According to the National Weather Service this morning, current hurricane track projections continue to show a significantly lessened impact from Hurricane Matthew in Virginia. There have been multiple changes in the track over the past several days indicating the storm could continue to be a potential wind, rain, and storm surge threat along the eastern seaboard into next week. It is still advisable to keep an eye on Hurricane Matthew and remain prepared in case the track changes again. Continue to monitor the storm, sign up for alerts with your local community, and follow instructions from local officials, when provided. For help with creating a preparedness plan, check our new website at readyvirginia.gov for hurricane readiness tips
How Citizens Can Prepare:
- Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality. Assemble a disaster supply kit for your home, office and car. Items that are important to have during an emergency include: cell phone backup power, batteries, flashlights, lanterns, bottled water, first aid kits, NOAA Weather Radios and portable generators. See a complete list of important emergency items.
- Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™. Features include: NWS warnings; customizable emergency plan; an emergency supplies checklist; the “I’m Safe!” text feature for notifying friends and family in an emergency; and an interactive map to identify potential storm surge risks.
- Check out VDEM’s new website. Create a family emergency communications plan.
- Decide how and where everyone will meet up with each other if separated.
- Choose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family and give that person’s phone number to each family member.
- Make a sheet of emergency contacts and post it in visible places in your home and workplace, rather than relying on smartphones or online contact lists.
- Get a free emergency plan worksheet or use the new Ready Virginia app.
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Virginia Department of Emergency Management
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Virginia Department of Transportation
Call 511 for traffic conditions or download the “511 application” from www.511virginia.org
Call 1-800-FOR-ROAD to report road conditions or speak with customer service
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