Governor Youngkin declares State of Emergency ahead of Hurricane Ian’s impact

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Published: Sep. 28, 2022 at 9:33 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Governor Glenn Youngkin has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Ian’s expected impact on parts of Virginia.

The hurricane is expected to impact the state starting Friday, Sept. 30.

“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 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,” Governor Youngkin said.

This declaration allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources and equipment needed for response and recovery efforts. Virginians should prepare for severe rainfall, flooding, wind damage, tornadoes and other storm-related impacts.

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

Recommendations for the storm:

  • 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.
  • Stay informed by keeping up-to-date with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook. Power outages are always a concern during weather events—make sure you have a battery-operated radio available so you can still receive life-saving alerts.