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EOC Storm Update
3/6/2013

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated this morning at 7:00 am at the Emergency Communications Center on Ivy Drive. Emergency officials from Albemarle County, Charlottesville and UVA are monitoring the storm and conditions from the EOC.

Our main safety concerns are related to power outages, downed trees and driving conditions. Roads across the region are in very poor condition and we are advising everyone to stay home if possible. At this time, we have not had any serious crashes and/or injuries. There have been numerous reports of trees and power lines blocking roads. If you encounter a downed power line, do not try to move the line. Downed trees may contain power lines. Contact VDOT or Dominion Virginia Power.

There are almost 45,000 homes without power in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville. If you are without power, you need to report this to your power company.

  • Dominion Power – 1-866-366-4357
  • Appalachian Power – 1-800-956-4237
  • Rappahannock Electric COOP – 1-800-552-3904
  • Central Virginia Electric COOP – 1-800-367-8232

The City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County have both declared a local emergency. This does impact some roads and parking in the City of Charlottesville. Once a local emergency is declared, we can request additional support from the state.

Albemarle County Police Department, Charlottesville Police Department and UVA Police are all working on a modified response. Officers are responding to calls with injury or safety hazards, not minor calls. Please be patient as we work to respond to high priority calls.

No decision has been made at this point about establishing an emergency shelter. Due to the travel conditions, it is better for people to stay at home if possible.

We will continue to update you on developments from the EOC. Your regional public information contact is Carter Johnson. You can reach her at (434) 531-5387.

Additional Resources

  • 511 - Call toll-free for the latest in road conditions and closures; or www.511virginia.org
  • vaemergency.gov – Go online or on your smart phone for statewide storm updates.
  • @vdem - Twitter feed for storm updates from the VA Dept. of Emergency Management
  • VAemergency - Facebook page for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated this morning at 7:00 am at the Emergency Communications Center on Ivy Drive. Emergency officials from Albemarle County, Charlottesville and UVA are monitoring the storm and conditions from the EOC.


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