While the day-to-day activities of fire and rescue are handled by the volunteer departments, the County does maintain an emergency management structure in the event of a major emergency, whether natural or man-made.

The Emergency Management Coordinator's main duty is to access the necessary state resources that might be required in a major emergency. The Coordinator, in conjunction with the Department of Social Services and the County School System, also opens a shelter when residents are forced from their homes. The County's emergency shelter is located at the Prince Edward County Middle School, 1603 Zion Hill Road.

The County encourages all residents to prepare for emergencies by developing a plan for their own household. Excellent tips can be obtained by accessing Ready Virginia on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website.

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