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September 14, 2018 12:00 p.m. – County Emergency Management continues to monitor the impact of Hurricane Florence. The largest impact from the storm is anticipated to be early next week. Citizens should continue to be mindful that previous rain events have left the area saturated and prone to major flooding. The public should be aware of the preparations that Emergency Management has put in place.
- While supplies last, sandbags and sand is available at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona near the dock where the Farmer’s Market is normally held. Citizens interested in filling bags should bring a shovel. Limited supplies are also available at Dooms Volunteer Fire Department.
- Emergency Management in the region has designated shelters that will be available to the public. Citizens are encouraged to utilize the shelter nearest to their home. The County has designated the new Riverheads Elementary School as an emergency shelter site. The official shelter is equipped with the resources needed for an extended stay. County officials will make a determination as to the need for the shelter and the date and time it will open. Citizens that consider utilizing a shelter will need to bring the following items: sleeping bags, blankets and pillows; towels; personal hygiene items; baby formula; diapers; medications; and phone chargers. Weapons and alcohol are prohibited at the shelter.
- An animal shelter for dogs and cats has been designated at the old Riverheads Elementary School. County officials will make a determination as to the need for the shelter and the date and time it will open. Owners should make provisions for dogs and cats with specific medical needs.
- Other predetermined shelters throughout the County have been established and will be opened should the need arise.
- We are aware other community organizations may be providing resources that are available to County citizens.
- State resources have been requested and will be available as needed.
- School buses have been pre-staged in the event evacuations are needed.
- Emergency services have increased staffing to cover the event.
Continue to stay tuned to your local radio and television stations for updates about the storm.