Virginia Emergency Preparedness laws & safety compliance analysis

Virginia Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know

The state of Virginia helps employers reduce potential loss of life and property in natural and man-made disasters through planning and disaster preparedness.

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The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) Ready Virginia website has emergency preparedness information and other helpful links at http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/makeaplan.

VDEM, in conjunction with other state agencies, the American Red Cross, and state Chambers of Commerce, also offers the Virginia Business Emergency Survival Toolkitdownloadable at http://www.vaemergency.gov/ready-va/business -toolkit/toolkit-home, which features information and resources to help businesses prevent and reduce disaster-related losses. The website covers model disaster plans, communicating with employees, hazard and threat identification, insurance issues, recovery resources, and other related topics.

Notification

During an imminent threat, specific geographical warnings will be issued. The Virginia Emergency Alert System has a list of participating radio stations that will carry the warnings at http://www.vaemergency.com/preparedness/eas/ index/cfm.

D.C. Metro area. Residents of the Washington, D.C. metro area can register to receive emergency warnings from the Capitalert service via cell phone, electronic communication device, or e-mail at http://www.capitalert.gov.

Nuclear power stations. Audible early-warning sirens in a 10-mile radius around nuclear power stations are tested quarterly and sounded annually. Tests are publicized in the media and should be communicated to employees. For more information, call 804-897-6510.

Terror threat advisories. The Virginia Office of Commonwealth Preparedness has its own Terrorist Threat ...


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