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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricanes are among the most powerful and destructive phenomena in nature. The primary hazards from tropical cyclones (which include tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes) are storm surge flooding, inland flooding from heavy rains, destructive winds, tornadoes, and high surf and rip currents. Hurricane season started on June 1 in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. It ends on November 30.

As a community, we must prepare for the results of tropical activity from hurricanes, tropical storms, and depressions. Remember, plan now for survival.

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

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Report Power Outages Immediately

If you experience a power outage, please call Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. SVEC 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 Sheltering | Refugios de emergencia

When an emergency happens in the city that causes a large number of residents to evacuate their homes, the City may activate a mass care emergency shelter. Click here to learn more about what to bring to a shelter, shelter rules, and what to expect if you need to evacuate to a City shelter. 

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Emergency Operations Plan

The City of Winchester's 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.  

Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Region - Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.  It is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan.  State, tribal, and local governments engage in hazard mitigation planning to identify risks and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters and develop long-term strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events.  Mitigation plans are key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.

Emergency Management Strategic Plan

The City of Winchester Emergency Management Department 2022-2025 Strategic Plan provides a framework for supporting the community before, during, and after disasters and improving the agency's execution of its fundamental mission to provide a safe and resilient community for all residents.  From 2022-2025, EMD will focus on three main strategic goals and will facilitate progress through 11 supporting strategic objectives.  These objectives will highlight meaningful ways the EMD identifies communication, coordination, and collaboration with community stakeholders, and prepares them to respond to and recover from disasters while standardizing the delivery of the city emergency management program.

Scott KensingerScott E. Kensinger, VPEM, EFO, MA
Emergency Management Coordinator
Public Services Building
301 E. Cork Street
Winchester, VA  22601

(540) 773-1360

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Ethan Longenecker
Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator
Public Services Building
301 E. Cork Street
Winchester, VA  22601
(540) 773-1352