Prepare for hurricane season

As the Atlantic hurricane season kicks off, Governor Glenn Youngkin is calling on residents throughout our Commonwealth to prioritize readiness in anticipation of potential storms.

Recently, Governor Youngkin toured the Virginia Department of Emergency
Management to receive updates on ongoing hurricane preparedness efforts.

With the hurricane season spanning from June 1st to November 30th, taking steps is essential to protecting lives and property.

Storms originating in the lower Atlantic or Gulf States pose a risk of moving northward and inflicting substantial damage on Virginia.

That’s why all Virginians statewide are urged to prepare.

Take the time now to review your insurance policy, secure your property, and create a plan that includes arrangements for your pets or those that may need extra assistance.

Know your zone.

Evacuation may become necessary depending on the track and severity of the storm.

Review Virginia’s evacuation zones at KnowYourZoneVA.org.

Users can enter their physical address in the search bar of the website to confirm their designated evacuation zone.

Complete a family communication plan.

Prepare for how you will assemble and communicate with your family and loved ones.

Identify meeting locations and anticipate where you will go.

Create an emergency kit comprising nonperishable food, water, medications, hygiene items, radios, spare batteries, and essential documents.

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National trails day

photo credit Scott Bradley Hesson with permission

Get ready to mark National Trails Day today, June 1st, in Shenandoah National Park!

In honor of this occasion, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) invites you to two special events at the Dickey Ridge Visitor Center (mile 4.6) and the visitor center at Big Meadows (mile 51).

Explore the importance of Leave No Trace principles and discover the vital trail
maintenance efforts carried out in the park by PATC.

Plus, enjoy guided hikes led by knowledgeable PATC members.

Remember to secure your spot by registering in advance.

For more details and to sign up for hikes, visit the Park’s calendar here: National Park Calendar

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SU expands online options for pharmacy program

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Shenandoah University’s Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy is expanding it’s Pharm.D. program to include online options to provide flexible options and “on demand” learning for students in the 4 year program.

The new online hybrid pathway will begin this fall.

SU is just one of ten schools in the country offering online Pharm.D. pathways and was the first School of Pharmacy to offer the online option through its nontraditional program.

The university will continue to offer in-person options at the Health Professions Building on the Winchester Medical Center campus of Valley Health.

Students in the online hybrid option will only need to visit Shenandoah 3-5 days twice a semester.

Online students are eligible for the same scholarships and aid offered to in-person students.

The application deadline for all pharmacy pathways for the fall semester is June 1st.

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Shenandoah Farms construction update

Warren County Virginia new logo used by permission by Warren County Director of Technology Todd Jones

Construction work is still ongoing for the Old Oaks IV project located in Shenandoah Farms.

Unfortunately, some of the box culverts produced did not meet the required specifications set by VDOT.

Therefore, Warren County, VDOT, and Racing Engineering are jointly working to address the issue promptly.

The county has been, also, informally informed that the manufacturing plant responsible for producing the box culverts has closed, which has posed a challenge to the project’s completion by the expected deadline of June 1st.

Despite this setback, Warren County is exploring various options to obtain the remaining box culverts to ensure that the project stays on track.

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