Essex County Virginia

**Emergency Information UPDATES**

**Emergency Information UPDATES**
This is where Emergency Information UPDATES will be posted. The content of this blog will be for the citizens, visitors, and general public of Essex County in relation to any major emergency, natural disaster, weather event, or other events that will impact the Essex County community.

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According to latest National Weather Service (NWS) forecast, Joaquin has started to move in a northeast direction, more off-shore. As the storm passes Virginia it will be far enough away from our coastline to not cause major damage. Keeping in mind Joaquin has become a very large storm and has become very unpredictable; the forecast can change at any time. For now the NWS forecast is saying the storm will be mainly a water-related event for our region.

Over the next 24 hours, Essex County will be experiencing 3-5 inches of rain, heavy at times, with minor to moderate flooding, and steady winds at 30-35 mph. Starting Friday morning through Saturday night we are expected to get an additional 3-6 inches of rain (worse case 7-10 inches of rain), heavy at times, with minor to moderate flooding, and steady winds at 25-35 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. The tides will remain high for the next 3 or 4 days and there may be an increase in the tide level before they start to recede. Sunday and Monday forecast; more rain and wind.

I will provide updated weather information as I receive it. The next Emergency Services briefing will be a regional update with Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. This is for essential personnel only, but I wanted to inform you as to when I will receive the next official briefing.

James W. Brann
Chief
Essex Co. Emergency Services
Posted by dbasye  On Oct 02, 2015 at 1:11 AM
  
The 5 PM update from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has once again shifted the forecast track further east, which greatly benefits our region. However, there is still some wide variation in the models and the storm could shift back west with future model runs. Additionally, this is a very large system (currently a Cat. 4) and regardless of how far east the storm tracks, we will still feel some impacts. The impacts will become better defined overnight tonight and Friday. Your preparations should continue at home. With the saturated ground, sustained winds of 30+ mph will have the same chance of uprooting trees as winds of 80+ mph with dry ground. Currently, we can expect power outages throughout the region from falling trees and tree limbs, water intrusion in to electrical systems, and motor vehicle collisions. Flooding will be the other major concern for the region. Please continue to monitor the weather services for the latest developments.
Posted by dbasye  On Oct 02, 2015 at 12:56 AM
  

With the possibility of severe weather looming in the days ahead, it is important that everyone stays safe. One of the key components of staying safe is knowing what conditions are forecast and what resources are available to protect you and your family. Essex County Emergency Services provides important updates through this blog, an Emergency Management Blog, an Emergency Management Facebook page, and Emergency Management Twitter feed (@essexems). You can also receive updates from WRAR 105.5 FM and River Country WNNT 107.5 FM. Essex County’s Emergency Services website has links to detailed information of how to prepare for storms and emergency situations, there is also a Stay Informed page that provides links to places that you can obtain important emergency-related information.

The County has recently implemented the CODE RED notification system. The platform will allow the County to communicate with residents and County personnel by sending telephone calls, text messages, emails, and CodeRED Mobile Alert app messages in an effort to effectively inform residents of emergencies to protect life and property. You can sign up to receive these alerts by Clicking HERE and adding your contact information. You may also install the Code Red Mobile Alert App on your phone and receive alerts on your mobile device. The app is free and available through the Apple’s App Store or Android’s Google Play.

Keep informed – and stay safe.

 

Important links:
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www.essexems.blogspot.com – Emergency Management Blog

https://www.facebook.com/essexvaemergency - Emergency Management Facebook

@essexems - Emergency Management Twitter 

Sign up to Receive Code Red Alerts

Posted by dbasye  On Oct 01, 2015 at 10:12 PM
  
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