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The County monitors the path and severity of any extreme weather that could impact the area, and works with County Departments and community partners on preparedness activities well in advance of events.

Residents in low lying areas and those who have flooded in the past should prepare their homes for damage as well as evacuations in extreme weather situations.

In the event of potentially dangerous weather conditions, New Kent County Fire-Rescue urges residents to take the following actions:

• Make sure your family members, friends and neighbors are prepared for an extended weather event.

• Have flashlights and extra batteries, a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries in case power goes out. Have food that does not need refrigeration and one gallon of water per person per day. Other important items are a first aid kit and medications, car charger, blankets and other supplies.

• If you must be on the road, drive carefully. Find out the latest road conditions before heading out by calling 511 or visiting

• Monitor the weather forecast. Excessive rainfall could cause creeks and streams to rise quickly out of their banks and flood low-lying areas.

When power outages are expected to occur residents are encouraged to charge cell phones and other electronics. Other tips for communicating in an emergency:

• Keep a list of emergency phone numbers in your cell phone and near your home phone.

• Have charged batteries and car-phone chargers for back-up power for your cell phone.

• If you have a landline, keep a non-cordless phone in your home, because it will work even if you lose power. 

• Conserve your cell phone battery by reducing screen brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode and closing apps you are not using.

• If you lose power, you can charge your cell phone in your car. Just be sure your car is in a well-ventilated place – not in a garage.

A few great websites to help you prepare are:
American Red Cross

Recovering From Disaster:

Returning Home Safely:

Emergency Preparedness and Response:
Flood Water After a Disaster or Emergency 

Disaster Survivor Assistance

Phone numbers you need to know:

• 2-1-1 Virginia is serving as the public inquiry number for Virginia residents. 

• 5-1-1 is to be used for the latest in road conditions. 

• Only call 9-1-1 in a true emergency. For non-emergency situations in New Kent County, call 804-966-9500.

Also, make sure to report power outages. For Dominion Virginia Power, call 1-866-366-4357, or visit with your mobile device and you can report your outage -- anytime, anywhere. Dominion also provides updates through Facebook and Twitter. 

Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for information. If you have not already done so:

• Sign up for New Kent ALERT, the County's Mass Emergency Notification Service at

• Follow New Kent County on Twitter at, and on Facebook at

• Follow Virginia Department of Emergency Management on Twitter at, and on Facebook at

• You can also follow us by using #NewKentVA .

Please stay alert, and stay safe!

New Kent Fire-Rescue