Winter Storm Aftermath
Current Situation - February 26, 2015
- Approximately 6-8 inches of snow accumulated on the Eastern Shore over the course of last night and today.
- All roads have not been cleared and freezing is expected to occur over night.
- Travel should be limited as roads may become treacherous.
Citizens Can Help …
- Limit motor vehicle travel while VDOT crews work to clear roads of snow and ice.
- If travel is necessary, check road conditions before going out. Road conditions and other real-time travel information can be found on the free VDOT 511 mobile app, www.511virginia.org or by calling 511 from any phone in Virginia.
- You can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center.
- Use extreme caution around slow-moving equipment being used to treat roads. Though driving is not recommended during this storm, drivers should allow extra space around other vehicles and travel slower than the posted speed limit to stay safer on potentially slick pavement.
- Have emergency supplies in your vehicle. If you are stranded you will need water, food, blankets, flashlight and extra batteries at a minimum. See VDEM’s video here: http://youtu.be/wPgvWgtiWHI
- Continue to monitor local weather forecasts so you know how winter storms might affect your community.
- Bring pets inside from the cold.
- 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.
- Have a battery powered or hand-cranked 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.
- 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.
- Wear cold weather appropriate clothing like gloves/mittens, hats, scarves and snow boots. Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing and cover your face and mouth if possible.
- Be aware of the wind chill factor. Wind can cause body-heat loss.
- Stay dry, and if you become wet, head indoors and remove any wet clothing immediately.
- Limit your time outdoors.
- Make sure you monitor the time your children are out in the cold.
- Do not ignore shivering. It's an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
- Check on others who might not be able to care for themselves.
- 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. 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 www.ReadyVirginia.gov and download the Ready Virginia app for iPhones and Android devices.
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Mental Health First Aid Training
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08:00 am to 17:00 pm
Eastern Shore CSB Office of Prevention
15150 Merry Cat Lane
Belle Haven, VA
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23191 Front St.
Accomac, VA 23301
For further info, contact:
Kim Wright, Epidemiologist
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