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Wireless Emergency Alerts, Webinars and More: News Briefs (June 5, 2022)

The Surry Nuclear Power Station has created a hot spot in the James River, both literally and figuratively. (WYDaily/Courtesy Dominion Energy)
The Surry Nuclear Power Station will conduct a test of its Emergency Alert System. (WYDaily/Courtesy Dominion Energy)

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — Here are some important news and notes in brief from in and around the Historic Triangle.

VDEM to test Wireless Emergency Alerts infrastructure

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), in partnership with Dominion Energy, will test the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) infrastructure at Surry Power Station Monday, June 6.

  • Test 1: 12:00 pm
  • Test 2: 12:25 pm

This test will support ongoing preparations for the transition from the existing siren system to WEA for emergencies at Virginia’s two nuclear power stations. The tests will validate system design standards and help identify any administrative improvements.

The test message sent to the WEA infrastructure will only be received by specially configured phones and will read, “This is a Wireless Emergency Alert Test. No actions are required.”

Only those phones that have been opted in specifically to receive system test messages will display the message. Most mobile phones will not display the test message. In an actual emergency, everyone with alerts enabled will automatically receive wireless emergency alerts on compatible phones even if they do not receive test messages.

For additional details about the alert transition from sirens to WEA, visit Dominion Energy’s FAQ page.

More information about WEA can be found at Integrated Public Alert & Warning System | FEMA.gov.

Google Webinar: Reach Customers Online with Google

Learn how Google works, how customers find business online, and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads at a free webinar Wednesday, June 8 presented by Williamsburg SCORE.
This webinar will discuss:
  • Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results on all devices
  • Introduction to free tools to help your business appear online
  • Google Business Profile and being found on Google Search and Maps
  • Advertising your business on Google
Randi Penfil, a speaker for the Grow with Google partner program, will present. She has more than 20 years of experience helping small businesses and nonprofits improve their digital marketing.

Virginia Teens Invited to Attend Summer Leadership Retreat

Virginia teens who will start high school in the fall through graduating seniors are invited to register for the 2022 YOVASO Summer Leadership Retreat “YOVASO Safari: Leading the Pack for Safe Teen Driving” happening at James Madison University (JMU) July 14-17.

The four-day, three-night retreat offers a variety of educational and hands-on activities designed for teens who want to learn how to be safer drivers and passengers, as well as teens who want to train as leaders for youth traffic safety.

The Summer Leadership Retreat is sponsored by Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO), a program of the Virginia State Police (VSP).

The cost is $15 per teen to attend. Community youth groups, church youth groups, and school clubs are also invited and may register up to 6 students and 1 adult advisor for a discounted fee of $75. The fee includes overnight accommodations, meals, sessions, and all materials needed to participate in the retreat.

The retreat offers a unique experience for teens interested in community service or careers in health and safety, law enforcement, or teaching and will prepare teens to work in peer-to-peer programs in their schools or through community youth groups to promote safe teen driving and help prevent motor vehicle crashes among teens.

Learn more and register here. For questions about the retreat, email Molly Jackson. The

Registration is ongoing and will continue through June 26.

2022 Home-based Business Lunch & Learn Series

Monique McWhite and Ben Salomonsky with the Business Development Center at ODU will be speaking on the topic “Website Development & Social Media Marketing.”
The City of Hampton is sponsor for this event.

Series events take place the second Wednesday of the month, April through September from Noon-1 p.m. Sessions feature a keynote speaker and Q/A. Those wishing to participate register once to attend all sessions. A unique Zoom link will be emailed prior to each session.

  • June 8th WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT & SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
    Speaker: Monique McWhite & Ben Salomonsky, ODU Business Development Center
  • July 13th HOMEBASED BUSINESS & ONLINE SALES
    Speaker: Joey Pocan, Small Business Administration
  • August 10th HOW TO STRUCTURE YOUR PRICES
    Speaker: Rachel Frazier, Launchpad
  • September 14th FROM SOLOPRENEUR TO SMALL BUSINESS: How to take the First Steps to Grow
    Speaker: Anne-Lise Gere, Gere Consulting

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