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Being ready for emergencies in Hanover
Hanover County has had an Emergency Operations Plan for more than 30 years, including emergency response plans for disasters ranging from storms to nuclear attack. For decades now, Hanover County has cultivated a close working relationship with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), and inter-jurisdictional agreements with neighboring localities have long been in place. But what makes it all work are the hundreds of County employees and volunteers who have spent thousands of hours training, developing procedures, and familiarizing themselves with the County’s elaborate emergency response plans.
Hanover County emergency services personnel, including the Sheriff’s Office, Fire/EMS and Emergency Communications, participate in both tabletop and full-scale emergency drills every year. Every two years the County participates in emergency response drills with Dominion Resources’ North Anna Power station. This exercise is evaluated by the Department of Homeland Security, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy, and for more than a decade Hanover has had a perfect score on each of these drills. The County has also had several opportunities in recent years to respond to large-scale emergencies, most recently Hurricane Irene in August 2011.
However, in any large-scale disaster, emergency providers will be very busy and for 72 hours of more, many residents will have to depend on their own emergency plans. This is the focus of the “Are You Ready” classes held periodically. An example of the information presented at these classes can be read here . The next “Are You Ready” class will be held in the summer of 2012.
Much information about emergency preparedness can be read at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website here.
Virginia’s Sales Tax Holiday for the purchase of hurricane/flooding season supplies will be held May 25-31, 2012. More information about this event can be read here.