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  • Legislation enacted by the 2015 Virginia General Assembly combines three existing sales tax holidays into one, three-day holiday in August. In 2015 only, the Hurricane Sales Tax holiday and the Emergency Preparedness Equipment Sales Tax holiday will be held May 25-31 and Aug. 7-9, respectively.

     

    During both sales tax holidays this year, purchases of certain supplies and equipment needed for hurricane preparedness will be exempt from sales tax. Retailers may also choose to absorb the tax on other items during the holiday period, but they are responsible for paying the tax on those items to the Virginia Department of Taxation.

     

    In subsequent years, there will be just one sales tax holiday in the commonwealth of Virginia, held in August.

     

     

     

    Learn more from the Virginia Department of Tax Administration or the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Below find an Infographic outlining what supplies are eligible for the Virginia Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday, May 25-31, 2015.

     

    Virginia Hurricane Sales Tax Holiday 2015 

     

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  • Metro has unveiled new safety preparedness videos to show riders what they should do in the event of an emergency involving smoke or fire on a train or in a station.

    The 60-second videos, available in English and Spanish, will be aired on local television stations as Public Service Announcements. In addition, Metro has purchased paid advertising time to maximize awareness. The ads will begin airing next week.

    "We encourage all of our customers to take a moment to review the new video," said Metro Interim General Manager and Chief Executive Officer Jack Requa. "We will continue to take steps to improve safety and emergency preparedness for our riders in the weeks and months ahead."

    The English-version video features Metro Transit Police Detective Erin Cooper. In the wake of the January 12 incident, customers indicated that they wanted additional information about what to do in an emergency and that they trust Metro Transit Police to deliver that message.

    The three-minute version (as seen below), intended for online presentation on wmata.com and social media, features an introduction from MTPD Chief Ron Pavlik and Prince George's County Fire & Rescue Chief Marc Bashoor. He also serves as the chair of the Council of Governments Fire Chiefs Committee.

    Among the topics covered in the video:

    • - When and how to evacuate
    • - Third-rail familiarization and safety guidance
    • - How to use on-board intercoms
    • - Location and use of emergency exits
    • - Location of emergency signage

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    About the National Capital Region
    The National Capital Region (NCR) is a collection of sovereign jurisdictions, including cities, counties, states and the District of Columbia. This website and the efforts of the region's communicators and public information officers will focus on regional collaboration between the region's homeland security partners to achieve a safe and secure National Capital Region.

FEMA Launches BETA Version of FEMA.gov

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a new BETA version of www.FEMA.gov. FEMA is continuing to work on the BETA site. Comments and feedback are welcome on the FEMA blog or via email at fema-new-media@fema.dhs.gov. Learn more >>>

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About the National Capital Region

The National Capital Region (NCR) is a collection of sovereign jurisdictions, including cities, counties, states and the District of Columbia. This website and the efforts of the region's communicators and public information officers will focus on regional collaboration between the region's homeland security partners to achieve a safe and secure National Capital Region. Below are the jurisdictions that comprise the National Capital Region:


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Virginia
Alexandria | Arlington County | Fairfax | Fairfax County | Falls Church | Loudoun County | Manassas | Manassas Park | Prince William County 

  

 

 

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