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Being "Preparing for Terrorism".
Learn how to protect yourself, your family, your friends and your community
in the event of a terrorism attack. Be prepared.
Read our Disaster Preparedness Statement, it outlines how you and
your family can prepare in advance.
Is your family ready for an unexpected emergency?
Be sure with our Family Preparedness Plan.
This plan includes checklists and pointers to educate your family about
how to and what to do in an emergency.
This is a must-read for every family!
Want to know how the County reacts to an emergency?
available online!
Fire and Rescue personnel--do you need training,
or is it time for recertification?
You can even register for these classes right here!
The burn law is in effect from February 15th until May 31st, midnight until 4PM. 
The unattended distance requirements are 150ft during non-burn
law periods and 300ft during the burn law. 
It is requested that Culpeper County Dispatch be
contacted at 727-7900 before controlled burns are started.


Prepare of Winter!


Get Ready for Winter Weather!



Winter Preparedness Week in Virginia is November 30 - December 6th, 2014



Recent Virginia winters have been cold and snowy, and many people had power outages.  It's so important to be winter-ready that the National Weather Service


and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have set aside Nov. 30 to Dec. 6th as Winter Preparedness week.


No matter the predictions, a significant winter storm is always possible.  With an El Nino weather pattern expected this season, there cold be


a wetter than normal winter.  And El Nino winters can be snowier if atmospheric conditions are right..just like the winter of 2009 - 2010.


Remember: an important part of winter weather planning is being prepared to stay where you are until conditions improve. 



To be ready; take these steps:


  • Get a kit. Basic emergency supplies include:
    • Three days' food that doesn't need refrigeration or electricity to prepare it
    • Three days' water (a gallon per person per day)
    • A battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio with extra batteries
    • For businesses and offices, some bottles of water, food bars and a radio or TV to hear local information about whether or not it is safe to travel
    • A power pack for recharging cell phones and other mobile devices


  • Make a plan.  Everyone needs an emergency plan:
    • Decide who your out-of-town emergency contact will be.
    • Where will you meet up with family members if you can't return home?
    • Get an emergency plan worksheet at


  • Stay informed.  Before, during and after a winter storm, you should:
    • Listen to local media for information and instructions from emergency officials.
    • Be aware of winter storm watches and warnings and road conditions.
    • Get where you need to go before the weather gets bad.
    • Get road condition information 24/7 by calling 511 or checking


  • Download the Ready Virginia app.  Free app for iPhone and Android features:
    • Location-specific weather watches and warnings issued by NWS
    • Disaster news from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
    • A customizable family emergency plan that can be easily shared
    • A checklist for gathering emergency supplies
    • Links to register for local emergency alerts, and more.



Key Facts About Flu


Key Facts about Influenza (Flu) & Flu Vaccine
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and at times, can lead to death. 
The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.
Signs and Symptoms of Flu
People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:
·         Fever or feeling feverish/chills
·         Cough
·         Sore throat
·         Runny or stuffy nose
·         Muscle or body aches
·         Headaches
·         Fatigue
·         Vomiting and diarrhea (though this is more common in children than adults)
*It’s also important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
Everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated each year. While everyone should get a flu vaccine, it’s especially important that certain
people get vaccinated either because they are at high risk of having serious flu-related complications or because they live with or care for people at high risk for developing flu-related complications.
Other people for whom vaccination is especially important are:
·         People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
·         Heath care workers
Some people should not be vaccinated without first consulting their physician. They include:
·         People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs
·         People who have had a severe reaction to an influenza vaccination in the past. 
·         Children younger than 6 months of age (influenza vaccine is not approved for use in this age group)
·         People with a history of Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome.
Anyone who has a moderate or severe illness with a fever should wait to get vaccinated until their symptoms lessen. 
If you have questions as to whether you should get a flu vaccine, consult your health care provider.
For more information, you may visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at
Contact Information

Department of Emergency Services

14022 Public Safety Court
Culpeper Virginia 22701

(540) 727-7161 (Phone) 
(540) 727-8898(Fax)

Director:  Warren Jenkins

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