Have a Plan
You should know what to do before a disaster strikes. Once a plan is made, make sure to share it with your family. Go over your plan and practice regularly. Additional planning tools and detailed information on assembling a kit can be found on the Virginia Department Of Emergency Management website.
Medical Needs, Older Adults and Individuals with Physical and Sensory Disabilities
Those who have medical needs or who receive in home care should create a plan with their providers and caregivers included.
Older adults and individuals with physical and sensory disabilities may have additional needs during and after a disaster. assist special groups with readiness.
Make a Kit
Emergency Kits should contain supplies that will last every individual at least three days. Considerations need to be made for those who are elderly or have special needs as well as for infants and toddlers.
Pets also need to have at least three days of supplies. Be mindful that during a disaster, your animal may not be able to go outside to use the bathroom. Training pads are helpful to have in your kit for those situations.
Additional planning tools and detailed information on assembling a kit can be found on the Virginia Department Of Emergency Management website.
Faith Based Organizations
Items to Bring with You
If you evacuate to a shelter, please plan accordingly by bringing the items below.
- A list of allergies, medical conditions and medications currently taking
- At least a three- to five-day supply of medications
- Change of clothing and footwear
- Comfort items such as a special blanket, pillow, etc.
- Contact lenses or an extra pair of glasses
- Personal entertainment, such as books, cards, and hand-held video games with extra batteries
- Sanitation supplies including personal hygiene supplies, plastic garbage bags, soap and toilet paper
- Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members such as baby food, disposable diapers, familiar comfort items, and canes and walkers
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.
Pets in Disasters
Pets may be lost, injured or killed during a disaster. I.D. tags, microchips, leg bands or tattoos help reunite separated pets and owners. Take several pictures of your animals and keep them with your important papers. If you use a pet sitter while on vacation, discuss disaster plans and evacuation sites.
Family disaster plans need to include the family pets. Discuss your disaster plan with your veterinarian. Keep a pet disaster kit on hand for each pet in the household including:
- A week's emergency supply of pet food, water, and other essential support items
- Comfort toys
- Medical records, especially proof of rabies vaccination
- Medications and vitamins
- Pet first aid kit and first aid book
When transporting pets during disasters, make sur that you have leashes as well as carriers so that pets are contained to prevent injury or escape.
Weather Radio Set Up
While there are many weather radio brands and options, Chesterfield issues Midland Model WR120B radios as part of our preparedness kits. The following instructions can be loosely applied to all weather radios, but specifically mention Midland Model WR120B programming instructions. View the setting up a weather radio (PDF).
Chesterfield Weather Channel Frequency and SAME Code
Set your weather radio to the weather channel frequency (162.475 MHz) and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) code (051041) for Chesterfield County.
Setting Up Your Weather Radio
Set Radio Channel for Weather Station
To set the radio channel, view Midland Model WR120B manual page 6 and visit the national weather radio (NWR) station listing to confirm the weather broadcast channel for your area. Information accurate as of Monday, Aug. 8, 2022:
Program Your Receiver
To program your receiver, view Midland Model WR120B page 5 for more information.
You can program your radio for a Single, Multiple or All SAME code. Some weather radios default to the All SAME codes within range of the transmitter for the selected weather channel, which means that you will receive alerts for many areas. You will need to manually adjust this to Single or Multiple to only receive alerts from your area(s).
To program NWR SAME receivers with the proper county(s) and marine area(s) of your choice, you need to know the 6-digit SAME code number. Then follow the directions in your radio's user's manual. You can get your SAME number by calling 1-888-NWR-SAME (1-888-697-7263) for a voice menu or by viewing the NWR County Coverage Listings by State page. Information accurate as of Monday, Aug. 8, 2022:
SAME Number: 051041
Related Terms and Definitions
SAME Location Code: This 6-digit sequence uniquely describes each county. For coding of a whole county, the first digit is zero. For coding of a part of a county, the first digit is a non-zero number. The 2nd and 3rd digits are the 2-digit state/equivalent territory identifier; the last three digits are the county or equivalent area identifier.
Transmitter Call Sign: Station call sign of the transmitter.
Transmitter Frequency: Frequency the transmitter broadcasts on. There are seven frequencies (in MHz) used throughout the NWR network: 162.400, 162.425, 162.450, 162.475, 162.500, 162.525 and 162.550.
Transmitter Location: City and state of the NWR transmitter covering the county. Some counties are covered by a transmitter in an adjacent state.
Transmitter Status: Current operational status of the transmitter. Possible status conditions are Normal, Degraded and Out of Service.