UPDATED July 1, 2020:

Preparing For and Responding to Emergencies

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Preparing for Emergencies

Responding to Emergencies

Additional Resources

Fire Prevention Programs educate residents on fire safety in the home and workplace.  Programs include: free smoke detectors and free installation for residents, as well as public education programs in schools, community organizations, neighborhoods, and the Fire/Police Safety House.  Contact: Fire Inspector James Humphrey, Fire Department at 220-6226 or

File of Life Program provides medical information to assist EMS staff in medical emergencies. Program includes: completing File of Life cards and posting cards in homes and businesses.
Contact: Fire Chief Pat Dent at 220-6220 or

Heads Up Display supports the File of Life program by providing emergency medical responders with information at registered addresses. Program includes: registration of medical conditions with Police Department and display of medical information when a 911 call is received from a registered address. Contact: Andy Barker, Police Department, 259-7210 or

The Neighborhood Response Teams partner with the city to help citizens prepare for, survive in, and mitigate hazards before, during, and after a natural or man-made disaster. Program includes eight sectors, managed by two co-captains. Contact: Human Services Director Peter Walentisch at 220-6166 or

Fire Suppression responds to all types of fires for the purpose of extinguishing and preventing further damage. Contact: Emergency: call 911
Non-emergency: contact Fire Chief Pat Dent at 220-6220 or

Emergency Medical Services provide an advanced life support response and delivery system to enhance health and wellness of citizens and visitors.
Contact: Emergency: Call 911
Non-emergency: Contact Fire Chief Dent at 220-6220 or

Emergency Command and Control responds to natural disasters (i.e. hurricane, ice storm) and man-made emergencies (radioactive accidents). City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is located at 444 N. Boundary Street. City Manager is the Director of Emergency Operations and Fire Chief is the Coordinator of Emergency Operations. EOC includes: pre-disaster planning, emergency operation command and control, damage assessment, and disaster recovery. For information during emergencies, listen to WMBG 740AM and TIDE 92.3 FM; watch Channel 48; and follow information at and the Emergency Preparedness Page and Contact: Fire Chief Pat Dent at 220-6220 or

City Emergency Shelter serves as city’s evacuation shelter during declared local emergencies. Citizens will be notified when the shelter is open. Center located at Quarterpath Recreation Center (202 Quarterpath Road). Contact: Fire Chief Pat Dent at 220-6220 or, or Quarterpath Recreation Center at 259-3760.

Disaster Recovery assists disaster victims in the restoration of life and property. Includes: dispatch of assessment teams the Fire Department. Contact: Fire Chief Pat Dent at 220-6220 or

Storm Debris Removal provides disposal of storm debris for residents after catastrophic weather events. When this occurs, City provides specific instructions as to debris preparation, placement, and collection. Contact: Public Works & Utilities Department at 220-6140 or

Additional Resources
Emergency Preparedness Page
Williamsburg Fire Department
Williamsburg Police Department 
Federal Emergency Management Agency
American Red Cross 
Department of Homeland Security 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention