All local residents are encouraged to begin preparation for flooding conditions due to the expectation of significant rainfall beginning in the early hours of Friday, October 2nd. Areas that were impacted earlier this week should prepare to be impacted again and to a greater extent. All residents in low lying areas should be removing and/or securing any items in their lawns and preparing an evacuation plan. Due to the saturation of the ground already, water levels are expected to rise very rapidly once rainfall begins. Residents near the Smith River should have already observed this but both Philpott and Martinsville Dams have been flowing as much water as they can with minimal impact. This is to prepare the lake for the amount of expected rainfall.
If you have special needs that will require assistance with evacuation, please contact 276-638-8751. In the event that a life-threatening emergency does exist, Dial 911. However, please do not call 9-1-1 with non-emergency requests or questions; our dispatchers will be extremely busy and non-emergency calls could delay getting resources to those who need them.
In order to be prepared for a potential long-term event, possibly without electricity, make sure you are prepared to “Get Through 72”; meaning you have enough supplies to sustain your own household for 72 hours including food, water, prescription meds, pet needs, etc. If you are on the roadways during this event, remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” – it only takes 12 inches of water to sweep a car away.
Please monitor your local media and our social media pages for the latest information. If you have not signed up for the County’s emergency notification system called CodeRed, we encourage you to do so now by visiting our website at www.henrycountyva.gov. You can also find other preparedness tips at www.ready.gov.
Be aware, and stay safe!
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The Department of Public Safety coordinates all emergency services in Henry County. Department personnel includes a Director, Deputy Director, Fire Marshal, Assistant Fire Marshal, Chief of Operations, Chief of Training and Volunteer Coordination, two Assistant Chiefs of Training and Volunteer Coordination, administrative assistant and full-time and part-time paramedic/firefighters.
Equipment for emergency management includes a mobile command post, hazardous materials response trailer, mobile air supply unit, mass casualty incident response trailer, decontamination trailer, sheltering supplies, technical hazardous operations unit, and two advanced life support ambulances. The Department also maintains a 5-story burn training structure, a fire backdraft simulator, and various hazardous materials training props. The Department provides administrative and training support to eight all-volunteer fire companies and five rescue squads. To learn more about how to become a volunteer click here.
Public Safety Offices are located in the Emergency Services Training Center and Piedmont Regional Criminal Justice Academy Building at 1024 DuPont Road, Martinsville, VA 24112. The Department also operates an EMS station at 800 Hooker Street, Martinsville.
During normal office hours (M-F 8a – 5p), you may reach the department by calling (276) 634-4660 or email us anytime.
If you have an emergency, please call 9-1-1!
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