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.
June-November has been identified as hurricane season. Make sure you and your family are ready. Now is the time to determine your personal hurricane risk and review/update insurance policies. You can also replenish or acquire hurricane emergency supplies and start thinking about how you will prepare your home for the coming hurricane season. You are encouraged to complete these simple preparations before hurricane season begins on June 1. Keep in mind, you may need to adjust any preparedness actions based on the latest health and safety guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.
The following are some of the hazards and situations which may be encountered in our area should the state be impacted by a tropical system: heavy rain, high winds and power outages.
Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 3-9, 2020. Click here for details on how you can get prepared.
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 E. Kensinger
Emergency Management Coordinator
Timbrook Public Safety Center
231 E. Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Fax (540) 542-1314