During a major emergency or disaster, Prince William County government posts information in the following places:
PWC Alerts is an emergency notification system used by Prince William County government to send emergency alerts, non-emergency updates, as well as automated weather notifications to you through voice calls, texts, and/or emails before, during, and after a major crisis. This highly customizable system allows you to receive only those alerts that you are interested in receiving (examples include: severe weather watches & warnings, active shooter, traffic alerts, etc.). You can stop receiving alerts by texting 'STOP' to 888-777 anytime. For more information and to register, go to alerts. Please note that Prince William County Schools uses a separate alerting system.
You may also receive alerts from authorities in the following ways:
You should look for local, up-to-date information and follow instructions from local officials about:
Depending on the situation, local officials may tell you to stay where you are and take steps to protect yourself, or you may be told to leave the area immediately. Being informed about your options is critical to being prepared.
If you are able to stay in your home:
Officials may call for evacuation in specific areas at greatest risk. If you have to evacuate the area:
Be Prepared to evacuate if:
All-hazards planning means being prepared for any kind of disaster that might strike your community. Common threats include natural hazards like storms and severe weather, human-caused hazards like civil disorders or terrorism and technical hazards like and industrial or transportation incident.
While technical and human-caused hazards are fairly unpredictable, Prince William County experiences severe weather events every year. Winter storms, flash floods and summer thunderstorms are common occurrences. Learn more by exploring the "Natural Disasters" and "Man Made Disasters" sections to the left.
Look around your community. Are you near an interstate or railroad crossing where a hazardous material spill could happen? Does your home flood every time it rains? Do you live near a dam? Take time to learn about the kinds of hazards you might face and take the necessary actions to protect yourself, your family, and your property.