McAuliffe declares September as Preparedness Month in Virginia

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has proclaimed September as National Preparedness Month in Virginia and is encouraging business owners, families and communities to be ready for emergencies.

“September has historically been the most active time of the year for hurricanes in Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “Whether it’s a natural disaster like a hurricane or a human-caused emergency like terrorism, individuals, families and businesses that take the time to prepare are more resilient in the long run than those who failed to plan.”

State officials urge residents to take several steps to prepare for emergencies:

• Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality (in Henrico –;

• Download the free Ready Virginia app for iPhone and Android, which features:
– Weather warnings issued for your location by the National Weather Service;
– A customizable emergency plan that can be easily shared with family and friends;
– A checklist for gathering emergency supplies;

• Have basic supplies on hand to last at least three days for each family member, including
– Food that won’t spoil, such as canned and packaged foods;
– Water, one gallon per person per day;
– A working battery-operated radio and extra batteries;
– Flashlights with extra batteries;
– A first aid kit;
– A written list of your prescriptions and prescribing doctor(s) and at least a week’s supply of medications;
– Food and water for your pets;

• Create a family emergency communications plan;

• Decide how and where everyone will meet up with each other if separated;

• Choose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family and give that person’s phone number to each family member;

• Make a sheet of emergency contacts and post it in visible places in your home and workplace (don’t rely on your smart phone or online contact lists);

• Get a free emergency plan worksheet and emergency contact cards at or or use the new Ready Virginia app.

People with disabilities or access and functional needs may need to take additional steps. For details, information, visit

The third National Day of Action on Sept. 30, known as America’s PrepareAthon! Day, is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. To sign up for America’s PrepareAthon! visit and register how you will take action to prepare in September.
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Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week: Oct. 16, 2017

This week, Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers is asking for the public to assist the Richmond Police Department in the identification of wayward artists that were using buildings as their canvas.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, four people were recorded on security cameras vandalizing multiple properties in the area of the 2500 blocks of West Main Street and Floyd Avenue. The suspects (pictured) were walking north on Robinson Street and spray painting the properties as they meandered along. > Read more.

Slipping through

Hermitage quarterback Jay Carney escapes defenders during the Panthers' 33-0 win against Godwin Friday night. Hermitage is 8-0 and has won its past four games by a combined score of 172-28. > Read more.

Challenger Day will get students with disabilities onto the field

Students from 22 Henrico County elementary schools will take to the baseball field Oct. 18 and learn how to field, hit and run the bases. The students will take part in Challenger Day, an annual event at the Tuckahoe Park Baseball Complex that introduces students with significant disabilities to the fundamentals of baseball. The students will also enjoy games, an art project, roaming mascots and a picnic lunch. > Read more.

Business in brief

Eisenman & Associates, Inc. employee Tracie Grady recently was named the 2017 Virginia Business Meeting Planner of the Year. Grady was chosen by a committee of industry leaders among 19 nominees. The award is a partnership between Virginia Business magazine and the Virginia Society of Association Executives. Its goal is to recognize the unsung hero of the association, non-profit, and business world, the professional meeting planner. Grady works with clients in a number of areas, including membership management, publication design, membership directories and convention/tradeshow programs. She has worked in the association industry, primarily focused on meeting planning, for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of VCU. Eisenman & Associates, Inc. is an association management and meetings consulting company. > Read more.

Lakewood to break ground on $64M expansion

A senior community in Henrico's Far West End is planning a massive expansion project.

Lakewood, located on Lauderdale Drive, will break ground on the project Oct. 19 during a celebration that also will commemorate the community's 40th anniversary. > Read more.

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