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Emergency Management Coordinator
Emily A. Ashley
(804) 796-7068

Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
Sherri Laffoon
(804) 796-7159 

Public Outreach & CERT Coordinator
Jessica Robison
(804) 748-1236

Phone Numbers
Fax (804) 751-9022
CERT (804) 751-CERT

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Mailing Address
Chesterfield County Emergency Management
P. O. Box 40
Chesterfield, VA  23832

Emergency Management
Emergency Management - Animals in Disasters



Pets may be lost, injured or killed during a disaster. Family disaster plans need to include the family pets.

Animal Disaster Preparedness Tips

  • Keep a pet disaster kit on hand for each pet in the household.
    • Week's emergency supply of pet food, water, and other essential support items.
    • A comfort toy
    • Medications, vitamins
    • Pet first aid kit and first aid book
    • Medical records, especially proof of rabies vaccination
  • I.D. tags, microchips, leg bands, or tattoos help reunite separated pets and owners.
  • When transporting your cat during disasters make sure they are contained in a pet carrier to prevent injury or escapes.
  • Take several pictures of your animals and keep them with your important papers.
  • If your regular veterinarian does not have a disaster plan locate one who does.
  • If you use a "pet sitter" while on vacation, discuss disaster plans and evacuation sites.

Pets in Emergency Shelters 

In Chesterfield County, pets brought to emergency shelters are taken to the county's animal shelter and will be cared for, in an area separate from the daily animal population, until it is safe for residents to take their pets home. 


Wildlife is often displaced, injured or killed in a disaster. 
ARK Hotline:  (804) 598-8380