Emergency Preparedness Information
Emergency Preparedness begins at your own home or business. The following links have been provided to help you and your family prepare for an emergency.
Emergency Management (EM) recommends that every household maintain emergency kits with food, water, and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours after an emergency. In rural communities like Caroline it his highly likely that electrical power and other utilities will be out for extended periods. Your supply kit should be designed to help you manage during such outages.
These links may be helpful in developing your emergency kits for your home, cars, and businesses:
- FEMA - Food and Water in an Emergency (PDF)
- Ready Virginia - Get a Kit
- Ready.gov - Build a Kit
- REC - Portable Generator Safety
Evacuation & Shelter
Depending on the emergency, local officials may recommend sheltering in place as opposed to evacuation. These links provide more information about these procedures:
- Caroline’s Shelter in Place Brochure (PDF)
- Ready Virginia - Evacuating
- Ready Virginia - Shelter in Place
Preparedness information for businesses may be found on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management - Business Resources page.
Residents in the extreme western portion of Caroline County fall within the designated 10 mile emergency protective zone of the North Anna Nuclear Power Station. Although the risk is very low, the County regularly plans for and drills for radiological emergencies. These links provide additional information on what to do in the event of a plant emergency:
- Ready.gov - Nuclear Power Plants
- Virginia Department of Emergency Management - Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies
Caroline encourages all residents to sign up for Caroline Alert, the County’s emergency text and email notification system. Sign up for free. Caroline Alert allows subscribers to receive emergency cell phone text messages and emails during disasters. The system also allows users to select to receive automatic severe weather information directly from the National Weather Service as well as other non-emergency information from County Departments (school closings, water maintenance alerts, area controlled burns, etc.)