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Richmond, Virginia 23226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 25, 2015
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Virginians Urged to Prepare for Latest Round of Winter Weather
RICHMOND, Va. – Another arctic system will bring up to eight inches of heavy, wet snow and frigid temperatures to parts of Virginia overnight and into the day tomorrow. Much of the Commonwealth is under a winter storm warning or watch, and citizens are being urged to prepare now, and use extreme caution if travel is necessary.
The Governor declared a state of emergency on February 16, an action that authorizes state agencies to be ready to assist local governments in responding to the continued wintry conditions.
“Sadly, more Commonwealth citizens have been lost in recent years to winter emergencies than during hurricanes, tropical storms or tornados,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe. “This, more than anything, illustrates the seriousness of the conditions we’ve seen over the past several days in the state and will continue to see with this latest storm. Early preparation and limiting travel are the key steps citizens can take to assist with response efforts.” Twelve winter weather-related deaths have occurred in the Commonwealth since February 16.
What Citizens Should Do:
- Stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary. If travel is necessary, drive slowly and with great care and allow extra space around other vehicles.
- Use extreme caution around slow-moving equipment being used to treat roads such as snow plows.
- Bring pets inside from the cold.
- Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours, in case roads are blocked and/or there are power outages.
- Have a battery powered or hand-cranked radio and extra batteries for emergency information. Listen to local weather forecasts and instructions from local officials.
- If you need help, information or resources during the storm, call 211. Those with hearing impairments can call 711 to connect to the Virginia Relay Center for assistance with the call. Videophone users may dial 1-800-230-6977.
- Download the free Ready Virginia app at: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/additional-resources/mobileapp.
- Download the free VDOT 511 app for updates on road conditions at: http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/511.asp.
For more information on the Commonwealth’s response efforts, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s blog on the storm at: http://feb16winterstorm.tumblr.com.
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