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Virginia Governor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Irma

8 Sep 2017, 11:36 am

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency Friday.

Gov. McAuliffe issued the state of emergency in the anticipation of the potential impact from Hurricane Irma.

“It is unfortunate that just as our nation has begun the process to repair the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Harvey, that we are faced with another extreme storm,” said Governor McAuliffe. “However, if there is one lesson we can take from the tragic events that occurred in Texas, it is that we must redouble our preparation efforts. The order I issued today is intended to both protect our commonwealth and to make sure we have every option at our disposal to help our neighboring states when Irma makes landfall.”

The governor’s office stated that their office, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Virginia National Guard, the Virginia State Police, and other state agencies have already begun preparations for the impacts of Hurricane Irma. State agencies are working closely with localities to identify any needs in advance of the storm, and to pre-position resources where they will be most effective. The state Emergency Operations Center will be staffed throughout the weekend in preparation for the storm and will transition into 24/7 operations as needed when the storm approaches.

Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and parts of Georgia have already declared a state of emergency ahead of Irma’s arrival.

For more on the state of emergency, click here.

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