Hurricane Florence Information

If Hurricane Florence affects services for Smyth County or if there are updates to share with our residents, information will be posted to this page as well as our Facebook page. 

Shelters

At this time, Smyth County has not opened a shelter.  Should this change, the information will be posted to this page as well as our social media outlets.

Hurricane & Flood Preparedness   

•Elevate critical utilities, such as electrical panels, switches, sockets, wiring, appliances and heating systems.
•Waterproof basements and make sure your sump pump is working. Install a battery-operated backup in case of a power failure.
•Clear debris from gutters and downspouts. Remove anything that could block the flow of water in roadside ditches, including leaves, grass clippings, lawn debris or trash.
•Anchor any fuel tanks. 
•Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place.
•If you know your home or business floods during heavy rains, consider installing a row of sandbags, at least two feet high, around all home and business entrances.
•Park your vehicle on higher ground.
•Secure any outdoor objects that could become airborne during strong hurricane winds, including patio umbrellas, lawn furniture, flower pots, children’s toys, etc.

Emergency Kit Items   

•Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
•Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
•Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
•Flashlight
•First aid kit
•Extra batteries
•Whistle to signal for help
•Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
•Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
•Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
•Manual can opener for food
•Local maps
•Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery


reporting damage

Contact Virginia Department of Transportation (1-800-367-7623) if:

•roadways are blocked by water or debris
•trees down
•blocked drains
•roadways are washed out or damaged

 utility outages

If you lose power or see a power line issue, contact Appalachian Power (1-800-956-4237).

If your water service is interrupted or you need to report a water line break or any other water related issue, please call us:

Business Hour Emergencies (276)-783-3298 ext. 8328 or ext. 8329
After-Hour Emergencies (276)-782-4056 
Smyth County Sheriff's Office

 

resources

Smyth County Emergency Management
Smyth County Emergency Operations Plan
Smyth County Emergency Communications Committee
Smyth County Flood Zone Map
Chilhowie Flood Zone Map
Marion Flood Zone Map
Saltville Flood Zone Map


For more information please contact:

Charles P. Harrington,Emergency Management Coordinator
Email:  charrington@smythcounty.org 

Phone276-783-3381 ext. 7989
After Hours:  276-783-7204


Michael Carter, Director of Emergency Services
Email:  mcarter@smythcounty.org

Phone:  276-783-3298 ext. 8301