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.

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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?