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Emergency Services

The Surry County Office of Emergency Services provides management, coordination, training, and response to small or large emergencies that impact the citizens of the County. During emergencies, the office of Emergency Services plans, implements and coordinates a response as outlined in the County Emergency Operations Plan. Surry County is unique since we must plan and prepare for emergencies at the Surry Nuclear Power Station under the Radiological Emergency Response Plan. Assistance with emergencies is provided by the three volunteer fire departments in the County: Surry, Dendron and Claremont Volunteer Fire Departments, the Surry Rescue Squad in addition to the Sheriff's Department, Social Services and other agencies as needed.

Mission Statement:

Our Mission is to be prepared to provide the Citizens of Surry County and it’s visitors with a comprehensive and cohesive coordinated system of volunteer and professional resources to protect lives and property during unforeseen man-made and natural disasters.



The budget for the Department of Emergency Services is a small part of the entire emergency operations for the County.  This budget includes funding for the coordinator's salary, administrative support and certain operating expenses.  Additions to the budget occur upon receipt of grants from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) or the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and more recently, the Department of Homeland Security.  Costs associated with disasters are channeled through this department to track expenditures and reimbursements.  The Parks & Recreation Director serves as the deputy coordinator of Emergency Services.  A member of the Board of Supervisors serves as the Director.  The County Administrator and the Coordinator serve as the liaisons between the County and the State Department of Emergency.



Hurricane season officially began on June 1, 2017 and ends on November 30, 2017.  Hurricane information is available at the Surry County Emergency Services Office located in the Government Center or can be printed directly from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website.

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EMS Materials


Residents of Surry County may request to be added to the Honeywell Instant Alert contact list to receive notifications by telephone preceeding, or during a weather event.  Your personal contact information will be kept confidential.  If you would like to be added to the contact list, you may download and complete an Instant Alert Response Card and return it by mail to:


Department of Emergency Services
P.O. Box 65
Surry, VA 23883 


BE BEAR AWARE!  Yes, we have black bear in Surry County. The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries can provide you with the information you need to live peacefully with them! Surry County is organizing a public forum to take place in Aug/Sept to address this issue.   http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/bear-aware/

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Use the link on the left side of this page to access the Emergency Services Training Calendar.