In a week that saw fires in the Great Dismal Swamp, an earthquake originating in Mineral, Virginia, and now an upcoming hurricane which could hit the Commonwealth over the weekend, Governor McDonnell is talking about disasters.
He says in terms of Hurricane Irene, state emergency operations officials will prepare for a worst-case scenario, meaning the storm’s path could track some of the state’s major interstates and significantly damage coastal and low-lying areas. But he says residents, too, need to be prepared.
“Know where the shelters are, look out for their neighbor, have a plan for their pets, stock up on food and batteries and water now, have a generator if they have a significantly electrical… all those common sense things, today, tomorrow, Friday, that’s the time to be doing these things. We’ll do our part. We’ll put out the appropriate but prudent warnings that are necessary depending on the storm track,” he said.
Additionally, the Governor is announcing major donations to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund, which he established in April to encourage private companies and citizens to give to communities impacted by tornadoes. He also ordered that the fund be made a permanent part of Virginia’s disaster relief tools.