National Weather Service open house.

This past Saturday on 10/20/2018 the National Weather Service in Blacksburg VA had their open house to showcase their capabilities and invited VA Auxcomm to bring one of our Communications trailer. Randy Lilly KE4RL brought his trailer and had over a hundred visitors.

VDEM Advisory 9/13/2018

VDEM Advisory Message for state and local government employees in Southwest Virginia to share with relatives, friends and neighbors:

The Virginia Department of Emergency (VDEM) wants to ensure that everyone in Southwest Virginia is aware of the potential effects and impacts of what will be left of Hurricane Florence as it turns north and heads up through the area over the next two to five days. Officials at VDEM would appreciate the help of all state and local government employees by sharing the information below with members of your family, your friends and your neighbors. By sharing this information with as many people as possible, you will help ensure people are prepared for the flooding that could result from the heavy rain that is predicted for Southwest Virginia.

While Virginia’s coast was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Florence, heavy rains capable of causing flooding will impact portions of Southwest Virginia over the next two to five days. Rain totals of between four and 10 inches will cause creeks and streams to overflow. Homes and businesses in low-lying areas will experience flooding. Roads and bridges could be washed out, and emergency services will have difficulty reaching some areas. The time to prepare for this is now. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management encourages everyone to remain vigilant, keep informed about the weather conditions and, if you encounter flooded roads or bridges to turn around and not drive through the deep water

Governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency.

Governor Northam has declared a state of emergency in advance of Tropical Storm Florence. Read more here: To learn more about what a state of emergency does, read:

Virginians, in all regions of the Commonwealth, should make preparations: build an emergency kit (, fill vital prescriptions, make a family emergency communication plan, check on neighbors and friends and exchange contact information, keep your vehicle’s gas tank at half a tank or more, clear gutters and drains near your residence, photograph the current condition of your property, including your vehicle and gather critical documentation and consider storing a copy on a secure, virtual cloud based service.

Coastal Virginians should learn their evacuation zone and review the Hurricane Evacuation Guide at

Endurance Ride 2018- Aug. 24 and 25th We will be supporting the Iron Mountain Endurance Ride on August 24th and 25th with set up for some stations on Thursday, August 23rd. If interested in helping please click here and send an email with your dates of service and perferred location. We will be covering 6 check points on each day and desire to have at least 2 operators at each location. We also can use “Shadows” for key ride officials. There will be no AUXCOMM meeting on Thursday August 23th due to the Endurance Ride on August 24th.