News Maker Sheriff Roper on Clarke County’s accolades

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office has recently achieved full accreditation and has been recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

We spoke to Clarke County Sheriff Tony Roper about these accomplishments in our latest news maker.

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Sheriff Roper tells us about the FEMA recognition and the Sheriff’s Office work with Mount Weather of Clarke County.

He also tells us about the recent accreditation that his office has received from his law enforcement peers.

Sheriff Roper also reflects on his 20 years in his position and retirement in January.

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FEMA conducted a nationwide test on Oct. 4 at 2:20 p.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System October 4 at 2:20 p.m.

Two alerts were sent out October 4 one involving Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA).

Then a second alert was sent by the Emergency Alert System (EAS).

Both were sent at 2:20 p.m. the WEA test and was received by all consumer cellular devices.

The message appeared in English or Spanish depending on the setting on the device.

The EAS test was also sent out by radio and television.

These alerts were loud those who sleep in the afternoon, are in a meeting or in court were warned to turn their phone off to keep from being disturbed.

Domestic abuse survivors with a hidden safety phone were warned to turn that phone off so it would not be discovered.

The test was in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

It was simply a way to ensure the systems worked properly.

These test ensure that the systems are effective in warning the public in cases of an event of concern.

The message received by your phone read “This is a test of the nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”

It was the second nationwide test of the WEA system to be received by cellular phones.

It was the seventh nationwide EAS test to be performed.

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VDH will open more community COVID-19 testing centers

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An email from Governor Northam announced that the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will open more COVID-19 testing centers in the state.

Nine new Community Testing Centers will increase testing availability across the Commonwealth.

The centers are expected to open around or near the same locations that were used as vaccination centers previously.

The new centers will be funded by an initial $5 million from the VDH.

The VDH is seeking funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to reimburse expenses.

Statewide testing sites are projected to perform over 50,000 test in the month of January alone.

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FEMA is in Winchester with information on vaccinations

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A Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) team will be going door to door as well as setting up outside of businesses and attending events in Winchester.

The group will be in blue vests with Virginia Department of Health (VDH) on their backs.

They are in Winchester to provide information on local COVID-19 vaccination clinics and answers questions you may have.

The team will be in Winchester through mid August.

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Shenandoah County gets housing relief

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Shenandoah County residents who need help with living expenses may finally find some relief.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program awarded $50,277 to provide rent, mortgage, and motel assistance to families in need.

The local board awarded the full grant to a nonprofit organization based in Winchester, Faithworks.

The agency provides housing assistance throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley and were the only local group to apply for funding.

Faithworks is accepting applications until October 25, 2021 or until all funds have been allocated.

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FEMA offers assistance with COVID-19 Funerals

To help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun to accept applications for assistance with funeral expenses.

If death occurred after Jan. 20, 2020 as a result of the Coronavirus.

Funeral assistance may be available by calling 800-462-7585 Mon. through Fri. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m..

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