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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2014
Office of the Governor
Contact: Rachel Thomas
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Contact: Dawn Eischen
Phone: (804) 897-9730 or 674-2400
Governor McAuliffe sets September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia
Join America's PrepareAthon! by taking action to prepare for emergencies
RICHMOND - Governor Terry McAuliffe has recognized September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia, calling on families, business owners and communities to take specific steps to be ready for emergencies.
"Most Virginians know they should be prepared for emergencies, but they haven't completed an emergency plan or participated in an exercise or drill to test their plan," said Governor McAuliffe. "It's never too late to get ready, so I encourage all our people to take at least one action during September to make sure our families, businesses and communities are prepared for the next emergency."
Among the most important actions people can take toward disaster preparedness are:
- Practice going to your protected place to be safe from tornadoes.
- o Know what to do and where to go when a tornado warning is issued for your area: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stay-informed/tornadoes/preparingfortornadoes
- o Get a NOAA Weather Radio to hear tornado warnings issued directly by the National Weather Service.
- Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality.
- Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone® and AndroidTM. Features:
- Weather warnings issued for your location by the National Weather Service
- A customizable emergency plan that can be easily shared with family and friends
- A checklist for gathering emergency supplies
- Create a family emergency communications plan.
- Decide how and where everyone will meet up with each other if separated
- Choose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family and give that person's phone number to each family member
- Make a sheet of emergency contacts and post it in visible places in your home and workplace. Don't rely on your smart phone or online contact lists.
- Get a free emergency plan worksheet at http://www.readyvirginia.gov/ or http://www.listovirginia.gov/ or use the new Ready Virginia app.
- Talk to an insurance agent about flood insurance.
- Most homeowner's insurance policies do not cover flooding; renters and business owners also can get flood insurance.
- Just one inch of water in a mid-size home or office can mean $20,000 in repairs.
- Go to http://www.floodsmart.gov/ or call 1-800-427-2419 for more information.
People with disabilities or access and functional needs may need to take additional steps. Plan how to handle power outages and/or being asked to evacuate. See www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/getakit/disabilities
This year, National Preparedness Month features a day set aside specifically for taking actions to get prepared for emergencies. September 30 has been designated America's PrepareAthon! Day. To sign up for America's PrepareAthon! go to www.ready.gov/prepare and register how you will take action to prepare in September.
Office of Governor Terence R. McAuliffe
Press Special Assistant
For the November 2014 Election when you enter your Polling Place to vote you will see new voting equipment. Because of improved technology we will now have one voting machine that will accommodate any and all voters. We will no longer be using the Electronic Touch Screen machines. Every ballot that is cast will be on paper and run through the tabulator similar to the other machine that we use.
I would like to give some background on why the new machines. The optical scan machines are approximately 19 years old and the Touch Screen Machines 9 years old.
In Oct 29, 2002 President Bush signed into law the Help America Vote Act and in doing so every state was required to replace punch card and lever-based voting systems and to also have in place at least one voting machine designated to be accessible for people with disabilities. The law gave states until 2006 to purchase the equipment. In 2004 the Touch Screen machines were purchased for our county using Federal funds. In 2005 the machines were introduced and by 2006 the machines were in full force for any voter that wanted to use them and for the most part the voters as well as the officers of election really liked them. But in 2007 the General Assembly enacted the law 24.2-626 stating "on and after July 1, 2007 no county or city shall acquire any Direct Recording Electronic machine for use in elections in the county or city..."
Since our machines were getting some wear and tear on them and we were not allowed to purchase the Touch Screen machines we had to find machines that we could still adhere to the Help America Vote Act thus the machines that the Electoral Board and myself have chosen. We will have a machine set up in our office mid- August if anyone would like to come in and see a demo.
ALL KING GEORGE COUNTY BUSINESSES
King George County Business, Professional,
Occupational Licenses MUST be paid to the
Commissioner of Revenue’s Office
on or before June 30, 2014.
Jo Ann H. Ando
Commissioner of the Revenue
10459 Courthouse Dr., Ste. 101
King George, VA 22485-3865
Official Election Notice — UOCAVA Voters King George County
2014 Elections Election Date: November 4 2014
If you do not receive your state ballot in time, you may vote using a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), available at WWW.FVAP.GOV This notice enables you to identify all of the federal, state, local offices and, if applicable, ballot measures this city/county expects, as of this date, to be on the ballot. (See Virginia State Board of Elections website, What is on my Ballot ?, available at http://www.sbe.virginia.gov
Virginia law requires an Election Notice for UOCAVA voters not later than 100 days before a regularly scheduled election that permits absentee voting, and as soon as practicable in the case of a Special Election held at a time other than a regularly scheduled Special Election. As soon as ballot styles are approved, the Virginia State Board of Elections will update its website with the certified candidates for each office and ballot measures that will be on the ballot. For most elections, ballots will be sent at least 46 days before the election to voters that have requested them; ballots for special scheduled after the deadline not involving a federal office will be sent as soon as possible. You may request an updated Election Notice be sent to you.
Using a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot:
This notice may be used to vote a federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB).
Covered military and overseas voters who have not timely received a regular absentee ballot may use the FWAB to register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and vote an official military-overseas ballot. Your signed and completed FWAB must be received no later than the close of polls on Election Day. If received later than this day and time, your FWAB ballot normally will not be counted. Federal write-in absentee ballots are available at WWW.FVAP.GOV A FWAB ballot or a regular ballot can only be returned by mail addressed to the voting official for your city or county of voting residence. Virginia does not allow return of any voted ballot electronically, by email or fax.
Marking a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot:
When marking a FWAB, for each office for which you wish to vote, write in either a candidate's name or political party designation. For ballot measures or referenda, write either "YES" (you are for the ballot measure or referendum) or "NO" (you are against the ballot measure or referendum). If you indicated you wish to participate in a party primary, you may only vote for the candidates of the party you indicated. Please contact your local election official to confirm your absentee or voter registration status. You may also visit the Virginia State Board of Elections website to check your Voter Registration and Absentee Voting status from the home page: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov
Please check the website for the Virginia State Board of Elections www.sbe.virginia.gov for additional information on military-overseas absentee voting.
Please click on the link, below, for the County Administrator's Presentation from 4-15-2014 BOS Meeting:
Please click on the link, below, for the advertisement of the King George County Proposed FY14-15 Budget:
King George Landfill presents its yearly
Hazardous Waste Day (including e-Waste)
(absolutely no businesses)
Please be prepared to show your
permanent yellow sticker!
Hours of Operations
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Convenience Center at the main landfill on Birchwood Creek.
OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS OF KING GEORGE COUNTY
Community Meeting Audience Questions & PowerPoint Presentations - June 12, 2014:
BOS Meeting PowerPoint Presentations - Feb 4, 2014:
Pertinent Documents and Presentations:
Frac Focus website: http://fracfocus.org/
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall - Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy's Gas and Oil Regulation page: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewChapter.cfm?chapterid=1792
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall - Department of Environmental Quality's Guidelines for the Preparation of Environmental Impact Assessments for Oil or Gas Well Drilling Operation in Tidewater Virginia page: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewChapter.cfm?chapterid=1172
Senator Richard Stuart's Senate Bill 48 regarding Eastern Virginia Groundwater Management Area; prohibition on oil and gas drilling: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?ses=141&typ=bil&val=sb48
New KGALERT System is Here!
King George County is launching a new KGALERT system. The new system will offer many new features including improved Verizon Wireless text message delivery. In order to continue to receive alerts you must go to http://www.kgalert.com/ and create a new account. The current KGALERT system will be eventually phased out. During this transition period, alerts will be sent out on both systems.
PowerPrint Presentation from the BOS Meeting on Feb 4, 2014 - Click on this link:
YOU MUST SIGN UP FOR A NEW ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE TO RECEIVE KGALERTS
Steven T. Lynd
Captain/Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
King George County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Services