Friday, December 1, 2023

Gov. Glenn Youngkin Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen


RICHMOND — Gov. Glenn Youngkin today declared a state of emergency in advance of Potential Tropical Cyclone Sixteen, which is expected to have impacts on Virginia beginning Friday, Sept. 22.

This is an unusual storm, which has been difficult to accurately forecast, approaching large population centers with many at-risk communities, the governor’s office said. Accordingly, the pre-positioning of response assets and supplies will be necessary to assist local and state partners. The Virginia Emergency Support Team will activate for this incident, as well.

“As this storm has organized and strengthened, it’s becoming clear based on the latest forecasts that impacts to the commonwealth are likely,” said Gov. Youngkin. “We want to ensure that all communities, particularly those with the greatest anticipated impact, have the resources they need to respond and recover from the effects of this storm. Since this storm has the potential to have a range of impacts across numerous localities in the commonwealth, I encourage all Virginians and visitors to keep up with the latest forecast for their area from a trusted source, make a plan, and have their emergency kits ready.”

This State of Emergency allows the commonwealth to mobilize resources and equipment needed for response and recovery efforts, the governor’s office noted. Virginians should be prepared for the potential of severe rainfall, flooding, wind damage, tornadoes, and other storm-related impacts from Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24.

The Virginia Emergency Support Team (VEST) is actively monitoring the situation and coordinating resources and information to prepare for this storm. The Virginia Emergency Operations Center (VEOC) will coordinate preparedness, response, and recovery efforts with local, state, and federal officials, according to the governor’s office.

Recommendations for Virginians

The governor’s office offered the following tips:

Make a plan. Plan in advance a route to a safe place, how you will stay in contact with family and friends, and what you will do in different situations. Additional planning resources are available at

Prepare an emergency kit. For a list of recommended emergency supplies to sustain your household before, during, and after the storm visit:

Stay informed. Virginians should follow the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on X and Facebook for preparedness updates and their local National Weather Service office for the latest weather forecast, advisories, watches or warnings. Download the FEMA app on your smartphone to receive mobile alerts from the National Weather Service. Power outages are always a concern during weather events — make sure you have a battery-operated radio available so you can still receive life-saving alerts.

For more information about preparing your business, your family, and your property against hurricane threats visit: and

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