GOVERNOR WARNER DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY
— Authorizes state agencies to prepare for potential effects of Hurricane Isabel —
RICHMOND — Governor Mark R. Warner declared a State of Emergency today, directing state agencies to take all reasonable actions necessary to protect the health and safety of Virginians from the potentially damaging effects of Hurricane Isabel.
"Current forecasts predict that Hurricane Isabel could cause significant coastal and inland flooding, damaging winds and possible tornadoes throughout the Commonwealth," Governor Warner said. "I have declared a State of Emergency so that state resources will be available to respond anywhere in Virginia should the need arise. Virginians should listen to their local governments and local news media for actions that are appropriate for their area. This State of Emergency simply allows state government to ramp up its own preparations."
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has staffed the State Emergency Operations Center with response team members from state agencies and other affiliated organizations. The Virginia State Police, Virginia National Guard and Virginia Department of Transportation have additional personnel on standby to respond to areas that may be impacted by the storm.
The Governor also called on citizens to prepare now for high winds, potential flooding and disruption of power along the hurricane's expected path. The following information can help Virginians get ready for the effects of Hurricane Isabel:
- Be prepared to evacuate quickly to higher ground if you live in low-lying areas prone to flooding.
- Bring in garbage cans, lawn furniture or other items that could be blown around by high winds and become dangerous projectiles or transportation hazards.
- Prepare for extended power outages of three to seven days by stocking up on flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods, water, prescription medications and other necessary items.
- Remain indoors and stay away from windows and glass doors when heavy winds approach your area.
- Stay tuned to news and weather reports for further information as this dangerous storm approaches Virginia.
More hurricane preparedness information is available on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management's Web site. In addition, the Virginia Public Inquiry Center will be staffed and prepared to handle phone calls from the public, beginning Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. The toll-free number will be 1-866-880-4280.
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