Gov. Northam declares state of emergency with Hurricane Dorian looming

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 4, 2019

Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Dorian's arrival in the continental United States.

Once Dorian arrives in the commonwealth, potential impacts include coastal and inland flooding, storm surge, damaging winds and prolonged power outages.

Parts of Virginia are expected to feel Dorian's wrath beginning Thursday. "I am declaring a state of emergency to ensure that localities and communities have the appropriate level of assistance, and to coordinate the Commonwealth's response to any potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian". It also allows the commonwealth to deploy people and equipment as soon as possible for response and recovery efforts. Planning and evacuation measures can now also be shared with North Carolina.

This action does not apply to individuals or private businesses.

Among the state agencies that are working together in preparation for the storm are the Department of Emergency Management, the Virginia State Police, Department of Transportation, Virginia National Guard, Department of Social Services, Department of Health, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and others.

Any Virginians living on the coast are encouraged to learn their evacuation zones (which can be found here).

The Virginia Emergency Operations Center was activated at 8 a.m. Monday to monitor the storm and to coordinate preparedness efforts with local, state and federal officials.

-For a list of recommended emergency supplies to sustain your household before, during and after the storm visit VAemergency.gov/supply-kit. Download the FEMA app on your smartphone to receive mobile alerts from the National Weather Service.

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