RICHMOND, VA – Governor Glenn Youngkin has declared a State of Emergency in advance of Hurricane Ian, which is expected to impact portions of Virginia starting on Friday, September 30, 2022.

“Hurricane Ian is a large, powerful storm, and current predictions indicate that it may impact parts of Virginia later this week into early next week,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin.“We want to ensure that our communities have the resources needed to respond to and recover from any potential effects from the storm. While we recognize that the storm track is still uncertain, I nevertheless encourage all Virginians and visitors to make a plan, have supplies on hand, and follow official sources for the latest forecast information and guidance. Suzanne and I will be praying for those in Florida in the path of the storm.”

This State of Emergency allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources and equipment needed for response and recovery efforts. Virginians should be prepared for the potential of severe rainfall, flooding, wind damage, tornadoes, and other storm-related impacts.

The Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) is actively monitoring the situation and coordinating resources and information to prepare for this storm. The Virginia Emergency Operations Center (VEOC) will coordinate preparedness, response, and recovery efforts with local, state, and federal officials.

The full text of Executive Order 22 is available here.

Recommendations for Virginians

Make a plan. Plan in advance a route to a safe place, how you will stay in contact with family and friends, and what you will do in different situations.

Prepare an emergency kit. For a list of recommended emergency supplies to sustain your household before, during, and after the storm visit the A&N Electric Cooperative Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

Stay informed. Stay tuned to 103.3 FM WESR & 105.7 FM Coastal Country for breaking news alerts and continue to monitor ShoreDailyNews.com. Download the Eastern Shore Radio App for major news announcement push notifications sent right to your phone. Check out the A&N Electric Cooperative Hurricane Preparedness Guide for all the information you need about hurricane preparedness or pick up a paper copy at several area local businesses.

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