RICHMOND, Va. (DC News Now) — Virginia State Police are beginning to stage Search and Recovery Team divers in preparation for Hurricane Ian.

The Hurricane is projected to cut a path across Southwest Virginia. Officials have stationed their divers in the Wytheville Filed Division for swift water rescue needs.

VSP provided the following guidance in a press release to help citizens remain safe during the severe weather conditions:

VSP provided the following guidance in a press release to help citizens remain safe during the severe weather conditions:

  • State law requires headlights to be on when windshield wipers are activated. Headlights both help you see and be seen. 
  • Slow your speed for conditions. 
  • Buckle up…everyone in the vehicle.
  • Put the phone down and limit other distractions. 
  • If you encounter standing water in the road – Turn around. Don’t drown. The depth of the water can be deceiving and dangerous for all vehicles. It’s not worth the risk.
  • Turn to VDOT’s 511 for the latest in road closures and openings. Please do not call 911 or #77 for non-emergency issues or road closure information.