215 East Main Street
Bedford, VA 24523
F. Todd Foreman
The Town of Bedford's office of Emergency Management is responsible for local disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The Code of Virginia requires each locality to have a director of emergency management and may appoint a coordinator of emergency management. The Town maintains a local emergency operations plan and is required to regularly hold exercises to test the plan.
Community Warning System:
A community warning system is being developed by the Town. It currently consists of a cable television over-ride system, one permanent mount emergency warning siren (located downtown) and tone alert radios that can be purchased by businesses and citizens. All schools located within the Town have been provided tone alert radios. Future plans call for installations of three additional emergency warning sirens around the Town.
The Community Warning System will be activated upon the identification of an emergency. Upon activation of the system, the following procedure is recommended: When a potential danger is identified the E-911 Center will activate the warning system. The siren will sound a high and low tone for three minutes. People are encouraged to seek shelter and tune to a local media outlet for instructions. The all clear alert, a constant tone, will sound for three minutes once the danger has passed.
All communities are subject to natural and manmade disasters and should take steps to identify and plan for those incidents that are most likely to occur. In the past, the main threats to the Town of Bedford have been weather related. It is recommended that citizens prepare family and/or business disaster plans based on the identified threats. In addition, they should keep enough supplies to last at least three days. When preparing, citizens need to realized that government services are often interrupted during major disasters. As a result, they should be prepared to survive without these services for a minimum of three days.
While actual occurrences are rare, the main hazards identified as possible threats to the Town are:
For those concerned about our local or state response to an influenza pandemic or so-called "bird flu", please click HERE to see a 15-minute video from the Virginia Department of Health on this subject.
Family Disaster Planning:
Information relating to family disaster planning can be obtained from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Brochures that will help families to develop disaster plans are available from the Bedford Police Department. It is recommended that families prepare disaster kits which include the following supplies:
Click HERE to see a short film about family preparedness from FEMA. (Windows Media Player format)
Public information regarding homeland security and terrorism may be found on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security web site.
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
The Local Emergency Planning Committee is responsible for updating the Town's Emergency Operations Plan. The committee, composed of representatives from public and private sectors of the community, meet regularly to review the capabilities of the Town to respond to local emergencies. It is also responsible for sharing information regarding available resources including equipment, technical advice, training an other resources that may be available within the community to assist the various public and private entities in planning, responding and preventing emergency incidents. If your company or entity is interested in becoming a member of the Local Emergency Planning Committee please call 540-587-6011.