I spent a lot of time growing up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Back then the weathermen named hurricanes, and nobody named snowstorms. Now we are more into equality. We name hurricanes after both men and women, and we even name snowstorms.
Silly people don’t think enough. Very few men ever display the raging, flaring temper of an angry woman, and those men we put in jail. When compared to hurricanes, snowstorms are just not worth naming.
Just the same the snow is falling, and it looks like we will get lots of it. Since noon we have already gotten several inches, and just keeps snowing harder. It is good thing tomorrow is Saturday.
Anyway, Virginia is in a state of emergency. That means stay home. On the other hand, if this were a hurricane and your home was on the beach, staying home would be a very bad idea.
The National Weather Service has a good website, and they don’t bother with the hype or the advertisements. So that is generally where I go for weather info, but there is more out there related to weather emergencies..
- The Virginia Department of Emergency Management has a weather page with all kinds of links.
- There is a commercial site with all kinds of links. Appropriately, it calls itself The Disaster Center. This website has a Virginia page.
Yesterday, Delegate Bob Marshall provided his constituents an email with a bunch of links. Here is the email.
As you are probably already aware Virginia is expecting a significant winter storm beginning tomorrow, Friday, January 22nd and extending through Saturday. Below are a number of resources you may find helpful before, during and after the storm:
VDOT is preparing for this storm and is pre-treating roads in areas where the temperatures will allow today. Once the snow is falling you may want to check out VDOT’s snow plow tracking tool that allows you to check the snow plowing status of your neighborhood. VDOT and VA Dept of Emergency Management also suggest the following in the case of a winter storm:
- Get where you need to be before the weather gets bad. If possible, delay travel to allow VDOT crews to clear the roads. Most accidents happen within the first two hours after a storm begins. If you must drive, wear a seatbelt and drive slowly.
- Monitor media outlets for notices of closures of government offices or private operations to avoid unnecessary travel.
- Report road problems to (800) 367-7623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Make sure you have essential supplies on hand: at least three days of food that does not require refrigeration or electricity to prepare; at least three days of water (one gallon per person per day); a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio to get information from local media; a family emergency plan.
- To check road conditions, you can call 511, go to www.511virginia.org or download the mobile app at the 511 web site.
- Information on how to prepare is available at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management or download the new Ready Virginia app for iPhones and Android devices.
- Follow VDOT Northern Virginia on Twitter: @vadotnova
- Ensure all mobile communication devices are charged in advance.
- If you lose power, call your power company to report it.
- Do not operate generators indoors. Follow manufacturer’s directions exactly.
- Only call 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
- Please bring in all pets from outside during the storm.
Non-Emergency County Resources
Prince William County: The PWC site has snow removal and winter safety tips. To call, dial 703-792-6500.
As always, please let me know if there is any way I can assist you by emailing me at email@example.com or calling me on my cell phone at 703-853-4213. Please have a warm and safe weekend!
Delegate Bob Marshall