The Ashland Police Department reminds our residents of these tips from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for coping with cold winter weather, snow and
• Delay travel to allow VDOT to clear the roads. Get current road condition information by calling 511 or visiting www.511virginia.org.. Download the 511 mobile app to get the latest road condition information. If you must drive, wear a seatbelt.
• You can also call 800-FOR-ROAD (800-367-7623) to report road hazards or ask road-related questions at VDOT’s 24-hour Customer Service Center.
• Have emergency supplies in your vehicle. If you are stranded you will need water, food, blankets, flashlight and extra batteries at a minimum.
• Bring pets inside during the storm.
• Be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for at least 72 hours, in case roads are blocked and/or there are power outages.
• Have a battery powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries for emergency information. Listen to local weather forecasts and instructions from local officials.
• Wear cold weather appropriate clothing like gloves/mittens, hats, scarves and snow boots. Dress in several layers of loose-fitting clothing and cover your face and mouth if possible.
• Be aware of the wind chill factor. Wind can cause body-heat loss.
• Do not ignore shivering. It's an important first sign that the body is losing heat. Persistent shivering is a signal to return indoors.
• If the heat in your home doesn’t work properly, contact your local government to find a warming center near you.
• Check on others who might not be able to care for themselves.
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Our "Coffee with a Cop" program provides an opportunity for the Ashland Police Department and community members to come together to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique forum for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Ashland’s neighborhoods.
APD plans to host Coffee with a Cop meetings regularly to build partnerships in our community. For more information click here.
The railroad crossing at Myrtle Street is closed until further notice due to a damaged crossing arm.
Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 16, drivers will see a new traffic pattern on Washington Highway (Route 1) over the CSX railroad near Ellets Crossing Road (Route 641) and Falling Creek while VDOT crews begin a project to rehabilitate the bridge.