What do I do when there's a weather alert/watch/warning for Chesterfield County?

First, understand the terms. The National Weather Service issues alerts when dangerous weather conditions can potentially affect an area, or are in immediate danger of affecting an area.


A watch is used when there is a risk of hazardous weather (thunderstorm, tornado or flooding). When a watch is issued, keep an eye on the weather. Be ready to enact your plan if it becomes necessary to do so.


A warning is issued when hazardous weather (thunderstorm, tornado or flooding) is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property. When a thunderstorm or tornado warning is issued, take cover on the lowest level of your home, in an interior room. If your home is in danger of flooding, move to higher ground immediately.

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1. What is emergency management?
2. What hazards is Chesterfield County susceptible to?
3. If I spot a potential disaster, whom should I contact?
4. What are the differences between natural and man-made disasters?
5. What do I do when there's a weather alert/watch/warning for Chesterfield County?
6. When is hurricane season?
7. How can I prepare my family for a disaster?
8. What items should we keep in our emergency kit?
9. In the event of a disaster and I have to evacuate my home, where do I go?
10. Why do we need out-of-town contacts in emergencies?
11. How can I prepare my pets for emergencies?
12. Are pets allowed in the shelters?
13. What does it mean to “Shelter-In-Place?”
14. Where can I find updated County specific information during a disaster?
15. What is an Emergency Operations Center (EOC)?
16. Does Chesterfield County have an emergency operations plan?
17. How can I help my community during a disaster?
18. Who do I contact if my elderly mother who is on oxygen loses power for an extended period of time?
19. Where do local facilities send copies of their annual Tier II reports?
20. Who should I contact for more information about emergency preparedness?