As Hurricane Sandy Approaches, Governor McDonnell Encourages Virginians to Donate to Virginia Disaster Relief Fund

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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Bob McDonnell

Oct. 29, 2012

Office of the Governor
Contact: Jeff Caldwell
Phone: (804) 225-4260
Email: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov

Department of Emergency Management
Contact: Bob Spieldenner
Phone: (804) 674-2400
Email: Bob.Spieldenner@VDEM.Virginia.Gov

As Hurricane Sandy Approaches, Governor McDonnell Encourages Virginians to Donate to Virginia Disaster Relief Fund

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RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell is encouraging Virginians to use the Virginian Disaster Relief Fund to help their fellow citizens recover from damaging Hurricane Sandy, which continues to approach the Commonwealth at this hour. The fund is a state-managed relief vehicle that allows individual Virginians and businesses to assist in recovery efforts following major natural disasters in the Commonwealth. It was created by Governor McDonnell in April 2011, following a devastating tornado outbreak in the state.

Speaking about the fund, and the ongoing storm, Governor McDonnell remarked, “Hurricane Sandy is continuing to increase its impacts on the Commonwealth. Already we’ve seen seven inches of rain in Mathews County, a 52 mph wind gust in Norfolk, and accumulating snow from Highland to Wise counties. As the afternoon and evening unfold, the storm will get significantly worse. Winds will continue to ramp up to tropical storm force, and perhaps higher in isolated gusts, in Hampton Roads, the Richmond metro area, and Northern Virginia. Additional tide cycles will bring more coastal flooding. And blizzard warnings are now flying for Highland, Dickenson and Buchanan counties. I ask all Virginians to take the proper precautions now for this storm, and to seek shelter and stay off the roads if at all possible. Also, I encourage Virginians to check in on neighbors, friends and family, particularly the elderly, as this storm unfolds. We need to look out for each other.”

The governor continued, “After the storm passes, and skies clear, the work will not be over.  Far from it. Virginians in every region are going to be recovering from significant damage. Virginians are going to need help. We will be taking every and all necessary steps at the state level, in conjunction with our federal and local counterparts, and private utility companies, to get power restored and assist with all recovery efforts. But there is more that must be done, and that’s why I’m asking individual Virginians, and local businesses, to pitch in to voluntarily help one another in the days and weeks ahead. We established the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund for exactly this purpose. Now, Virginians can go online and make a contribution that will be put to work in getting help and assistance to their fellow citizens. It’s easy to do, but so important to the people who will benefit from it. I encourage my fellow Virginians, if they have the interest and the resources, to consider a donation to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund. We will get through this storm and recover from it. And we will do that by working together.”

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