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

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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Virginia’s fall fire season ends

During this year’s fall fire season, which ran from October 15th to November 30th, the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF) responded to 156 wildfires that burned nearly 25,000 acres and damaged 13 structures.

Suppression efforts by DOF and the agency’s firefighting partners are
credited with saving 224 homes and 268 other structures, with an estimated protected value of $46.8 million.

In comparison to the 89 wildfires that burned 2,654 acres in the 2022 fall fire season.

Drought conditions combined with seasonal factors such as low humidity, high winds and dry vegetation, allow wildfires to start easily, spread quickly and be difficult to contain.

Although the fall fire season has ended, the threat of wildfire is always present, as many parts of Virginia are still in a drought conditions.

Residents should: Delay outdoor burning until your area receives heavy precipitation, check for local fire restrictions, call 911 if a fire escapes your control or if you see a wildfire, and remember “Only you can prevent wildfires!

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Life as a new author

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Handley Regional Library Systems invites you to meet new author Alexandra Grace and hear how she balances real life with her passion, writing.

She will give tips on self-publishing and making your way in the literary world.

Alexandra’s books will be available for purchase and signing.

Alexandra Grace started writing emotional poetry as a teenager but publishing a novel that made readers feel and appreciate was her dream.

You can meet Alexandra and learn more about her and becoming an author at Bowman Library in the Meeting Room on November 30th at 6 pm.

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