RICHMOND — The Prince William County Police Department, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Prince William County Department of Emergency Management, has begun deploying officers to Puerto Rico to assist first responders with the ongoing hurricane recovery efforts.
The first rotation of eight officers flew to the region today for a 14-day assignment. Two additional rotations of eight officers are scheduled for staggered deployment over the next six weeks. Arlington County Police Department will deploy four officers on Friday in a rotation similar to Prince William’s schedule; they will send 12 officers total when the rotations are complete. In addition, the City of Hampton Police Department will send six officers from Nov. 12 through Nov. 28.
“Through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, and working with Virginia’s localities, the Commonwealth and the department continue to evaluate and respond to opportunities to assist Puerto Rico and states impacted by the historic 2017 hurricane season,” said VDEM State Coordinator, Jeff Stern. “I want to thank the three localities, police departments and law enforcement officials that have responded to the call to assist Puerto Rico for their dedication, assistance and service.”
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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