Virginia Department of Emergency Services
CONTACT: Mike J. LaCivita (804) 674-2409
Janet L. Clements (804) 674-2481
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 26, 1998
News Release No. 2
VIRGINIA LOCALITIES AND THE STATE PREPARE FOR HURRICANE BONNIE
RICHMOND, VA — Local and state government officials are busy making preparations for Hurricane Bonnie forecast for arrival in Virginia later tonight. In the Hampton Roads and Peninsula areas of Virginia, local governments are taking actions to protect their citizens from the effects of the storm. Fifteen jurisdictions have declared a local emergency. As they wait for the high winds to arrive, they are advising visitors in campgrounds and residents in mobile home parks to evacuate to stronger structures. As of noon today, 13 jurisdictions have opened public shelters.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was fully activated on a 24-hour basis following Governor Gilmore’s Declaration of a State of Emergency at 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 1998. Representatives of 18 agencies, including the American Red Cross and the U.S. Coast Guard, that have responsibilities as part of the State Emergency Response Team are also working out of the State EOC.
“We are monitoring the storm’s progress and making preparations to deal with Hurricane Bonnie,” said Michael Cline, State Coordinator of Emergency Services. “We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst. We want residents to pay close attention to weather advisories and heed the advice of local authorities.”
On the local level, Virginia Beach, Hampton and Gloucester County have closed their beaches and piers due to high winds and heavy surf. Several communities have closed public buildings and cancelled scheduled events.
As a result of the mandatory evacuation of the North Carolina Outer Banks and voluntary evacuations in Virginia, hotels in several cities near the state line have been filled since Tuesday. The cities of Chesapeake, Suffolk, and Emporia have little or no hotel room vacancies for tonight.
For more information on hurricane safety and to monitor preparedness activities, access the Virginia Department of Emergency Services Web site.
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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