Mayor Dwight C. Jones declared a local state of emergency at 8:45 a.m. today, January 30, 2010, due to the winter storm forecasted to impact the city of Richmond this weekend. The city also activated its emergency operations center (EOC) at 7:00 a.m. which will be in operation throughout the day.
The emergency declaration and EOC activation is a proactive approach to emergency preparedness and will aid in providing for the safety and well being of citizens in the City, Commonwealth, and Nation. The city’s EOC will operate in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
As temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for the next several days, conditions may not allow for some city streets to be completely cleared. The city asks that residents remain inside and not travel if at all possible. If it becomes necessary to travel under these hazardous conditions, then please consider the following suggestions:
- If you do have to drive, drive cautiously and decrease speed;
- Have a full tank of gas;
- Completely clear snow and ice from your vehicle before driving;
- Have a cell phone with a full charge with you;
- Have cold weather items, such as coats and blankets in your vehicle;
- Be cautious and aware of children playing in the snow;
- Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake;
- Increase distance between you and the vehicle in front of you;
- Remember overpasses freeze before surface roads and ice may form on the bridges;
- Use low gears to keep traction, especially on hills; and
- If you begin to lose control of your vehicle take your foot off the gas and steer back on course.
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