Message from County Administrator, Frank Rogers: “We are closely monitoring this storm and making preparations should it’s path bring the higher levels of rain and winds projected. As our highest concern and priority is the safety of our residents and visitors, I strongly urge everyone to use caution and be prepared in case our locality remains in its high impact zone over the next few days. Take needed measures now to ensure you and your family remain safe. As always, it is prudent to hope for the best outcomes, while simultaneously making plans for the more serious issues related with these types of storms. We will keep you updated as we have more information.”
State of Emergency for Virginia: Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency for Virginia in order to mobilize personnel and resources for storm impacts, and to speed the response to those communities that are damaged by the storm. This includes resources from VDEM, the Virginia Department of Transportation, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Health, Virginia National Guard (VNG) and others.
Public Communication: Updates from Campbell County will be posted on the County’s website and on the Public Safety and Sheriff’s Office Facebook pages. Citizens are reminded to visit Campbell County’s emergency preparedness site for additional safety tips and instructions. http://www.campbellcountyva.gov/228/Emergency-Preparedness
County Services: No Campbell County Departments/Services are closed at this time in anticipation of the storm. Any changes to service/operational hours will be posted on the County’s website and shared with local media.
With hurricane Florence forecasted to impact the east coast later this week, Campbell County could see heavy rain, flash flooding, downed trees, loss of power, or even the possibility of tornadoes depending on the storm’s final trajectory and intensity (which as of today still remains unclear). Local public safety officials are closely monitoring the path of this storm and encourage residents to be aware of its possible effects and prepare in advance.
- Make a Kit, Get and Plan, and Stay Informed. To learn more, visit www.VAEmergency.gov or Campbell County’s Emergency Preparedness webpage.
- Have enough food, fresh water and personal care items for you, your family, and pets to last at least three days in case you lose power.
- Have any needed medications in supply. If you rely on electronic medical equipment, make sure back-up systems are working properly.
- Keep important documents, phone numbers and cash easily accessible.
- Have a family/friend/neighbor contact plan to check on others.
- Charge cell phones and electronic devices in advance; fill vehicles’ gas tanks.
- If necessary to use a generator, use according to manufacturer’s instructions and check that sufficient ventilation is present.
- Secure your property of anything that could cause damage if high wind becomes an issue (dead tree limbs, lawn/porch items, etc.).
- Only travel if necessary during severe weather and DO NOT CROSS FLOOD WATERS. Roadways could be damaged beneath flood waters, and a few inches of water can sweep vehicles away. TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN.
- Only call 911 if you are experiencing an emergency. This keeps 911 lines open for those who are in critical need.
- For power or internet outages, call your service provider directly. For a list of local service providers, please visit Campbell County’s power outage page at http://va-campbellcounty.civicplus.com/248/Power-Outages.
- Sign-up for CodeRED weather alerts affecting your area. Also, stay tuned to local media for advisories and updated weather conditions.
- Monitor any Virginia road closing at http://www.511virginia.org – click on text views and select a locality from the dropdown menu.
“Those in low lying areas and flood zones should monitor this hurricane very closely. Be prepared to seek a safer, higher location if projections indicate a full impact of rain and flooding for our area,” said Tracy Fairchild, Campbell County Public Safety Director. “It’s too soon to tell what the next few days will hold. Our message now to local residents is be aware and be prepared.”