On the afternoon of October 26, 2012, Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the predicted high winds, rainfall, and other potential impacts of Hurricane Sandy in combination with other weather systems approaching the eastern United States. Please click on the following link for the complete statement from the governor’s office: Governor McDonnell Declares State of Emergency in Preparation for Hurricane Sandy, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 10/26/12.
Meanwhile, the following is hurricane-preparedness information provided 10/26/12 by the Virginia Water Monitoring Council:
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has important information on preparing for a hurricane and other emergencies – See the Hurricane Preparedness page at http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia or www.readyvirginia.gov for advice on preparing for a hurricane, storm surge maps, evacuation plans, etc. Includes the “Virginia Hurricane Evacuation Guide,” which has important information to help you decide whether to stay at home or evacuate, how to use storm surge maps, evacuation routes, preparing your home, and more. “Ready Virginia” also has information about preparing an emergency plan and supply kit – Kits should have supplies to prepare for no power for at least three days (Be sure to include a First Aid kit, food that won’t perish, and 1 gallon water/person/day). Make sure your battery-powered radio is working in case the electricity goes out and have extra batteries on hand.
Capitalert – Allows citizens to sign up for free emergency alerts from the local governments in the Washington, DC region. Users can customize which free emergency alerts are sent to a cell phone or e-mail address. For more information, see http://www.capitalert.gov/.