Virginia signs on for ‘Great Southeast ShakeOut’ earthquake drill

Virginians can practice “Drop, Cover and Hold On,” the recommended response to an earthquake, during the first ever Great Southeast ShakeOut earthquake drill on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m.

Virginia joins Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and the District of Columbia in holding the drill and is encouraging schools, businesses, organizations, government agencies, communities and families to participate.

The Oct. 18 earthquake drill for southeastern states will follow the one-year anniversary of the August 23, 2011, 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Mineral. The ShakeOut drill, modeled after similar efforts held throughout the nation, provides an opportunity to practice a simple, potentially lifesaving, action should an earthquake occur:

  • Drop to the ground

  • Take cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck

  • Hold on until the shaking stops


  • To register for the earthquake drill, go to http://www.shakeout.org/southeast. Those registering for the drill will receive regular information on how to plan their drill and engage their communities to become better prepared for earthquakes and disasters.
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    Henrico Public Library wins Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation grant


    The Henrico County Public Library system recently won the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation's Library Grant Award, which provides funding, materials and programming from VBCF to help educate citizens about breast cancer.

    The grant is given to select libraries in Virginia that apply and is intended to further the VBCF mission to educate the public about breast health and breast cancer. > Read more.

    Pet Valu to open in Glen Allen Aug. 26


    Pet supplies and accessories retailer Pet Valu will open at 5304 Wyndham Forest Drive in Glen Allen Saturday, Aug. 26.

    The store will offer free samples, goody bags, refreshments, raffles and prizes and kid- and pet-friendly entertainment during its first day of business from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. > Read more.

    State issues warning about purebred puppy scam


    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is warning Virginia consumers about an active fraud involving purebred puppies.

    Herring's Consumer Protection Section recently has received a number of reports of consumers entering into agreements to buy a pet with a company they found online, later to learn the website and the company are a scam – and that no such puppy ever existed. > Read more.

    Kaine, McEachin to host Service Academy Day


    Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) will co-host their Service Academy Day to educate high school students about the service academy nominations process, an honor awarded by members of Congress for students interested in attending a service academy after high school.

    The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Matoaca High School, 17700 Longhouse Lane, Chesterfield 23838. It will provide an opportunity for high school students and parents to learn about the nation’s military academies, a career in military service and the nominations process. > Read more.

    Red Cross, Sport Clips offer free haircuts to blood donors


    The American Red Cross and Sport Clips are partnering to provide free haircuts to anyone who donates blood or platelets to the Red Cross during September.

    Blood donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage. > Read more.

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    The Intergalactic Bead and Jewelry Show will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 5-6 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. Exhibitors from across the U.S. will have a unique selection of beads – semi-precious and precious gemstone beads, seed beads, handmade glass beads, pearls, exotic beads and more – for both wholesale and retail. You can see the color, cut and quality before you buy. Admission is $5. For details, visit http://www.beadshows.com/show/richmond-va-aug17. Full text

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