News and Announcements
10501 Trade Court
Richmond, Virginia 23226
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 25, 2014
CONTACT: Laura Southard
(804) 897-9732 or (804) 674-2400
Bill Sammler, NWS
Sign up now for March 11 Statewide Tornado Drill
More than 391,000 have registered for annual safety exercise
RICHMOND, Va. - To help residents of Virginia practice tornado safety, a Statewide Tornado Drill will be held Tuesday, March 11, at 9:45 a.m. So far, more than 391,000 people have registered for the drill.
Registration for the tornado drill is not necessary, but people can learn more and show their support by signing up at www.ReadyVirginia.gov. Everyone in Virginia can participate, including businesses and organizations, schools and colleges, and families and individuals.
"It's vitally important to know what to do when a tornado warning is issued for your area. The Statewide Tornado Drill gives everyone an opportunity to practice," said Brett Burdick, acting state coordinator of emergency management. "Knowing what to do can save your life."
The annual drill is a joint effort of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service.
"Tornadoes in Virginia don't have a season. In fact, three tornadoes hit southeast Virginia Jan. 11," said Bill Sammler, NWS warning coordination meteorologist. "Tornadoes are possible in Virginia any time of year. Every tornado warning should be taken very seriously, and if a warning is issued for your area, then you need to take cover."
To start the tornado drill, at 9:45 a.m. March 11 the NWS will send a test tornado warning that will trigger a tone alert and broadcast message on NOAA Weather Radio. The message will be picked up by TV and radio broadcasts, simulating what listeners will hear during an actual tornado warning.
When the test tornado warning is sounded, people should move as quickly as possible to a safe area in a sturdy building. Safe areas are basements and interior rooms on the lowest level of a building such as bathrooms, closets or hallways. In choosing a safe area, stay away from windows. Once in the safe area, people should crouch down or sit on the floor facing down, and cover heads with hands.
In case of widespread inclement weather March 11, the Statewide Tornado Drill will be held March 13.
"If you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio, then make a point now to get one," said Sammler. "One of the fastest ways for people to get a tornado warning is by Weather Radio. With a Weather Radio, you get information directly from the nearest National Weather Service office. When we issue a tornado warning, the Weather Radio sounds an alarm or flashes lights and then gives information on where the storm is, which way it's moving, and telling people in its path to take cover. This radio could be a lifesaver."
NOAA Weather Radios with SAME alerts that target warnings to specific areas of the state are available at electronics and sporting goods stores, discount and department stores, and online. They come in battery-powered models, and many also have AM/FM bands. A special needs NOAA Weather Radio is available as well. The special-needs NOAA Weather Radio can warn deaf and hard-of-hearing persons of hazardous conditions, giving them around-the-clock, up-to-the-minute weather information.
For help in conducting a tornado drill and to register for the statewide drill, go to www.ReadyVirginia.gov.
Here's a look back at tornadoes in Virginia during 2013:
- 5 tornadoes were recorded (4 EFO and 1 EF1).
- There were no reported injuries.
- Property damage was nearly $72,000.
- One tornado occurred in April and four struck in June.
- 11 tornadoes were recorded (8 EFO and 3 EF1).
- There were no deaths, but six people were injured.
- Property damage totaled $3 million.
- The highest number of tornados occurred in June (6).
- 51 tornadoes hit, the second highest number on record (87 struck in 2004).
- In April, 10 people died and more than 100 were injured.
- Most tornadoes occurred during April, but tornadoes also were recorded in March, May, August, September, October and November.
- In April, 212 homes and 17 businesses were destroyed; more than 1,050 homes and businesses were damaged.
- Nearly every part of Virginia experienced tornadoes, including mountain areas.
- One-third of the tornadoes struck at night when people were asleep.
Issued by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management 10501 Trade Court Richmond, VA 23236 (804) 897-6510
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
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON ROUTE 206 INTERSECTION
Project will add turn lanes on Route 206 at Owens Drive
and Windsor Drive in King George
FREDERICKSBURG – Construction work to build new turn lanes along Route 206 at its intersection with Route 218 (Windsor Drive) and Route 624 (Owens Drive) in King George County will begin on Monday, February 24, 2014.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) project will enhance safety by building left turn lanes for eastbound and westbound Route 206 traffic turning onto Owens Drive and Windsor Drive. Right turn lanes will also be added on Route 206 at this location.
During construction, Route 206 traffic may be reduced to a single lane on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Flaggers will provide traffic control during these operations.
A $1.4 million contract for construction was awarded to J.L Kent & Sons, Inc., of Spotsylvania County. The project’s total cost is an estimated $3.6 million.
The project will be completed by December 5, 2014.
Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 11, 2014
Office of the Governor
Contact: Brian Coy
Phone: (804) 225-4260
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Contact: Dawn Eischen
Phone: (804) 897-9730 or 674-2400
Governor Terry McAuliffe Declares State of Emergency As Winter Storm Approaches
RICHMOND, Va. - Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency today, an action that authorizes state agencies to be ready to assist local governments in responding to the major snow storm that is forecast to hit the Commonwealth starting tomorrow.
In declaring a state of emergency, the governor authorizes state agencies to identify and position resources for quick response anywhere they are needed in Virginia.
"Now is the time for Virginia to get ready for this storm," said Governor McAuliffe. "This state of emergency declaration will empower the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, the Department of Transportation, the Virginia National Guard, and our electric and cable utilities to prepare for a storm that is predicted to create power outages and significant travel challenges across the Commonwealth over the next few days.
"Just as state government is preparing for this storm, I urge every Virginian to take proper preparations. Prepare to limit unnecessary travel during the storm, have emergency supplies on hand and be ready in the event that power in your area goes out."
To prepare for the storm:
- The Virginia Emergency Operations Center has additional response team members to coordinate the state's response to the storm.
- The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is coordinating conference calls between the National Weather Service, state agencies and local governments.
- The Virginia Department of Transportation is treating roads in some parts of the Commonwealth, and crews will be out in full force for snow removal as the storm arrives. Roads with the highest traffic volumes are cleared first. VDOT has adequate supplies for this storm.
- The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 300 personnel on state active duty to support emergency response operations. Virginia Guard personnel will be alerted to begin staging and expect to be in place Wednesday so they are able to rapidly respond if needed.
- The Virginia State Police will extend shifts and have additional troopers on patrol to expedite response times to traffic crashes and disabled motorists.
- Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours, in case roads are blocked and/or there are power outages.
- A three-day supply of food includes a gallon of water per person per day and food that does not require electricity to prepare it.
- Have a battery powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries for emergency information. Listen to local weather forecasts and instructions from local officials.
- Always run generators outside in well-ventilated areas. Never use a portable generator in any enclosed or partially enclosed space.
- Only travel if absolutely necessary. Roads can become very hazardous very quickly. Always wear a seatbelt, and know road conditions before you leave. Road condition information is available 24/7 by calling 511 or going to http://www.511virginia.gov/
- Have emergency supplies in your vehicle. If you are stranded you will need water, food, blankets, flashlight and extra batteries at a minimum.
- Avoid overexertion while shoveling snow and cleaning up from the storm, no matter your age or physical condition. Shoveling snow or pushing a car can bring on a heart attack or make other medical conditions worse.
- If you need help for an elderly or disabled person during the storm, need information on warming shelters or are concerned about an unsheltered individual or family, call 211 or visit http://www.211virginia.org/. When you call 211, a trained professional will suggest sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in your community and statewide.
- Get winter weather preparedness information at http://www.readyvirginia.gov/ and download the new Ready Virginia app for iPhones and Android devices.
Office of Governor Terry McAuliffe
Virginia Emergency Operations Center
Winter Weather Event
Conference Call Minutes
11 February 2014, 1500 Hours
State Agencies, Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7
National Weather Service (NWS) Wakefield: Wakefield, VA
A winter storm is forecast to bring 8 to 14 inches of wet snow, sleet and freezing rain to Virginia tomorrow through Thursday afternoon. There is potential for higher amounts across areas of Central Virginia, Northern Virginia and Western Virginia, with potential ice accumulations up to a quarter-of-an-inch, and gusty winds that could create transportation issues and significant power outages. There are changes with this storm as it relates to warmer air coming further inland and will cut precipitation totals along I-95 and eastward. Highest amounts will be in Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Caroline Counties. Areas south - southwest to West Mecklenburg, Halifax may see precipitations exceed a foot of snow, and the coastal areas less than 1" of rain. Snow will begin in the south on Wednesday afternoon, Hampton Roads approximately 4-6 pm, and northern areas in the evening hours. Rush hour should be snow free in Richmond and the DC area. Overnight Wednesday into Thursday there is a threat of freezing rain ranging from 1/10" to 1/4"for Northern Neck to Richmond Tri-cities to Mecklenburg. Sleet will mix in along the I-95 corridor and west. Unlike recent snow events, this storm will be a wetter snow and could cause power issues. Temperatures in the Piedmont and west will not get above freezing until Thursday. Eastern Virginia and coastal area temperatures will get to 40 or higher on Thursday. Precipitation will linger until Thursday afternoon and end during evening hours. Temperatures on Friday will be above 32 and may reach 40 degrees in some areas into the weekend. Winds should not be a big issue inland and will be between 10-20mph while closer to the bay/ocean may have wind gusts of 30mph or higher. There may be minor tidal flooding in the bay Thursday morning at high tide.
VERT Coordinator Michael Nelson reported that the VEOC is at increased readiness and will be augmented beginning at 0700 Wednesday. Governor McAuliffe verbally declared a state of emergency at 12:30 p.m. today. A WebEOC event, 2014-02-12/13 Winter Weather, has been created.
NORTHERN NECK ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE (NNEC)
Date: February 12, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Contact: Andrew Packett, 804-333-6132
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WINTER STORMS CAN CAUSE COOPERATIVE OUTAGES
Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC) wants to remind its members to be prepared in case of a power outage from an ice or winter storm. Heavy ice or snow accumulation on the lines and trees can result in downed trees and power lines. While we cannot predict when a storm will cause a power outage, you can be prepared with the following NNEC tips. Make sure you have flashlights or battery-powered lanterns, a battery operated radio and a backup heat source. Keep plenty of medicine, first-aid supplies, and batteries on hand. Stock up on bottled water for drinking and non-perishable foods such as canned foods with a manual can-opener. It’s a good idea to have an alternate location to stay if you or someone in your household has special needs during an extended outage. Prepare an emergency kit with sanitation items. Draw water to store such as in big pans and the bathtub for personal use before a storm. When the storm hits, be prepared if the power goes out! If you use a portable generator, make sure it is connected according to local safety codes and CANNOT backfeed power onto the power lines!
NNEC is monitoring the track of Winter Storm Pax while preparing trucks and equipment. Linemen are on standby to restore power when needed. If the Northern Neck is affected, we will notify the local radio stations of storm outages and when power is restored. Visit NNEC’s outage map to view the outages by county and volume of outages in each location at http://outages.nnec.coop . Find NNEC on facebook and twitter for updates.
Stay away from any downed power line, tree on the line or anything touching a line. Notify NNEC of any downed power lines, trees on the line, or a power outage by calling 1-866- NNEC OUT (866-663-2688).
NNEC is the member-owned cooperative serving over 18,500 homes and businesses in Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, King George and Stafford Counties. Visit www.nnec.coop for more information about NNEC.
THE TIME FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY’S
FEBRUARY 13, 2014 MEETING
HAS BEEN CHANGED.
THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY WILL MEET AT 4:00 P.M.
ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
IN THE BOARD ROOM OF THE REVECOMB BUILDING
10459 COURTHOUSE DRIVE
KING GEORGE, VA
The Board of Supervisors Budget Work Session will be held Monday, February 10th at 5:00 p.m. at Smoot Library, Meeting Room B
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 Coming
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
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION For
COUNTY OF KING GEORGE
Public notice is hereby given that the deadline for submitting request for an appeal hearing for equalization of real property assessment is Monday, March 31, 2014.
If you wish to appeal your real estate assessment, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue office at (540) 775-4664, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from print of this notice through Monday, March 3, 2014.
BY ORDER OF THE KING GEORGE COUNTY
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
MEETINGS OF THE
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
COUNTY OF KING GEORGE
Public notice is hereby given that the Board of Equalization for King George County
will meet on the days hereafter listed for the purpose of hearing complaints
(applications for equalization of real property assessment) of inequalities including
errors in acreage. Upon hearing such complaints, either oral or written, the Board will
give consideration AND INCREASE, DECREASE OR AFFIRM such real estate assessments.
Before a change can be granted, the taxpayer, or his agent, must overcome a clear presumption in favor of the assessment. The taxpayer or agent must prove that
the property is not uniform with other similar properties or prove that the property
is assessed in excess of its fair market value. The deadline for submitting a request for an appeal hearing for equalization of real property assessment is March 31, 2014.
Appointments will be scheduled every 20 minutes to minimize waiting. To appear before
the Board of Equalization, please call the Commissioner of the Revenue office at
(540) 775-4664 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Meetings of the
Board to hear objections will be held in the Board Room of the Horace A. Revercomb Building located at 10459 Courthouse Drive, King George, Virginia.
The dates and times are as follows:
Wednesday, March 12th 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 13th 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, March 14th 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
If necessary, additional dates and times will be scheduled and advertised.
BY ORDER OF THE KING GEORGE COUNTY
BOARD OF EQUALIZATION
Official Election Notice--UOCAVA Voters County of King George
Election 2014 Election Date: 06/10/14
If you do not receive your state ballot in time, you may vote using a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), available at http://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/ [Locality may link a more detailed listing, see example by clicking link "See Attachment" http://www.leecountync.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=foaZv9Lu04g%3d&tabid=87 ]
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 http://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 http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/ for additional information on military-overseas absentee voting.