Emergency Services

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Immediate Emergency Services:

In the event of an emergency, always dial 911


Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Information:

The Mathews County Emergency Services office handles and coordinates all responses in the event of a natural disaster and or terrorist threat. The Emergency Services Coordinator attends many training meetings throughout the year in an effort to better prepare for proper response. This office does not hold normal business hours, instead it is an as-needed service and is always on-call. In the event of an emergency, the emergency operations center would be located in the Sheriff's office at Libert Square.

We would like to assure you that in the event of an emergency, our County officials are working hard for the safety and well-being of our citizens. For local information such as weather related closings, delays, warnings, watches, evacuations, etc., please tune to your local television stations or listen to your radio. The Mathews County Public Schools and the Mathews County Government offices will relay this information to the media as early in the morning as possible.

Below is a list of links to outside agencies that in the event of a man-made or natural disaster, you will be able to find information you need on how to prepare for or survive an event.  

If you are not already registered with CodeRED, we recommend that you do so as soon as possible to receive emergency warnings via your home phone, cell phone and email.  It's easy and only takes a few minutes. To get started, click on the CodeRED icon below or call 804-725-7172 for assistance.



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On June 1, 2017, the Commonwealth of Virginia unveiled new hurricane evacuation zones for coastal Virginia designed to enhance current evacuation plans, boost public safety, and improve travel efficiency in the event of hurricanes or other disasters.  


The zones allow emergency managers to communicate with citizens who are most at risk as a storm approaches.   Don’t wait until it’s too late: #KnowYourZoneVA today.



Ready Virginia Mobile app offers easy emergency alerts

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management  created the Ready Virginia app to make it easier than ever to be prepared for emergencies.  The free app for iPhone® and Android™ devices provides robust emergency planning and instant notification of weather hazards.