VDOT CREWS PREPARE FOR WINTER WEATHER
Motorists urged to avoid or limit travel this evening and tomorrow
RICHMOND – Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) crews have begun full preparations for the significant winter weather expected to impact the commonwealth today and tomorrow. Anti-icing operations have been conducted on major roads across the state, which started yesterday and continued through this morning. Salt and brine help to melt ice and snow, creating greater friction on road surfaces.
VDOT crews will conduct snow removal efforts throughout the duration of the storm, focusing first on heavily traveled interstate and primary roads, then turning to secondary roads and subdivision streets.
VDOT also has coordinated efforts with utility companies in anticipation of downed power lines. In an effort to restore power as soon as possible, the power company removes the lines, then VDOT removes trees and debris from the roads. Never attempt to drive over or remove downed power lines yourself.
Motorists are encouraged to stay off roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.
Winter weather driving tips and other preparations:
• Monitor your local news sources for the latest weather conditions
• Avoid driving during the storm
• Prepare your vehicle for winter driving conditions, including having an emergency kit in your vehicle
• Prepare your home for winter weather conditions in case of power outages
• Before getting behind the wheel, call 511 or go to www.511virginia.org to get the latest information on road conditions
• Call VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center at 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions
For more winter travel information, go to http://www.virginiadot.org/travel/snow.asp.
• Get where you need to be before the weather gets bad. If possible, delay travel to allow VDOT crews to clear the roads. If you must drive, wear a seatbelt.
• Get current road condition information by calling 511 or visiting www.511Virginia.org. Download the 511 mobile app to get the latest road condition information.
• Monitor local weather forecasts so you know how the storm will affect your community.
• Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours, in case roads are blocked and/or there are power outages.
• A three-day supply of food includes a gallon of water per person per day and food that does not require electricity to prepare it.
• Have a battery powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries for emergency information. Listen to local weather forecasts and instructions from local officials.
• Bring pets inside during the storm.
• Always run generators outside in well-ventilated areas. Never use a portable generator in any enclosed or partially enclosed space. Follow manufacturer’s instructions exactly.
• Call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center.
• Have emergency supplies in your vehicle. If you are stranded you will need water, food, blankets, flashlight and extra batteries at a minimum.
• Avoid overexertion while shoveling snow and cleaning up from the storm, no matter your age or physical condition. Shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.
• If you need help for an elderly or disabled person during the storm, need information on warming shelters, or are concerned about an unsheltered individual or family, call 211 or visit www.211virginia.org. When you call 211, a trained professional will suggest sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in your community and statewide.
• Get winter weather preparedness information at www.ReadyVirginia.gov and download the new Ready Virginia app for iPhones and Android devices.
February 12, 2014
DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY
Whereas, Pittsylvania County has consulted with the National Weather Service and the Virginia Department of Transportation and does hereby find that:
1. Due to the potential winter storm event, the County of Pittsylvania is facing serious road hazards with fallen trees and power outages for homes and businesses as a result of heavy wet snow.
2. Due to these hazards, a condition of extreme peril of life and property necessitates the Declaration of Emergency.
NOW, THEREFORE, I HEREBY PROCLAIM that an emergency now exists throughout said County; and
IT IS FURTHER PROCLAIMED AND ORDERED that during the existence of said emergency the powers, functions, and duties of the Director of Emergency Management of the County of Pittsylvania, shall be those prescribed by law and the ordinances, resolutions, and approved plans of the County of Pittsylvania in order to mitigate the effects of said emergency.
Effective: February 12, 2014
Otis S. Hawker
Deputy Director of Emergency Management
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell announced today a way for Virginians to become “mobile ready” for disasters. The Ready Virginia mobile app, developed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, gives Virginians a new way to prepare for disasters and also to stay informed during emergencies with the latest information.
The Ready Virginia app is available for download in the App StoreSM and in Google Play™ for Android™. Read more at http://governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=1611.