Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Two Powerful Storms

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments | News
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was taken to the hospital Monday.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

Addressing the rain Tuesday and the storms coming to the area Thursday, Friday and early next week, Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency, which authorizes state agencies to help localities respond to the weather event.

I cannot stress enough the imperative for Virginians to focus on the rainstorms that are headed our way tomorrow and Friday, well before Hurricane Joaquin could potentially impact Virginia,” Governor McAuliffe said. “The forecast of up to 10 inches of rain in areas across Virginia could result in floods, power outages and a serious threat to life and property. As we continue to track the path of Hurricane Joaquin, I have instructed the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security to make every preparation for a major event Thursday and Friday.”

McAuliffe has made the Executive Order retroactive to Tuesday, Sept. 29, which would allow Virginia state and local emergency responders to prepare for the approaching storms.

“We’re taking these storms very seriously and so should you,” Virginia Department of Emergency Management state coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern said.  “If you are in an area that is prone to flooding, listen for instructions from local officials and be prepared to evacuate, if necessary.” 

State agencies suggest:

  • Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and Android™, which features a customizable emergency plan, a checklist for gathering emergency supplies and an “I’m Safe!” feature that allows you to quickly send a text message to let family and friends know you are safe.
  • Decide how and where everyone will meet up with each other if separated.
  • Choose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family and give that person’s phone number to each family member.
  • Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality. 

Furthermore, in the case of flooding, residents should be prepare to evacuate high risk areas and stay away from moving water, whether they are on foot or in a vehicle.

“Do not drive into flooded areas. If your vehicle becomes surrounded by rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground, if possible,” officials said. “Flood water might cut off access to roads; be prepared to stay where you are until floodwaters recede.”

For road conditions, residents can refer to to www.511Virginia.org or dial 511 from any phone for real-time traffic information and road condition reports.

Bristow Beat will continue to track the storm and provide updates throughout the weather event.

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