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Richmond, Virginia 23226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 26, 2015
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Virginia Continues Response to Latest Snow Storm
RICHMOND, Va. – A coordinated effort is underway to clean up parts of Virginia from the latest round of snow. Local governments, state agencies and other partners are working together to move the Commonwealth back toward normal routine. At the state level, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management continues to coordinate the response efforts.
Virginia Department of Fire Programs is providing a Mobile Incident Support Team to help manage the response in Wise County. Virginia Department of Forestry has assisted several localities with clearing high-elevation roads in southwest Virginia. Employees at the Virginia Department of Transportation are working 12-hour shifts around the clock to clear and treat roads, and the Virginia Department of Military Affairs has 90 National Guard soldiers and airmen activated, performing missions ranging from emergency transport, to assisting with snow removal.
Citizens are urged to take necessary precautions to protect themselves from injury as they clear snow and storm related debris. You can help the overall recovery by doing the following:
- Wear appropriate clothing like gloves/mittens, hats, scarves and snow boots when working or playing outside. Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing and cover your face and mouth if possible.
- If you have lost power or your heat is not working properly, contact your local government or 211 to find out if there is a warming center near you.
- To avoid doing double work, shovel snow from your driveway after the street has been plowed.
- Stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. Temperatures will fall below freezing again tonight, so there will be icy patches and slippery spots, even on cleared roads. If you must travel, drive slowly, and maintain a safe distance between your car and other vehicles.
- Check on neighbors, especially the elderly or people who are disabled or with medical needs.
- Limit your time outdoors to prevent frostbite and hypothermia.
- Consider clearing snow from around the fire hydrants in your neighborhood to assist with overall neighborhood preparedness.
- If you are staying home, it’s a good time to download the free Ready Virginia app from iTunes or Google Store and complete your personal and family emergency plan.
Updates on winter storm response from VDEM can be found 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