10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 24, 2015
CONTACT: Dawn Eischen
(804) 897-6510 or (804) 674-2400
Nov. 29-Dec. 5 is Winter Preparedness Week
Virginia forecast includes colder, wetter winter
RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed Nov. 29 through Dec. 5 as Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia, which serves as a reminder to prepare now before severe weather arrives.
Virginia could get a wetter-than-average and colder-than-average winter, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The NWS has predicted above-median precipitation amounts for December, January and February in Virginia due to a strong El Niño effect. NWS also predicted that temperatures might be slightly below median levels.
“No matter what the predictions are, a significant winter storm is always possible,” said State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “You can reduce the risk of loss of life and property during the winter months by taking measures before severe weather arrives, and follow the proper steps during and after winter storms.”
Keep in mind that an important part of winter weather planning is being prepared to stay where you are until conditions improve. To be ready, take these steps:
- Get a kit. Basic emergency supplies include:
- Food and water for three days (one gallon of water per person per day).
- A battery-powered and/or hand-cranked radio with extra batteries.
- For businesses and offices, bottled water, protein bars and a radio or TV to hear local information about whether it is safe to travel.
- A power pack for recharging cell phones and other mobile devices.
- Make a plan. Everyone needs an emergency plan:
- Decide who your out-of-town emergency contact will be.
- Where will you meet up with family members if you can’t return home?
- Get an emergency plan worksheet at ReadyVirginia.gov.
- Stay informed. Before, during and after a winter storm, you should:
- Listen to local media for information and instructions from emergency officials.
- Be aware of winter storm watches and warnings and road conditions.
- Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.
- Get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or checking www.511Virginia.org
- Download the Ready Virginia app. Free app for iPhone® and Android™ features:
- Location-specific weather watches and warnings issued by the NWS.
- A customizable family emergency plan that can be easily shared.
- A checklist for gathering emergency supplies.
- “I’m Safe!” notification that allows users to quickly send a text message to let family and friends know they are safe.
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