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Henrico participating in National EAS test Nov. 9

Henrico County will be participating in a test of the National Emergency Alert System at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The FCC, along with other federal departments including FEMA, NOAA, National Weather Service and DHS, will be conducting the test. Although the Nationwide EAS Test may resemble the periodic, monthly EAS tests that most Americans are already familiar with, there will be some differences in what viewers will see and hear, which is one reason for conducting a nationwide EAS test.

Although the activation will include an audio message indicating that this is a test, a visual message indicating that “this is a test” may not appear on every television channel, especially for cable subscribers. This is due to the use of a “live” national code – the same code that would be used in an actual emergency. FEMA and the FCC are conducting outreach to the public, especially the deaf and hard of hearing, in advance of the test. Outreach will include specific information tailored to the needs of the deaf and hard of hearing and will be readily available at online sites, such as http://www.fcc.gov In .addition, FEMA and the FCC will continue to work with EAS Participants to explore possible solutions to address this limitation.

Henrico County will support this effort by sending out a message using the County’s Henrico Alert System along with available social media outlets to remind residents of the test. In order to receive the reminder sent to an email or texting capable cell phone, users can visit http://www.henricoalert.org to register their devices. For more information, visit http://www.henricofire.org http:,//www.facebook.com/HenricoCountyOfficeofEmergencyManagement or on Twitter at #HenricoOEM.
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Varina Ruritans honor police, fire officials and community members

The Varina Ruritan Club celebrated its 80th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 10, during which it presented several annual awards, including Policeman of the Year – to Henrico Officer Aaron M. Lancaster (top) – and Firefighter of the Year – to Julian T. Lipscomb (second from top).

The club also received a plaque from the Henrico Division of Fire (third from top) expressing the division's appreciation for the club and its support of fire prevention programs. > Read more.

The Rink to open at WBV Nov. 14

The grand opening of The Rink outdoor ice skating rink at West Broad Village will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, beginning at 11 a.m. with skating and family activities. At 4 p.m., grand opening festivities – featuring exhibitions of ice sculpting, ice skating and cheering, as well as fire pits, costumed characters, and food vendors – will begin. Skating costs are $8 for children and $10 for adults, with $4 skate rentals available. Parking is free. The Rink is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen. For details, visit http://www.Facebook.com/TheRinkWBV > Read more.

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