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Governor McDonnell Declares State of Emergency for Severe Weather

Eight Killed by Possible Tornadoes

 

RICHMOND – Thursday morning, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency in response to severe weather that affected the commonwealth yesterday and this morning. The action authorizes state agencies to assist local governments in responding to the impact of possible tornadoes which ripped through the state late Wednesday and early Thursday.

With the state of emergency, the state can quickly make resources to county and local governments. The Governor’s emergency declaration insures a fully coordinated state response to support local initial recovery efforts. A declaration also decreases time and paperwork needed to get personnel, equipment and supplies on scene.

Severe storms that spawned possible tornadoes struck several areas including the counties of Goochland, Halifax, Shenandoah and Washington among others. Seven fatalities in Washington County and one in Halifax County have been confirmed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

State agencies are assisting by:

• The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is coordinating the state’s response with increased staffing.

• Regional emergency coordinators with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management are on scene working with local responders and emergency managers.

• Virginia State Police are assisting with traffic control and security.

• Chainsaw crews from the Virginia Department of Forestry are assisting with debris removal.

• Virginia Department of Transportation crews are clearing debris and ensuring roads are safe for travel.

• Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are assisting with chainsaw crews.

For information on preparing for severe weather in Virginia, go to www.vaemergency.com and www.ReadyVirginia.gov

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