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Governor McAuliffe declares state of emergency in anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Irma

Irma could impact our area Monday through Wednesday of next week, and the governor is taking no changes with this dangerous hurricane.

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Governor McAuliffe declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the potential impact from Hurricane Irma. The order is designed to help Virginia mitigate any damage caused by the storm and to streamline the process that the Commonwealth uses to provide assistance to other states vulnerable to Irma.

A state of emergency allows the commonwealth to mobilize resources, including the Virginia National Guard, and pre-position people and equipment to assist in storm response and recovery efforts. All Virginians must prepare in advance for the potential impacts of this historic hurricane.

“It is unfortunate that just as our nation has begun the process to repair the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Harvey, that we are faced with another extreme storm,” said Governor McAuliffe. “However, if there is one lesson we can take from the tragic events that occurred in Texas, it is that we must redouble our preparation efforts. The order I issued today is intended to both protect our commonwealth and to make sure we have every option at our disposal to help our neighboring states when Irma makes landfall.”

While the track of Hurricane Irma is still uncertain, it appears increasingly likely that Virginia will see significant impacts from this record-setting storm. The entire Commonwealth must prepare for the possible flooding, high winds, and potential storm surge that could come along with a storm of this magnitude.

After the devastation in Houston, one of the most important things for homeowners to think about in advance of hurricane season is to secure flood insurance on their home. More than 25 percent of flood damage to homes in Virginia happens to properties outside of a flood plain. And of those properties, only 4.3 percent of Virginia homes outside the floodplain are covered by flood insurance.

Learn more about what you should include in an emergency kit ahead of the storm below.

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