Emergency Preparedness

Office of Emergency Preparedness Mission

Our mission is to effectively respond to any emergency impacting public health through preparation, collaboration, education and rapid intervention. VDH Emergency Preparedness involves state, regional and local emergency response partners working together to enhance readiness to respond to all hazards, including bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies.


Flash Floods: Turn Around! Don't Drown!

Flooding is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities in the U.S. More than half of the deaths occur in motor vehicles when people attempt to drive through flooded roadways. People underestimate the force and power of water, especially when it is moving.

  • Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock over and carry off an adult.
  • Twelve inches of water can float a small car.
  • Eighteen to twenty-four inches of flowing water can carry away most vehicles, including large SUVs.

It is never safe to drive or walk through floodwaters. Any time you come to a flooded road, walkway, or path, follow this simple rule: Turn Around Don’t Drown.

For more information and flood safety tips, visit www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.




Steer Clear of Flooded Roads. Never drive on flooded roads - almost half of flood deaths happen in vehicles. 6 inches of water is enough to cause you to lose control of your vehicle. If you encounter flood waters on a roadway, Turn Around, Don't Drown.

Disaster Preparedness

After heavy rain, roads may be covered in water. You may not be able to accurately determine the depth of the water across the road.  TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN. Rapid flowing streams and ditches can sweep you off your feet and your vehicle downstream. Remain alert. Move to higher ground and a safer area. Flood safety tips at the CDC.