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James City County declares local state of emergency

Date: Sept. 12, 2005
Contact: Jody Puckett, Communications Director

Phone: (757) 253-6605


County Administrator Sandy Wanner has declared a local state of emergency to allow County departments and agencies to take necessary actions to protect the health and safety of residents against the potentially damaging effects of Hurricane Ophelia. County officials also are urging residents to prepare for potential severe weather, which could bring strong wind, heavy rain, and tornadoes to Southeast Virginia between Wednesday and Friday.


The County's Emergency Management officials urge all residents to monitor conditions and the track of the storm. Should Ophelia track close to our area, residents and businesses need to be prepared to be without power for at least three to five days with supplies such as water, canned food, flashlights and extra batteries.


Residents may monitor updates by listening to two local radio stations, WMBG 740AM and 107.9 The Tide, and by visiting the County web site, "During Hurricane Isabel, the County realized that local information was hard to find. Our relationship with these two radio stations will fill the gap when the need arises to get emergency information to our citizens," said Fire Chief Tal Luton.


Disabled, elderly or medically fragile residents need to take special precautions and those who are reliant on power should make plans to relocate with friends or family outside of the projected impact area if possible. An extra supply of prescription medicine is recommended.


Key steps to personal emergency preparedness are: listening for emergency information, making a disaster plan, having a disaster supplies kit, and preparing your home. For information on emergency preparedness, visit the County web site at and click on Be Prepared.


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