The Emergency Management Division is the coordination and support function charged with creating the framework within which Stafford County reduces vulnerability to hazards and copes with disasters. Emergency management protects communities by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from threatened or actual natural disasters, acts of terrorism, or other man-made disasters. This is accomplished through the institution of a "whole community" approach involving government, private partnerships and community involvement.
Are you ready?
A wealth of preparedness and safety information can be found on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website.
To get you started:
- Make a family emergency plan. This may be the single most important action you can take, and it won’t cost you a cent. Discuss with your family what you will do in an emergency and how you will get in touch with each other. Write down your plan, and share it with family and friends. Get a free emergency plan worksheet at Ready Virginia.
- Choose an out-of-town emergency contact. Identify an out-of-town relative or friend for your family to call when there is an emergency. Here’s why: often it’s easier to make a long distance call than a local call when phone networks are jammed, and families may not be together when an emergency happens Here’s what to do: make sure each person in your family has the phone number of your out-of-town relative or friend. When an emergency happens, no matter where your family members are, they each should call the out-of-town contact and say they are OK. Then the out-of-town contact can in turn call the other family members to relay messages.
- Set aside emergency supplies. Have enough on hand to last at least three days for each family member. You need food that won’t spoil, such as canned goods and packaged foods and one gallon of water per person per day. A battery-powered or hand-crank radio is important for hearing information when the power is out. When you are gathering supplies, remember your family members with special needs and your pets, too.
The Virginia State Emergency Communications Committee and the National Weather Service will conduct a statewide tornado drill and Emergency Alert System (EAS) test on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 9:45 a.m. or on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 9:45 a.m. as the backup date if severe weather impacts the Commonwealth of Virginia on March 19.
At approximately 9:45 a.m., the National Weather Service will send a test tornado warning over NOAA weather radios. This test signal will sound a tone alert, show a test message or flash to indicate a message, simulating what people would hear or see during an actual tornado warning. Local radio stations, TV stations and cable outlets will also broadcast the test message via the Emergency Alert System. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) to cell phones will not receive the message.
To participate, start your own tornado drill when you hear the test signal over NOAA Weather Radio or broadcast media.
Show your support by registering for the tornado drill. In recent years, 1 million Virginians have signed up for the drill. - https://www.vaemergency.gov/tornadodrill/