Emergency Management

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Emergency Management serves and protects the community by coordinating and integrating all activities necessary to build, sustain, and improve the capabilities to prevent from, protect against, mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural, technological, or man-made disasters.

Winter Preparedness

Winter storms create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, carbon monoxide poisoning, and heart attacks from overexertion. Winter storms and blizzards can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice, and high winds. A winter storm can:

  • Last a few hours or several days;
  • Knock out heat, power, and communication services; and
  • Place older adults, young children, and sick individuals at greater risk.

If you are under a winter storm warning, find shelter right away, and:

  • Stay off roads.
  • Stay indoors and dress warmly.
  • Prepare for power outages.
  • Use generators outside only and away from windows.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Check on neighbors.

Click here to discover how to stay safe.


Get Emergency Alerts

Receive notifications about emergencies and non-emergency (refuse/recycling schedule changes, snow plan activations, City facility closures, scheduled road closures, etc.) by signing up for our notification system

Create an account and receive time-sensitive messages however you specify, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. Register a 22601 address (work, home, school, church, etc.).

Report Power Outages Immediately

If you experience a power outage, please call Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. SEVC urges its customers to call 1-800-234-7832 anytime there is a power outage and to not assume that others have reported the outage.  By calling any time you experience an outage, you help crews respond more efficiently and restore your service more quickly.

Emergency Operations Plan

The City of Winchesters Emergency Operations Plan is an all-discipline, all-hazards plan that establishes a single, comprehensive framework for managing incidents in the city.  It is compatible with the National Response Framework and provides the structure for coordinating within our local and with the state government in delivery of disaster assistance.  The plan improves the City of Winchester’s capability to respond to and recover from threatened or actual natural, technological or man-made disasters.  


Scott KensingerScott E. Kensinger
Emergency Management Coordinator
Timbrook Public Safety Center
231 E. Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA  22601

(540) 545-4721
Fax (540) 542-1314

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