) 674-2481
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 24, 1998
News Release No. 1
Hurricane Bonnie Forecast to Strike Virginia
RICHMOND, VA — To prepare for the potential threat of Hurricane Bonnie, today Governor Jim Gilmore declared a State of Emergency for Virginia. The National Weather Service is predicting that Hurricane Bonnie could cause storm surge, heavy rains, flooding, and high winds across Tidewater Virginia. Other parts of Virginia could see high winds and heavy rainfall. The Virginia Department of Emergency Services offers the following safety tips to help Virginians prepare for Hurricane Bonnie:
WHEN A HURRICANE IS APPROACHING
- Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated storm information.
- Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture and other items that could blow away.
- Fill your car’s gas tank and prepare to evacuate if told to do so.
- If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately. Remember, public shelters don’t allow pets.
- If you are not advised to evacuate, remain indoors, away from windows. If necessary, seek refuge in an interior, windowless room. Use a mattress to protect you from falling debris.
AFTER THE STORM
- Listen to your local radio stations for official disaster relief information and instructions.
- Be prepared to do without power, telephone or any outside services for a week or more.
- Watch out for downed power lines, weakened structures, rodents and snakes, and avoid puddles of standing water.
- Don’t drink tap water and eat only foods you are absolutely sure are safe.
- Be extra careful when handling power tools, gas lanterns, generators and matches.
- Avoid using candles as a light source. Deadly fires could result.
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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