Citizen Emergency Information Resources

Citizen Information Resources
Office of Emergency Management, Albemarle County

September is Emergency Preparedness Month!  Ms. Allison Farole of the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center will give a presentation on Emergency Preparedness at 7PM on Wednesday September 24th at Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet.  

  • Learn about Personal Preparedness
  •  Learn about our Local Hazards
  •  Discuss Personal safety
  •  See how to build an emergency kit
  •  Having a family plan
  •  Developing a Communication Plan

Additional details on the event flyer, click here to get it.


Community Emergency Alert

Get the PDF flyer of this information by clicking here.

You can register to receive phone messages, text messages and e-mail messages in case of emergency.  The system is TTY/TDD compatible.
Register at https://acuecc.onthealert.com/

  * Weather Warnings (Severe thunderstorm, Tornado, Flooding / Flash flooding, Winter storm)
  * Major Events (Evacuation order, Shelter-in-place order, Gas leak, Boil water advisory, Amber
alert / missing person alert)
  * Other (Community events with road closures, Major traffic disruption)
The Office of Emergency Management can be reached at 971-1263 or 970-1798 (8:30 AM-5:00 PM) if you need help with registration for any reason (e.g., no computer, no e-mail, problems with the registration form, etc.).

Social Media
The Emergency Communications Center has social media tools to help the community be aware of daily interruptions, such as road closure due to accidents.
  * Twitter – Follow #CommEmerg on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/CommEmerg )
  * Facebook – Like the Charlottesville, UVA, Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center page on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/CommEmerg )

Traditional Media
  * Local television (if you have power)
  * Radio stations
  * Print media

979-INFO
The 979-INFO (979-4636) telephone line may be activated to provide the support during emergencies or situations in which there is a heavy call volume from the public.

Websites
  * Community emergency page (www.communityemergency.org)
  * Virginia Department of Emergency Management (www.vdem.state.va.us)
  * Ready Virginia (www.readyvirginia.gov)
  * FEMA’s Ready Website (www.readyvirginia.gov)
  * Red Cross (www.redcross.org)

Mobile Applications
For those with smart phones, there are many emergency applications you can download to get information before, during and after an emergency.
  * Ready Virginia app
  * VDOT 511
  * Red Cross (First Aid, Hurricane, Earthquake, etc.)
  * Various weather apps

November 2013 (From the Albemarle County Office of Emergency Management)

Fardowners Restaurant Library Days in October!

Fardowners Restaurant "Library Contribution" voucher-October 2014Fardowners Restaurant will host their third Crozet Library Days during the entire month of October 2014! 

Fardowners has been a strong supporter of the library in many ways and the latest event continues that tradition.
Eat at Fardowners any day in October and present this voucher (also available at the Crozet Library) and Fardowners will donate 15% of lunch food orders and 10% of dinner food orders to the Crozet/Western Albemarle Library.

Download a pdf to print: Fardowners BCL donation voucher

Visit Fardowners at 5773 The Square in Crozet.
Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 11 AM to 12 AM
Friday & Saturday: 11 AM to 1:30 AM
Sundays: 10 AM to 12 AM

Fardowners Restaurant chefs won the Third Annual Crozet Culinary Competion for Charity (CCCC) at the Lodge at Old Trail on September 18, 2014 for the second time!   So be sure to visit Fardowners Restaurant often in October and see why two years in a row the CCCC judges have rated Fardowners Crozet's best!

Crozet Avenue Streetscape Update

Streetscape Update – Monday, September 22, 2014

Read the update regarding the Crozet Elementary Safe Routes to School by clicking here.

The following progress on the Crozet Streetscape project was made last weeks:

  • All concrete repairs were completed.

The following work is planned through the end of the project:

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014 – Milling of all streets will be completed.
  • Wednesday, September 24th – Final asphalt work on all streets will be completed.
  • Thursday, September 25th – Temporary striping will be completed.
    Final/permanent striping will be completed within 14 days of final paving.  
  • Crosswalk paver installation is scheduled to start next Monday, September 29, and take 3-4 days to complete.
  • Final paving will result in a smooth driving surface and the crosswalks will not act as speed bumps.
  • Landscaping has been delayed one (1) week due to dry weather. Planting is now scheduled to begin next week and will take approximately two weeks to complete.
  • Substantial completion is officially November 18th but is expected to occur during the month of October.
  • Please note that trash cans are for public use and that businesses should refrain from using the receptacles for business refuse.

As part of the County's native landscaping initiative, 100% of the plantings on this project will be native plants. The use of native plants can result in the following benefits:

  • Reduce long term maintenance costs.
  • Reduce water usage.
  • Protect and enhance county biodiversity.
  • Improve urban habitat for non-urban birds and other important wildlife.
  • Reduce number of 'urban bird vectors' that carry the West Nile Virus, through increasing overall bird diversity, thus reducing West Nile Virus.
  • Increase native pollinators for both agriculture and gardening.
  • Improve soil quality.
  • Promote the regional economic vitality through the production of local eco-types of our native plant varieties.
  • Meet LEED requirements.
  • Carry on the important historic legacy of Thomas Jefferson's use of native plants.

For more information on native plants of Albemarle County, please visit www.albemarle.org/nativeplants.

Please note that the engineer, inspector, project manager, and contractor will walk the entire jobsite and identify any last remaining items to be completed just prior to the contract substantial completion date. The current substantial completion date is November 18th. The contractor will have 30 days from the date of substantial completion to correct any deficiencies or remaining work identified at that time.

Motorists are reminded to drive carefully throughout the construction zone and follow all posted signage.

If you have concerns or questions about the Crozet Streetscape, Albemarle County's Project Manager is Frank Pohl.  He can be reached via email to: fpohl@albemarle.org or by phone: 434-872-4501, ext. 9-7914 or mobile: 434-466-7458.
He has office hours at the Crozet Library on Wednesdays from Noon to 1:00 PM

CCAC Meeting September 17, 2014

CROZET COMMUNITY ADVISORY COUNCIL (CCAC) Meeting

The Crozet Library Community Room Crozet (2020 Library Avenue)
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 
NOTE the new day and location!

Agenda

1. Agenda Review. (Meg Holden – CCAC chair)

2. Approval of Minutes from previous meetings (June 16, July 2, July 17, and August 21)

3. Project Updates/Information:

  •  Streetscape updates/issues if there are any, safe walks to school, Harris Teeter Crossing (Trevor Henry, Albemarle County Director of Facilities Development).
  • Crozet Park events and plans – Kim Guenther, President
  • County staff to dicuss new proposed zoning text amendments for setbacks in development areas.
  • Brief update on Barnes Lumber Property and plans for learning about Community Development Corporation (CDC).

4. Items not listed on the agenda 

5. Announcements.

6. Future Agenda Items.

CCA Meeting Agenda, September 11, 2014

Crozet Community Meeting
September 11, 2014
7:30PM at the Field School

(Click here for PDF version of the agenda)

Welcome
Agenda Review / Changes and additions from the floor.
Approval of the CCA’s last meeting's minutes (May 8 2014) (Click here for draft of May 8 minutes)
Treasurer's Report by Emery Taylor  ($10 family contribution for 2014 now payable)

Drop-in visit from Albemarle County Police officers (Evening Patrol Division) As part of the Albemarle County Police department community policing.

Presentations:  Information about Ambulance billing and EMS Cost Recovery in Albemarle County by Kostas Albertis, WARS.

Update on Crozet Avenue Streetscape project and Crozet Safe Routes to School Sidewalk project by Albemarle County staffers Trevor Henry, Director of Facilities Development and Jack Kelsey, Transportation Engineer.

Updates and News from Ann Mallek, our county supervisor.

Old Business:

  • Updates from the Crozet Park (Kim Guenther, Crozet Park President)
  • Update on the Build Crozet Library fundraising (http://buildcrozetlibrary.org)
  • Update on Barnes Lumber re-development proposal by Frank Stoner/Milestone Partners? http://www.barnes-lumber.com
  • Recap of Fourth annual Crozet Independence Day Celebration.  Next year's on Saturday, July 4, 2015!

New Business:

  • Replacing stolen "Welcome to Crozet" sign near RWSA treatment plant on Rte 240 (Three Notch'd Road)
  • Revision of bylaws regarding voting on motions.
    • Article VII: Motions made at a scheduled meeting will be presented, but not voted for acceptance until the subsequent scheduled meeting. The context of the motion will be communicated in the meeting minutes of the meeting in which it is presented and noted as being presented for vote at the subsequent meeting.
    • AMEND to: (italics indicates added or changed text)  Motions on new matters or topics made at a scheduled meeting will be presented, but not voted for acceptance until the subsequent scheduled meeting. The context of the motion will be communicated in the meeting minutes of the meeting in which it is presented and noted as being presented for vote at the subsequent meeting.  The CCA website and email list will also be used to communicate about these pending motions.  Motions involving the routine business of the CCA, (e.g., Good Neighbor Awards, Crozet Emblem stickers) may be made and moved in the same meeting.
  • New Crozet emblem stickers and magnetic emblems.  Asking for a $3. donation for the magnetic emblems.
  • Other items? 

Comments and Questions?

Announcements –

Future Agenda Items?

The next CCA meeting is November 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM at the Field School Auditorium

CCA meetings are at 7:30 PM on the second Thursday of the odd numbered months (except July).
Join our email list, by clicking on the "Contact Us" link on the top of this page. 
This email list is moderated, so you cannot get spam because only approved email messages are sent out.  Volume is usually 4-6 emails a month, all related to Crozet & Western Albemarle events and concerns.

Recent items of interest

Piedmont Housing has three 1-bedroom units at Crozet Meadows Apartments available for elderly clients.  More information at: piedmonthousingalliance.org

► The Claudius Crozet Park Survey results are available at: http://www.crozetpark.org/2014-survey-results/

► Get the correct information about ambulance billing and EMS Cost Recovery in Albemarle County.  Visit http://www.albemarle.org/emscostrecovery or call 434-296-5833. Key Fact: No one will ever be denied treatment or transport based on their ability to pay.

► Virginia Broadband (Internet access) survey results are available at: http://www.albemarle.org/navpages.asp?info=release&ID=17033
 

Crozet Safe Routes to School Sidewalk project

From Albemarle County Streetscape Updates: CROZET ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO BALLARD DRIVE

The purpose of this mostly VDOT grant-funded project is to provide safe pedestrian access from the Crozet Elementary School to Ballard Drive. Drainage improvements and a sidewalk will be constructed along the west side including a pedestrian crossing at the school entrance. The project was bid last fall and bids came in significantly over the County's budget. To move the project forward, VDOT required the design team to re-engineer the project to meet the project budget and/or find additional funds – the County has done both. A redesign to limit the impact of the existing waterline was approved in concept by both VDOT and ACSA at the end of the summer, which has reduced the cost of the project. Additional monies will also be appropriated to fill the funding gap. The formal design documents are now being revised to reflect this change and the project is back on track to bid this Fall.

The schedule of the project is as follows:
09/29/14 – Redesign Complete
10/10/14 – VDOT Review Complete
10/17/14 – Final Revisions Complete
10/21/14 – Out to Bid
11/20/14 – Bids Due
Construction is estimated to take approximately 2 months from when the contractor is issued a Notice to Proceed. Staff and the contractor will evaluate when to start construction, which could occur as soon as December or as late as early spring, depending on weather and contractor scheduling.

Special Crozet Avenue Streetscape Update


As previously advised, (see full Streetscap Update)  crosswalk installation across Crozet Avenue and Jarmans Gap Road started last week (August 25-29). This requires the installation of temporary "bumps" at each crosswalk. "Bump Ahead" signs have been posted to warn motorists of the changing road conditions. Please drive slowly over these temporary bumps, remain alert and drive/walk carefully when traveling through the construction zone. Thank you for your patience and courtesy to motorists, pedestrians and workers during this difficult phase of construction.

This work should be complete within 2 to 3 weeks (by September 12 or 19).

Please drive carefully throughout the construction zone and follow all posted signage.

If you have concerns or questions about the Crozet Streetscape, Albemarle County's Project Manager is Frank Pohl.  He can be reached via email to: fpohl@albemarle.org or by phone: 434-872-4501, ext. 9-7914 or mobile: 434-466-7458.  He has office hours at the Crozet Library on Wednesdays from Noon to 1:00 PM

Welcome to Crozet sign stolen!

Welcome to Crozet sign

Last Saturday night (August 16) someone stole the "Welcome to Crozet" sign that is on Rte 240 across from the Rivanna Water & Sewer treatment plant (near Highlands subdivision).  If you have any information about the theft or the whereabouts of the sign, please contact Albemarle County Police at 434-977-9041 or crimestoppers@albemarle.org  
These signs were paid for by donations from residents of Crozet organized by the CCA.  We'll be fundraising in September if we can't get the sign back.
 

 

VDOT Traffic Alert: Clarke Road (Rte 674) August 25-28

PORTION OF CLARK ROAD (Rte 674) IN ALBEMARLE TO CLOSE AUG. 25-28

VDOT crews will perform slope repairs during closure; motorists will be detoured
 
CULPEPER — The Virginia Department of Transportation will close Route 674 (Clark Road) in western Albemarle County Aug. 25-28, including overnight, for slope repairs on the roadway shoulders. The work will occur approximately two miles east of the intersection of Route 810 (Browns Gap Turnpike).
 
Access will be maintained to entrances on both sides of the closure. Motorists should follow the posted detour route.
 
Real-time road conditions and weather forecasts are available on VDOT’s traffic and travel website, www.511Virginia.org. The site also has live traffic camera images for many major highways, including Interstate 64, I-66 and Routes 29 and 250 in Central Virginia. Motorists can call 511 from any telephone in Virginia for road and traffic conditions on all major highways in the state. Call 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623) 24 hours a day to report highway-related problems or request information about Virginia’s highways.

Contact: Stacy Londrey 540-727-3201 (office) 540-718-7698 (cell)  Stacy.Londrey@VDOT.Virginia.gov