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
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
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.