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10 years later: Our Katrina coverage

As the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, Augusta Free Press takes a look back at the devastation and the recovery efforts in Long Beach, Miss. Augusta Free Press travelled with The Valley Responds, a local community group aiding in recovery, for a day in Long Beach to learn about how the Valley’s response was having impact on families in the region.


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Are you ready for severe weather and emergencies?

The Cities of Staunton and Waynesboro and Augusta County in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College will be offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT).


National Preparedness Month highlighted by local solar company

National Preparedness Month is an awareness-raising event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in an effort that aims to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to all types of emergencies, including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks.


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Are you ready for severe weather and emergencies?

Anyone who lives or works in Staunton, Waynesboro or Augusta County can learn valuable basic skills in disaster preparedness, fire safety, first aid, terrorism awareness, disaster psychology, and search & rescue at an upcoming Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course being offered in partnership with Blue Ridge Community College.


FEMA approves funding for Louisa following quake

The Federal Emergency Management Administration has approved federal disaster assistance for individuals and business owners in Louisa County who experienced damage as a result of a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia on Aug. 23 and caused more than 40 aftershocks.  Gov. Bob McDonnell had appealed FEMA’s initial decision to deny federal disaster aid to Louisa […]


FEMA denies earthquake aid

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Virginia’s request for individual assistance to help property owners affected by the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Virginia on Aug. 23.  Damage assessments for residential properties are nearly $15 million, mostly in uninsured costs. “We are very disappointed in FEMA’s decision, and we will immediately appeal,” Gov. Bob McDonnell […]


Valley responds … or not

By Crystal Graham freepress@ntelos.net (This is the final installment in a six-part series on The Valley Responds, an effort that links the Shenandoah Valley with residents of Long Beach, Miss.) Helping school children return to classes. Assisting an elderly couple in efforts to rebuild their home. Clearing land so that churches may resume services … […]


Rebuilding their home, lives

By Crystal Graham freepress@ntelos.net (This is the third installment in a six-part series on The Valley Responds, an effort that links the Shenandoah Valley with residents of Long Beach, Miss.) Running alongside Highway 90, with breathtaking views of the Gulf Coast, is a narrow driveway leading to 629 Scenic Drive. One can imagine that this […]