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Emergency Management

300 Kings Fork Road
Suffolk, VA 23434 map
(757) 514-4536

Suffolk LEPC


"To be an effective community network for planning for emergency management of incidents involving spills or releases of hazardous materials."


"To minimize any negative impacts of crises through effective planning."


  1. Establish effective relationships between distinct groups
  2. Actively pursue identifying all key stakeholders
  3. Promote & maintain effective representation from all stakeholders & customers
  4. Assist the Office of Emergency Management in developing, improving, testing, and maintaining emergency plans
  5. Raise public awareness
  6. Ensure emergency preparedness information is user-friendly and available to all stakeholders

New members as well as visitors from the community are welcome to join us for our regular monthly meeting held on the last Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. We meet in the Training Room of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Headquarters located at 300 Kings Fork Road.


SARA Title III was enacted by U.S. Congress in 1986 in response to an incident in India in which 2500 people were killed by a chemical release. The purpose behind SARA Title III/EPCRA has been to create a cooperative relationship among government, business, and the public involving all of them in the effort to prevent, to plan, to prepare for, and to manage chemical emergencies.

This law sets requirements for facilities that manufacture, process, or store certain hazardous or toxic chemicals, of certain threshold levels on-site to report annually to state and local governments and to report any accidental releases on a timely basis. The information submitted by facilities provided the basis for community right-to-know and local emergency planning and preparedness.

The  Tier II cycle runs from January 1 thru March 31 of each year.  Reports may be submitted to the Suffolk LEPC as well as Suffolk Fire and Rescue by email as a PDF document to:

The receipt of your Tier II report will be acknowledged by return email.

If you prefer, you may submit your tier II report by mail to the address above.

For more information regarding  Tier II reporting or the Suffolk LEPC call the  Emergency Management Coordinator at (757) 514-4532


What is Shelter in Place?

Shelter In Place is a short term way to pro-tect yourself in the event of an emergency in a predetermined room in your home, school or worksite.

Why would a SIP be Issued?

This is a precaution aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors. You may be advised to shelter in place by emergency management officials for the following events:

  • Chemical Release
  • Biological Attack
  • Wild Fires
  • Nuclear Release
  • Weather Emergencies
  • Law Enforcement Activity

What is SIP for a Chemical Release?

"Shelter In Place" (SIP) instructions may be given in an emergency where hazardous materials may have been released into the Atmosphere. This is a precau­tion aimed to keep you safe while remaining indoors. (This is not the same thing as going to a shelter in case of a storm.)

If emergency officials direct you to SIP,  take yourself and anyone near you inside an enclosed structure, whether it's a house, business, garage, or vehicle. If you know of an invalid or unattended child in your neighborhood, call them and tell them to remain indoors. Keep any pets inside. Evacuation may be an appropriate precaution during a flood or hurricane, but you should NOT attempt an evac­uation during a chemical emergency unless specifically directed to do so by emergency officials.

Even a poorly sealed building or vehicle provides some protection against chemical vapors. If you are inside a vehicle, close your vehicle's doors and windows, and turn off the vehicle's air conditioning and ventilation system.

 What do I need?

 Your  SIP supply kit should include the following items:

  •  Emergency Contact Numbers
  •  First Aid kit and required medications
  •  Battery operated AM/FM radio
  •  Phone and charger
  •  Flashlight and extra batteries
  • 5 Gallon Bucket and trash bags.
  • Bath-size towels. (For wetting and placing at the bottom of doors.)
  • Wide tape (i.e. duct tape).
  • Plastic sheeting (i.e., drop cloth, window plastic, etc.). Should be pre-cut to the size of the openings that need to be closed off in your shelter room.
  • Canned food, other ready-to-eat food, and bottled water.
  • Manual can opener.

Store your kit in a convenient and secure location known to all family members. Stored water and food should be replaced every six months. Reevaluate your kit and family needs at least once a year and replace batteries, etc.

How do I prepare?

The SIP situation in your area may involve unique circumstances. It is imperative that you follow the instructions of your local officials explicitly in the event of a SIP emergency. Contact the Suffolk Emergency Management Office for more details at 757-514-4536.

  • Choose a room in your home to serve as a "Shelter Room" with minimal doors and windows.
  • Determine how to quickly shut off all air moving equipment in your home to include: heating, air conditioning, exhaust fans, etc.
  • Assemble a home SIP kit with the items listed, in this brochure and other emergency phone numbers.
  • Sign-Up for the City’s emergency tele-phone notification system to ensure you will receive SIP messages. You can do so by going to the City’s click on the "SuffolkOnTheAlert" icon.
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