- Safety & Security
- Fire and EMS
- Emergency Management
Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
Emergency Management protects county residents by coordinating all activities necessary to improve the capability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters, including:
- Assisting in emergency preparedness planning for individuals, businesses and organizations through education, resources and public outreach projects
- Assisting other localities as well as higher education institutions with exercise planning and evaluation
- Coordinating disaster response and recovery efforts
- Developing and maintaining all-hazard response and recovery plans
- Making available emergency plan templates to businesses, day care facilities, health care facilities and faith-based organizations
- Maintaining the county’s Emergency Operations Plan (PDF), which establishes the legal and organizational framework that guides Chesterfield County and allied partners in all phases of emergency management, including mitigating/preventing, preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies that threaten life or property within Chesterfield
- Planning and facilitating exercises for our county departments
- Training and managing the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteer program
The National Weather Service's StormReady program helps America's communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before, during and after the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs. Chesterfield County is recognized as a StormReady community.
Chesterfield County Emergency Management offers free community preparedness courses, including basic emergency preparedness and financial emergency preparedness. Emergency Management staff are available to attend community meetings to provide preparedness information.
View the Central Virginia Regional Emergency Preparedness Guide (PDF) and the FEMA Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (PDF) (EFFAK) and learn how you can be prepared, both physically and financially, for disasters.
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TV and Radio
You should also monitor local news and radio stations. A weather radio should also be kept with your emergency supplies.
- What hazards is Chesterfield County susceptible to?
Chesterfield County is susceptible to a variety of threats, both man-made and natural. Examples of these include but are not limited to:
- Acts of Terrorism
- Hazardous Material Spills
- Ice or Snow Storms
- When is hurricane season?
Hurricane season is June 1st through November 30th in the Atlantic and May 15th through November 30th in the Eastern Pacific. However, it is possible for tropical storms to occur outside of those date ranges.
- In the event of a disaster and I have to evacuate my home, where do I go?
You should go to any public school that can be used as a shelter. High schools are chosen first because of their available resources. Other criteria for opening a school for a shelter would include proximity to the event. Be sure to take items such as medications, blankets, clothes, and identification to the shelter.
Sign up for Chesterfield Alert for information about shelters before, during and after an emergency event.
- What does it mean to “Shelter-In-Place?”
You are to remain in your home or office (wherever you are at the time of the emergency) and protect yourself there. You should also do the following:
- If there is a threat of contaminated outside air, seal doors, windows and vents and turn off all fans and heating and air-conditioning units.
- Go to an interior room.
- Listen or watch local radio and television stations to stay updated on the latest information.
- Where can I find updated Chesterfield County specific information during a disaster?
County-specific disaster information will be posted to the storm information page.
Additionally, Chesterfield County Public Library (CCPL) locations may be utilized as information stations during a disaster.
Jessica RobisonEmergency Management Coordinator
Darshan ParikhDeputy Emergency Management Coordinator
Chris ClarkEmergency Management Planner