Stafford County Emergency Management

Stafford County Emergency Management The Office of Emergency Management works to reduce Stafford County's vulnerability to hazards.

Do you have an emergency kit in your vehicle? Do you know what to do if you get stuck during a snowstorm?Have a kit with...
12/05/2023

Do you have an emergency kit in your vehicle? Do you know what to do if you get stuck during a snowstorm?

Have a kit with weather-appropriate shoes and clothing, snacks, water, and basic first-aid supplies.
Run the engine for about 10 minutes per hour to run the heater and charge your cellphone.
Open a window slightly to let fresh air in and to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

More tips: ready.gov/winter-ready

Prepare for winter storms and cold weather with the kids by playing the disaster master game: www.ready.gov/kids/games. ...
11/29/2023

Prepare for winter storms and cold weather with the kids by playing the disaster master game: www.ready.gov/kids/games. Password hint: SLEET

11/25/2023

SALMONELLA OUTBREAK UPDATE: 99 people sick in 32 states, including 45 hospitalized and sadly 2 deaths. More whole and pre-cut cantaloupe have been recalled. Throw them away or return them: https://bit.ly/3R3jswt

The NWS has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Saturday November 18, 2023 from 7AM-6PM. Windy conditions combined with low ...
11/17/2023

The NWS has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Saturday November 18, 2023 from 7AM-6PM. Windy conditions combined with low humidity levels will create conditions for the rapid spread of wildfires. Outdoor burning is STRONGLY discouraged during this time.

11/17/2023

UPDATE:

The road is open.

Traffic Alert:

Northbound I-95 at mile marker 136 is currently closed due to an auto accident.

Looking for real-time air quality information on your phone? Download the free (and ad-free!) AirNow app to see air qual...
11/17/2023

Looking for real-time air quality information on your phone? Download the free (and ad-free!) AirNow app to see air quality conditions in your area. https://www.airnow.gov/airnow-mobile-app/

Please note Stafford County does NOT have a PM2.5 air particle sensor which is what measures the particles in wildfire smoke. Our sensor only measures ozone. Click on the smoke icon in the app for the closest PM2.5 sensor in Fredericksburg or Fauquier.

11/17/2023

DYK what the U.S. Air Quality Index (AQI) is? It is EPA’s index for reporting air quality. Follow along to learn more about our AQI and how you can use it to protect your health.

EPA has an AQI for five common air pollutants:
✅ Ground-level ozone
✅ Particle pollution (also known as particulate matter, including PM2.5 and PM10)
✅ Carbon monoxide
✅ Sulfur dioxide
✅ Nitrogen dioxide

Each category has a specific color. The color makes it easy for people to quickly determine whether air quality is reaching unhealthy levels in their communities. Green represents the lowest level; maroon represents the highest level of concern.

When AQI values are above 100 (Code Orange), air quality is unhealthy: at first for certain sensitive groups of people, then for everyone as AQI values get higher. The AQI is divided into six categories. Each category corresponds to a different level of health concern.

See the Activity Guides to learn ways to protect your health when the Index reaches unhealthy levels: https://www.airnow.gov/publications/activity-guides-publications/

If you are healthy, you're usually not at a major risk from short-term exposures to smoke. Still, it's a good idea to avoid breathing smoke if you can help it. Everyone should take the steps below when wildfires are present.

Stay updated on the in your area with EPA's Fire and Smoke Map available in English and Spanish. Visit fire.airnow.gov or download our free AirNow app in your app store. (Click or tap the globe for español.)

Take steps today to be   this season!  Here are some simple steps to get your home ready!- Keep out the cold with insula...
11/13/2023

Take steps today to be this season! Here are some simple steps to get your home ready!
- Keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping
- Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- Stock your pantry with extra non-perishable food and water
- Plan for power outages especially for medical equipment
For more tips: ready.gov/winter-weather

Happy 248th Birthday United States Marine Corps! 🇺🇸 🎂
11/10/2023

Happy 248th Birthday United States Marine Corps! 🇺🇸 🎂

Don't let the beautiful weather this week distract you from getting  ! Prepare now by creating an emergency supply kit f...
11/08/2023

Don't let the beautiful weather this week distract you from getting ! Prepare now by creating an emergency supply kit for your vehicle.

Items to include:
- Flashlight, batteries, and jumper cables
- Water & snacks
- Warm clothes, blankets, and boots
- Phone charger
- Ice scraper

More prep tips: ready.gov/winter-weather

Everyone has the right to vote safely! Be aware of your surroundings while at the polling stations and report any suspic...
11/07/2023

Everyone has the right to vote safely! Be aware of your surroundings while at the polling stations and report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff's non-emergency line - 540-658-4400. If you See Something, Say Something.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back and check your smoke alarms!
11/04/2023

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back and check your smoke alarms!

Time to turn those clocks back tonight, it's the end of daylight saving time. When adjusting your clocks, be sure to check your smoke alarms. Test them by pressing the test button, and double check the date of manufacture--keep in mind they have a 10 year life span.

Breast cancer is a major public healthconcern for all women, including womenwith disabilities. Listen to four women with...
10/25/2023

Breast cancer is a major public health
concern for all women, including women
with disabilities. Listen to four women with
disabilities tell their stories of surviving
breast cancer.

Read real stories from the Right To Know Campaign from four women who have survived breast cancer.

  Join us to practice DROP, COVER, and HOLD On! Earthquakes can happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. When you feel...
10/19/2023



Join us to practice DROP, COVER, and HOLD On! Earthquakes can happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. When you feel shaking begin, DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON!

IF you are DRIVING - pull over to the side of the road and stop. Set the parking break. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, large signs, trees, and other hazards.

IF you use a WHEELCHAIR or WALKER - lock your wheels. If using a walker, get as low as possible. Bend over and cover your head/neck with your arms, a book, or a pillow. Hold on until shaking stops.

ShakeOut with us by playing the video y playing the video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78CA09Bnqtw&list=PLs1gMujRSBY1b8HfvyUHw9PDXSgvd9Rzu&index=2

Learn more about earthquake preparedness at ready.gov/earthquakes

Visit https://www.ShakeOut.org/drill/broadcast to download!

Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early.Learn about tips for getting a mammogram:
10/18/2023

Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early.

Learn about tips for getting a mammogram:

Learn what a mammogram is, how it's done, how it feels, what the results mean, and where to get one.

10/18/2023

UPDATE:

Antonio has been located. Thank you to everyone who helped.

Runaway:
Deputies are currently attempting to locate 13 year old Antonio Cordero who ran away from home earlier this morning. He was last seen on Kendrick Court wearing a black hoodie, black sweatpants, and no shoes. If you see him, please contact the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at 540-658-4400.

The Great ShakeOut is this Thursday, October 19 at 10:19am!When you feel an earthquake occurring you should immediately:...
10/16/2023

The Great ShakeOut is this Thursday, October 19 at 10:19am!

When you feel an earthquake occurring you should immediately:

DROP where you are onto your hands and knees.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand.

HOLD ON until shaking stops.

Learn more and join the millions already signed up at www.shakeout.org

All men and women have the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Normally, they help protect you from getting cancer. However, when one...
10/11/2023

All men and women have the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Normally, they help protect you from getting cancer. However, when one or both of them have a mutation (change), they increase your chance of breast or ovarian cancer.

This tool can help you learn about BRCA genes & assess your risk of having a BRCA mutation.

Guidelines to help health care providers identify young women at higher risk for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.

Don't Freak Out! The Great ShakeOut, the world's largest earthquake drill, is on October 19 at 10:19am!The best time to ...
10/09/2023

Don't Freak Out! The Great ShakeOut, the world's largest earthquake drill, is on October 19 at 10:19am!

The best time to prepare for any disaster is before it happens. You can prepare for earthquakes by:
-Practicing the drop, cover, and hold on actions with your family and coworkers
-Make an emergency plan.

Do you know what to do? Visit www.shakeout.org to learn more!

Today we had the pleasure of hosting VDEM Region 7’s team. Our partners at VDEM are a critical asset for all areas of Em...
10/05/2023

Today we had the pleasure of hosting VDEM Region 7’s team. Our partners at VDEM are a critical asset for all areas of Emergency Management that overwhelm local resources. We appreciate all their assistance and support!

Thank you to everyone who came to see us at National Night Out! We enjoyed providing free health screenings and emergenc...
10/05/2023

Thank you to everyone who came to see us at National Night Out! We enjoyed providing free health screenings and emergency preparedness information with you!

For more information about our volunteer opportunities please visit: Stafford County Community Emergency Response Team - CERT or Stafford Amateur Radio Assoc. (S.A.R.A.)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.You may be able to reduce your risk forbreast cancer by taking care of your hea...
10/04/2023

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
You may be able to reduce your risk for
breast cancer by taking care of your health.
Check out this resource to learn more.

Learn about things you can do to lower your chance of getting breast cancer.

REMINDER: Today at 2:20PM FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationw...
10/04/2023

REMINDER: Today at 2:20PM FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test (https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test) of the Emergency Alert System (https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-system) (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (https://www.fema.gov/.../public/wireless-emergency-alerts)
(WEA).

**Phones will tone even if on silent. If you need to make sure your phone stays silent please plan to turn off the phone before 2:20pm.**

TVs and radios will also tone with the EAS message "This is a test of the National Emergency Alert System".

Wednesday, Oct. 4th at 2:20 p.m. ET, there will be a nationwide emergency alert test on cell phones, wireless devices, r...
10/02/2023

Wednesday, Oct. 4th at 2:20 p.m. ET, there will be a nationwide emergency alert test on cell phones, wireless devices, radios, and TVs.

This is a standard test that occurs at least once every three years. No action is needed.

Info & FAQs: http://fema.gov/.../integrated-public.../national-test-2023

IMPORTANT: On Wednesday, Oct. 4th at 2:20 p.m. ET, there will be a nationwide emergency alert test on cell phones, wireless devices, radios, and TVs.

This is a standard test that occurs at least once every three years. No action is needed.

Info & FAQs: fema.gov/emergency-managers/practitioners/integrated-public-alert-warning-system/national-test-2023

The Great ShakeOut, the world's largest earthquake drill, is on October 19 at 10:19am!Major earthquakes may happen anywh...
10/02/2023

The Great ShakeOut, the world's largest earthquake drill, is on October 19 at 10:19am!

Major earthquakes may happen anywhere you live, work, or travel. The ShakeOut drill is our chance to practice how to protect ourselves, and for everyone to become prepared.

Do you know what to do? Visit www.shakeout.org to learn more!

Preparedness for the future starts with today’s youth! www.ready.gov/kids has the tools and information in a kid friendl...
09/29/2023

Preparedness for the future starts with today’s youth! www.ready.gov/kids has the tools and information in a kid friendly format to help get the whole family involved.

Prepare with Pedro! Learn how to prepare for disasters with Pedro the penguin with a few downloadable preparedness activity book.

Test your knowledge and skill by playing Disaster Master and Build a Kit.

Help children cope following a disaster at www.ready.gov/helping-children-cope

Decide on family meeting points, and practice home evacuation to make sure kids know where to go.

Come out and see Emergency Management, Stafford County Community Emergency Response Team - CERT, and EMCOMM at this year...
09/29/2023

Come out and see Emergency Management, Stafford County Community Emergency Response Team - CERT, and EMCOMM at this year's National Night Out from 5-8PM at Stafford Marketplace.

Emergency Preparedness with CERT/EMCOMM:
- Winter Preparedness Information / Emergency Kit Supply Game
-Sign up to take the next CERT Basic Course
-Learn more about being a HAM Radio Operator and talk to people around the world

Public Health:
-Free Preventative Health Screenings 👩‍⚕️
-Hands Only CPR 💓
-Nutrition Information 🍎

And so much more! Hope to see you there!

COPE Community Health Ambassador Challenge Week is October 1-5, 2023. See the flyer below for details.  SCFR "Wellness o...
09/27/2023

COPE Community Health Ambassador Challenge Week is October 1-5, 2023. See the flyer below for details.

SCFR "Wellness on Wheels" will be providing Hands Only CPR and Preventative Health Screenings at the Mental Health Awareness/Until Help Arrives event Wednesday October 4th at the Jeff Rouse Swim Center

Visit https://www.copewellnessva.org/community-health-and-wellness for more information.

**The 5K on Oct 1st has been postponed to May 4, 2024.**

Give blood & save lives at the Stafford County Fire & Rescue drive! Join the community blood drive on Wednesday, October...
09/27/2023

Give blood & save lives at the Stafford County Fire & Rescue drive!

Join the community blood drive on Wednesday, October 18th, 10am-2pm at St Peter's Lutheran Church. Donors get a free t-shirt. Bring ID.

Sign up at https://bit.ly/StaffordCF1018 or walk in.

Older adults with disabilities may need extra help during and after an emergency. Consider these tips to keep them safe:...
09/25/2023

Older adults with disabilities may need extra help during and after an emergency. Consider these tips to keep them safe:

📱Have a contact list of your support network on their phone.

✅Consider Project Lifesaver to help locate loved ones with the tendancy to wander or struggle with cognitive disorders. - https://www.staffordsheriff.com/content/crime/Projectlifesaver.cfm

More: ready.gov/disability

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