Chesterfield County is committed to providing accurate up-to-date information and resources for residents, businesses and guests. For the latest county information including storm information, be sure to like and follow the county's Facebook and Twitter accounts. This webpage page will be updated periodically with important storm information.
Important Phone Numbers During Severe Weather
- For non-emergency situations, please call 804-748-1251. Calls to 911 should be reserved for emergencies only.
- To report power outages, call Dominion Energy at 866-366-4357 or via your smartphone at dom.com. Or, call Southside Electric Cooperative at 866-878-5514.
- To report downed trees, flooding or any road hazard, call the Virginia Department of Transportation Customer Service Center at 800-367-7623.
- If you have nonemergency questions and concerns, call 804-751-2362.
- Keep cell phones charged for the latest information.
Sign Up for Chesterfield Alert
Sign up now to get alerted about emergencies and other important community news. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as:
- Evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods
- Missing persons
- Severe weather
- Unexpected road closures
Make an Emergency Kit
Emergency kits should contain supplies that will last each person and pet for at least three days. Be sure to include:
- Food and water for each person and pet for three days
- Extra batteries
- Extra clothes
- Cell phone chargers
- Weather radio
- Medications and toiletries
- Full tank of gas in your vehicle
Detailed information on assembling a kit can be found on the Virginia Department Of Emergency Management website.
Be a Good Neighbor
Remember to check on elderly or disabled neighbors in your community during an emergency.
Pets and Storm Safety
- Make sure your pet is microchipped and the information is up-to-date. Also include contact information for an out-of-town friend.
- Create a buddy system in case you are not home – ask a neighbor to check on pets.
- Prepare a pet emergency kit: food, water, medicines, important documents, a pet carrier and familiar items.
Tips for Preparing for High Wind
- Secure garbage cans, lawn furniture or anything that could become airborne and cause damage.
- Clean out gutters and storm drains to keep drains clear of trash, leaves and branches so rainwater can easily flow, reducing possible flooding and ponding.
- Rake leaves to cut down on flying debris and prevent clogged storm drains.
- Stock up your emergency supply kit. Heavy winds can often lead to power outages, sometimes for days at a time.
Turn Around, Don't Drown - Monitor Road Conditions
With hurricanes, tropical storms and heavy rainfall we can expect many impacts, including isolated flooding that could made roadways impassible. If you come across high water while driving, turn around. It's not worth the risk! Do not drive on water-covered roadways or move Road Closed signs or orange cones. It's not safe!
View realtime traffic and road conditions at www.511virginia.org.
Hurricane Safety and the Governor's Recommendations for Virginians During Declared States of Emergency
- Know your zone. Evacuation may become necessary depending on the track and severity of the storm. Review Virginia’s evacuation zones at KnowYourZoneVA.org. It is important to note that the zone colors have been updated for 2020. Users can enter their physical address in the search bar of the website to view and confirm their designated evacuation zone. If internet or computer access is not available, call 2-1-1 to learn your zone. Residents not residing in a pre-identified evacuation zone should listen to evacuation orders from local and state emergency agencies to determine if and when to evacuate.
- Make a plan. Virginians residing in eastern and coastal Virginia should consult the Virginia Hurricane Evacuation Guide, which outlines ways to prepare for both weather and pandemic-related risks. Additional planning resources are available at ready.gov/plan.
- Prepare an emergency kit. For a list of recommended emergency supplies to sustain your household before, during and after the storm visit VAemergency.gov/emergency-kit. Given the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, emergency kits should include face coverings and sanitization supplies.
- Stay informed. Virginians should follow the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook for preparedness updates and their local National Weather Service office for the latest weather forecast, advisories, watches or warnings. Download the FEMA app on your smartphone to receive mobile alerts from the National Weather Service. Power outages are always a concern during weather events—make sure you have a battery-operated radio available so you can still receive life-saving alerts.
Additional information about preparing for hurricanes during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Tornadoes may strike quickly, with little to no warning, causing extensive damage to structures and disrupting transportation, power, water, gas, communications and other services in its direct path and in neighboring areas.
Tornado Watch – Be Aware
>Tornadoes are possible. Move close to a shelter or sturdy building in case there is a warning.
Tornado Warning – Take Action
A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately.
Before a tornado:
- Identify safe rooms or protective locations at home, school or work before a tornado threat arises so that you have a plan for where to go for safety when a tornado warning is issued.
- Be alert to changing weather conditions and time in to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, local media and social media for the latest information.
- Look for the following danger signs: dark, often greenish sky; large hail; large, dark, low-lying cloud formation or rotation; or a loud roar similar to a freight train.
- Have an emergency communication plan in place for your family.
- Build an emergency kit - view a checklist.
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