Virginia Department of Emergency Management
10501 Trade Court, Richmond, VA 23236
CONTACT: Bob Spieldenner (804) 674-2400 (24/7)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jan. 27, 2011
Local and State officials respond to severe winter weather storm
Widespread power outages and low temperatures could create hazardous situation
RICHMOND, VA — Local and state government personnel in Northern Virginia worked through the night to clear roads of snow and downed trees and assist stranded motorists. Travel in the region remains hazardous and Virginians are asked to delay travel until later in the day to allow crews to clear the roads as quickly as possible.
Local law enforcement and Virginia State Police have assisted stranded motorists and disabled vehicles.
VDOT has about 2,200 trucks treating and plowing major roads and subdivisions in the region, but heavy traffic and downed trees and power lines have made the work difficult.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has brought in additional staff to the Virginia Emergency Operations Center to ensure coordination with local governments and state agencies.
As of 1 a.m., more than 180,000 customers were without power in the Northern Virginia region. It is not known at this point when power will be restored for all customers. Forecasted cold temperatures could create dangerous situations for those without power, especially the elderly.
Here are some safety tips for those without power.
- Keep space heaters at least three feet from other objects. Never leave space heaters unattended.
- Use flashlights instead of candles for light.
- Use generators only outdoors and only in well ventilated areas.
Motorists who must travel should check current weather, road conditions and traffic cameras before traveling at www.511Virginia.org or by calling 511.
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