Virginia search and rescue teams were called out four times in the past 24 hours, with all four incidents ending in positive outcomes. Local, state and volunteer teams were dispatched through localities and the Virginia Emergency Operations Center Situational Awareness Unit to support localities with search teams and planning assistance. The teams rallied to create a systematic process to find those who were reported missing having acute physical or mental health conditions, or whose lives were threatened by freezing temperatures. All four calls on Thursday resulted in the missing persons being returned home safely, including a six-year-old Bedford County boy lost for more than four hours when he ran off with his dog, a 33-year-old woman in Frederick County suffering from a mental health condition, a 70-year-old Henrico man missing for hours, and a 12-year-old Henrico boy who had been missing for more than four hours.
With cold weather continuing across Virginia and children being out of school on holiday break, VDEM’s search and rescue program expects to remain busy this holiday season. Many local search and rescue teams are looking for more volunteers to train to participate in these searches. To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work to connect you with your local search and rescue organization.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) coordinates the statewide search and rescue program and is on call 24/7 to provide search and rescue support to localities responding to missing person reports. This year, VDEM has responded to 94 search and rescue requests statewide.
To learn more about VDEM’s search and rescue program, visit http://www.vaemergency.gov/get-involved/search-and-rescue-program/
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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