Emergency Management

Know Your Zone - Coastal Virginia Tiered Evacuation Zones


Virginia Department of Emergency Management Hurricane Preparedness Guide

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To lessen the impact of natural and man-made disasters upon the City of Suffolk by meeting the needs of our citizens through effective mitigation, planning, response and recovery.
This is accomplished thru a comprehensive emergency management program which includes:
  • An effective response to emergency situations
  • Focused recovery programs for major disasters
  • Pre and post-disaster mitigation of known hazards to reduce their impact
  • Preparedness activities, such as emergency planning, training, exercises and community education programs

All Hazards Approach

Our all hazards approach to emergency planning includes threats from hurricanes and tropical storms, other weather emergencies, as well as man-made or technological emergencies such as major fires, mass casualty incidents, hazardous materials incidents and acts of terrorism.


In the event of a disaster, the Office of Emergency Management is responsible for the coordination of all local, state and federal emergency response agencies and for maintaining a coordinated, accurate, consistent flow of information and instructions to the citizens of the City of Suffolk.


Planning, continuous training and teamwork between the public and private sector have been the key to a quick response and successful recovery from past disasters that have impacted our City.