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Richmond Shelters To Closed Tuesday At Noon

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Richmond, VA - Two Emergency Relief Shelters opened by the City of Richmond ahead of Hurricane Sandy will close at noon Tuesday.

The City designated two Emergency Relief Shelters for city residents to utilize if they expect to be displaced by the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Two shelters were located at Linwood Holton Elementary School on the Northside (1600 West Laburnum Ave.) and J. H. Blackwell Elementary on the Southside (1600 Everett Street).

GRTC provided transportation to the emergency relief shelters as needed.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones declared a local state of emergency for the city of Richmond on Saturday. The city's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is open and operating and will operate throughout the event. "I want to stress that this is the time to be proactive and prepare for the storm," said Mayor Jones. "It is vitally important that residents prepare for a prolonged weather event where we will likely see extended power outages. Also, if you think you are gong to be in need of emergency shelter, we encourage you to travel to the shelter sooner rather than later, so that you will not be traveling to the shelters in dangerous weather."

For residents with medical needs, it is strongly advised that you act now to stock medicines and medical supplies. If you take medicine or use a medical treatment on a daily basis, be sure you have enough on hand to last at least a week. This includes oxygen. If you use oxygen please contact your supplier and request to have extra bottles delivered to you. Do not depend on emergency responders to assist you with these types of supplies. Additionally, if you anticipate needing assistance during a disaster, make a plan for getting assistance from family, friends or others who can help you. As part of your preparation, teach them how to operate your equipment or administer medications in case of an emergency.


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