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VEOC Activation Status: Yellow, Monitoring

These days, emergency alerts can reach you in so many ways–WEA (Wireless Emergency Alerts) come to your cell phone, EAS (Emergency Alert System) on TV and Radio, NOAA weather radio alerts, mobile apps and more. It’s important to have several different ways you can receive emergency alerts, and to be armed with the knowledge you need before an emergency happens. 

If you’re interested in learning about how to become an official storm spotter, read more and sign up for Storm Spotter Training

Resources

Utility Assistance

Ask your utility company whether your medical equipment qualifies you to be listed as a life-sustaining equipment customer. For those who rely on electric-powered medical equipment at home (e.g., respirators, dialysis machines, apnea monitors), please register with your utility provider so you can be contacted in the event of an emergency. They will also contact you if there are any planned outages in your area.

While registering with your utility provider is an important preparedness step, people who use electric-powered medical equipment should have an emergency plan. Does your machine have a backup battery, or does it require a generator? Depending on the disaster, it could take first responders several hours or even a few days to reach you.

If you or someone you live with requires power for assistive medical devices, make sure you have filled out the appropriate paperwork so that they can prioritize your service restoration.

Here is a list of the utility companies that serve Virginia:

Federal, State, and Local Government

Agencies | Virginia.gov

Virginia CommonHelp

Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority (atlfa.org)

Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (vadars.org) 800-622-2155 

Department for the Blind and Visually Impaired VA Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired Home (vdbvi.org) 804-662-7000 dars@dars.virginia.gov

Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (vddhh.org) 804-662-9502 frontdsk@vddhh.virginia.gov

Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services 804-786-3921 

Virginia Employment Commission Virginia Employment Commission | Virginia Employment Commission 1-866-832-2363 

911 Tips
  • If you call 911, specify the type of emergency (fire, medical, police) and be prepared to answer questions. During a medical emergency, turn a light on so that emergency responders can find your home.
  • During emergencies, please use the telephone only when absolutely necessary to keep the lines free for emergency calls.
  • If the 911 system becomes unavailable for any reason, call the fire department dispatcher or your local precinct.
  • If you need police assistance but it’s not an emergency, call your town or county’s non-emergency police number.