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Rappahannock Area Health District

The Rappahannock Area Health District provides medical, environmental, and public health services to residents of the City of Fredericksburg and Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford counties in Virginia.

Please contact your local Health Department for availability and schedules. 

Caroline County Health Department

Fredericksburg Health Department

King George Health Department

Spotsylvania Health Department.

Stafford Health Department         







Severe weather events such as thunderstorms and tornadoes have the ability to produce intense damage across the area. These events can create many public health threats. The Rappahannock Area Health District works with state and local government agencies and other community partners to prepare for and respond to these events. Ensure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather by following these tips:

  • Get a NOAA Weather Radio so you can receive information directly from the National Weather Service. Many models are available, including models designed for individuals with special needs.
  • Sign up for the emergency alert system for your locality so officials can provide you with important information before, during and after an emergency.
  • Understand severe weather terms and what you should do when watches or warnings are issued.
  • Have an emergency kit prepared with supplies such as flashlights and batteries, blankets, food that needs no cooking or refrigeration, a 3 day supply of water, prescription medications, a battery operated radio, and cell phone chargers.
  • Check batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors.
  • Avoid floodwater. In addition to the possibility of drowning, flood waters may contain raw sewage, chemicals and other toxins that are dangerous to your health.
  • Know the precautions to take to ensure food safety in case of an electrical outage.
  • Know what to do to ensure drinking water safety if your water may be contaminated or a boil water notice is issued. If you have a private well or onsite sewage system, click here.
  • Prevent injury and illness during cleanup efforts.

For additional information, visit the Virginia Department of Health’s severe weather preparedness page or contact the District Emergency Coordinator.

Summer Safety

Summer is a perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors, be active and spend time with friends and family. It’s important for us to remember to stay healthy and safe under the sun and in the water. This summer, take precautions to help keep your family safe whether you’re grilling out, riding a bike, swimming, or just enjoying some time in the sun. Click here for summer injury and illness prevention tips.


Additional resources:
RAHD Summer Safety Brochure
RAHD Safe Food Handling Brochure


The Rappahannock Medical Reserve Corps (RMRC) assists the Health District in its response to public health emergencies and participates in other public health programs to improve the health of the community. For information about joining the RMRC, please click here.

Rappahanock WIC Program

Last Updated: 07-08-2014

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