Mayor Declares Local State of Emergency

Mayor Dwight C. Jones declared a local state of emergency today, January 15, 2009, in preparation for the January 20, 2009, United States Presidential Inauguration. The City will also activate its emergency operations center (EOC) at 8 a.m. Friday, January 16, 2009. The EOC will be fully staffed on Tuesday, January 20.

The emergency declaration and EOC activation is a proactive approach to emergency preparedness. It will aid in providing for the safety and well being of citizens in the City, Commonwealth, and Nation. The City’s EOC will operate in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and in collaboration with Virginia State Police.

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Contact: Michael Wallace, (804) 646-2772