Emergency Public Information

In the event of an emergency situation or disaster Dinwiddie County officials will disseminate information through numerous means.

Emergency Notification System

This system quickly allows officials to communicate with citizens on many platforms. The system can utilize: landline and cellular telephones to make calls, text messages, emails and social media (Facebook and Twitter). Most citizens are automatically in the system via their landline telephone only; in order to add cell phones, texts, and emails please go to the Emergency Notification System page or call the Division of Fire & EMS at (804) 469-5388

Webpage/Social Media

Information will be posted on the County's homepage as well as to the Division of Fire & EMS link for Emergency Information. In addition, the county will share information on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Information Phone Lines

The following phone lines are available for citizen information on a daily basis and during events.

Division of Fire & EMS Office (804) 469-5388 Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5:00pm (hours may be extended during events)

Non- emergency Emergency Communications Center (804) 469-3755 24 hrs a day

All emergencies please use 911.

Fixed Facilities

Should power outages or other damage impact the area and limit exposure to telephone or electronic-based information, updates will be consistently disbursed (via flyers or verbal communications) at Dinwiddie County Fire & EMS facilities. Please note that public safety officials will activate these information points based on local communication needs and proximity to impacted areas. Fire & EMS Facility Locations . Other County facilities may also be used to distribute information if they are operational during or after the event.

County Public Safety Personnel

During all major incidents local officials make sure that public safety personnel who are responding into impacted areas also have all of the needed information(via flyers or verbal communications) that citizens may need. Initial first responders may not immediately have the information but as an incident progresses responders will be given the information to disseminate as quickly as possible. In addition, personnel may be sent door to door to deliver information in highly impacted areas.

Media Outlets

During an emergency event local officials will disseminate regular releases to local media outlets so that they can broadcast or print information, advisories, safety messages, status reports and instructions. The type of event and time sensitivity of the information will dictate which outlets are utilized during the event.

Emergency Alert System

The Emergency Alert System, is a national public warning system that broadcasts crisis information over television and radio waves. The system also may be used by state and local authorities to deliver important emergency information, such as AMBER alerts and weather information targeted to specific areas.