(The following is a message from Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued to state employees at 11:50 p.m.)
October 1, 2015
Dear State Employees:
As you are aware, I declared a state of emergency last night in preparation for significant weather and impacts to the Commonwealth. We anticipate record rainfall impacting the entire state followed by additional severe weather caused by Hurricane Joaquin.
I want you to prepare now for severe weather. Be sure to monitor local media and weather reports for instructions. Anticipate flash flooding and avoid low lying areas. Do not attempt to cross roads covered with moving water.
Make sure your family has a plan and is prepared. Visit our website at http://www.vaemergency.gov/ReadyVirginia for more information on how to plan, build an emergency supply kit, and stay informed during emergencies.
The Virginia Emergency Operations Center is open and the Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) is activated. Some of you will be asked to participate in our emergency efforts while we support our localities in responding to this incident. It is crucial we get the right help to the right place at the right time. I know our team will work together to protect our state, families, and citizens.
Our work is important, please be safe and take care of your families. I thank you for your work and dedication to our citizens.
Governor Terry McAuliffe