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SEVERE WEATHER RESOURCES

posted January 19th, 2016

Here are a few resources for your records:
• Call 9-1-1 in a true emergency
• For current road conditions: call 5-1-1 or visit 511Virginia.org
• Report road problems: 1-800-FOR-ROADS (367-7623)
• For statewide info: www.VAemergency.gov
• General Emergency Planning Tips: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/makeaplan
• Tips for Seniors: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/getakit/older
• Power Outage Tips: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/blackouts
• Tips for keeping pets safe: http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/getakit/pets
• Other Emergency Information Links: www.ReadyVirginia.gov
• 2-1-1 Virginia is serving as the public inquiry number for Virginia residents
• #77 on a cell phone to report a traffic crash or traffic emergency

• Loudoun County Sheriff non-emergency number: 703-777-1021
• Prince William County Police non-emergency number: 703-792-6500

• Loudoun Water: 571-291-7878
• Washington Gas: 703-750-1400

• Follow @VaDOTNOVA on Twitter
• To see the status of plowing in northern Virginia neighborhoods: www.vdotplows.org
• Report unplowed roads: novainfo@vdot.virginia.gov or 800-367-7623
• Your local emergency management office information: https://lemd.vdem.virginia.gov/Public/Default.aspx
o FAIRFAX: David McKernan
David.McKernan@fairfaxcounty.gov
4890 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
571 350 1000

o LOUDOUN: Kevin Johnson
Kevin.johnson@loudoun.gov
801 Sycolin Road, SE, Suite 100, Leesburg, VA 20175
703-737-8831

o PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY: Patrick M. Collins
pcollins@pwcgov.org
George T. Owens Operations Center
3 County Complex, Manassas, VA 22192
703-792-5828

Report Power Outages:
• Dominion Power: 1866-DOM-HELP (366-4357)
• NOVEC: 1-888-335-0500
• PEPCO: 1-877-PEPCO-62 (737-2662)

Some Safety Tips:
• Visit www.ReadyVirginia.gov.
• Use flashlights for emergency lighting instead of candles.
• Unplug electrical equipment until a steady power supply returns.
• Practice proper generator and surface heater safety.
• Leave one light turned on so you know when power is restored.
• Eliminate unnecessary travel, especially by car. Traffic signals will stop working during an outage, creating traffic congestion. If you come upon a non-working traffic signal, treat each traffic light as a four-way stop, with the driver on the right having the right-of-way. Proceed with caution only when traffic permits and enter intersections only when it is safe to do so, using your turn signals to let other motorists know your intentions.
• If traffic lights are on flash, treat a flashing red as a stop (treat it like a stop sign). For flashing yellow, proceed with caution.

Tips for dealing with severe weather:
http://governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/newsarticle?articleId=12931#sthash.yumqG0Of.dpuf:

o Decide how and where everyone will meet up with each other if separated.
o Choose an out-of-town emergency contact for your family and give that person’s phone number to each family member.
o Sign up for text alerts/weather warnings that may be offered by your locality.

o Know the weather terms and what you should do:
o Flood Watch or Flash Flood Watch: There is an increased possibility of flooding or a flash flood in your area.
o Flood Warning: Flooding is occurring or will likely occur very soon. If emergency officials advise you to evacuate, do so immediately.
o Flash Flood Warning: Flash flooding is occurring. Seek higher ground immediately – don’t wait for official instructions.

o Be prepared to evacuate. If evacuated, don’t return to your home until local officials say it is safe. After floodwaters recede, roads could be weakened and could collapse. Buildings might be unstable, and drinking water might be contaminated.
o Use common sense and look for information. If water is rising quickly or you see a moving wall of mud or debris, immediately move to higher ground.
o Do not walk through moving water. Look for areas where the water is not moving. What might seem like a small amount of moving water can easily knock you down.
o Do not drive into flooded areas. If your vehicle becomes surrounded by rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground, if possible.
o Flood water might cut off access to roads. Be prepared to stay where you are until floodwaters recede.
Flood preparedness information available at:
http://www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/stayinformed/floods

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Farewell –except re Dulles Greenway!

posted January 13th, 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Best Regards! This is my last official update –-but stay tuned for future emails regarding the Greenway and community issues!!

In about 30 minutes I will complete my second term as your Delegate in the Virginia House. Over the last four years I have worked as hard as possible to represent my constituents and give back to the community, the Commonwealth and this great nation that has given me so much since I immigrated in 1989. It’s truly been a privilege and an honor to represent you in Richmond –THANK YOU!

I’m very proud of what I have been able to accomplish during my two terms. Richmond can be a tough place for a new Delegate, especially one with such a different background than what many there are used to. However, I was able to author and pass legislation that are now law on various important issues such as education, public safety, business development, transportation, voting access and veteran affairs –I’m particularly proud and thankful to have authored a Constitutional Amendment providing survivor benefits for families of military members who were killed-in-action.

I worked hard to bring transportation solutions to our area –such as widening Route 606 and building the Braddock-Pleasant Valley Roundabout. I also put together a comprehensive legal case against the outrageous tolls on the Dulles Greenway, a fight which is still ongoing. As a private citizen I will continue this effort –we are finally at the Virginia Supreme Court (see below).

I take pride in serving in a bi-partisan manner and representing all of my constituents in the 87th District while holding on strong to my conservative principals. Public service in my mind is the duty of every American; I’m fortunate to have been able to serve. And thank you for the incredible level of support and the hundreds of farewell messages. If my personal and business circumstances change in the future, I will certainly consider seeking elected office again. In the meantime, I will continue to be an active participant in the public process and I will continue to fight the ‘highway robbery’ on the Greenway. I will also keep active my Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/DelegateDavidRamadan) and my Twitter (www.Twitter.com/DavidIRamadan) for up to date local and community information and my thoughts on policy and politics.

Below are few updates and some of my activities for the last few weeks -as you can see I stayed busy pretty much until the last minute!!

Greenway Tolls:
My lawyers along with the lawyers for Loudoun County filed our appeal against the Dulles Greenway operators last week with the Virginia Supreme Court. I’m very grateful for the continuous support of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisor on this matter and specially that of Supervisor Matt Letourneau. I will write you soon with details — in the meantime, please sign the petition and ask all your friends, family, neighbors and others to sign in support of our effort: LowerGreenwayTolls.com

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Fearlessness: One of the many reasons we love David Ramadan

posted December 29th, 2015

December 29, 2015Steve Albertson

The Loudoun legislator is a living embodiment of the American Dream, but to some hyperventilating trolls, he’s evil incarnate.

Over the weekend, as many TBE readers will know, Donald Trump alleged via Twitter that the Republican Party of Virginia (“RPV”) was controlled by shadowy power brokers at the RNC, and that as a result of that nefariousness they had instituted measures to exclude Trump’s voters: …

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Virginia Rep. Ramadan Draws Hate From Trump Fans, Because Of Course

posted December 29th, 2015

LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT12.29.159:04 AM ET

Virginia House of Delegates representative David Ramadan thought he was just standing up for Virginia Republicans when he tweeted at Trump over the weekend. What he got as a result has become increasingly familiar to Trump non-believers: threats and racist taunts.
Three days ago, David Ramadan was just another low-profile state lawmaker—one of more than 7,000 humble state legislators.

That was until he stood up to Donald Trump and became the latest politician/citizen/human to draw the fact-free rage of the mob of angry Trump supporters.

It all started on Sunday when Donald Trump decided to tweet his displeasure with the Republican Party of Virginia as a result of their intentions to have Republican primary voters sign a statement affirming that they are, in fact Republicans. It’s an honor-system practice likely aimed at weeding out Democratic and other non-Republican voters who are technically allowed to vote in the state’s open primary.

Over the course of a lengthy Twitter rant, Trump asserted that it was a conspiracy on the part of the state party’s leaders to hurt his candidacy (a curious assertion, as the state considered such a move in 2011 but then reversed course after it drew controversy—almost like everything isn’t all about Donald Trump!).

Seeing Trump’s criticism, Ramadan—a Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates and an immigrant from Lebanon—pushed back: …

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