Monday, March 25, 2019

DPTMS - Plans and Operations Division
Emergency Management (EM)

Fort A.P. Hill Hazard Awareness and Emergency Preparedness Program

Fort A.P. Hill, located in the Central Virginia, can experience natural disasters, including floods, landslides, severe weather storms, wild land fires, earthquakes and micro-bursts. Our region also faces possible disruptions to the transportation and utility systems--trains and planes--hazardous material spills, criminal and terrorist incidents and the spread of contagious disease.

To maintain readiness and ensure the well-being of our Soldiers, Airmen, Civilians, Retirees, and their families, we need to be prepared to respond to emergencies. Disasters can strike quickly and without warning. What would you do if basic services such as food, water, gas, electricity, medical care and telephones were cut off?

Emergency Preparedness means being prepared for all kinds of emergencies; being able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property and helps your community return to normal life after a disaster.

Hazard Awareness

Winter Weather

Emergency Preparedness

2015 Hurricane Preparedness Week Tool Kit

Flood Safety Information

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Fort A.P. Hill consists of approximately 1,970 acres of designated 100-year floodplain area for the Rappahannock (noted on FEMA maps as Zone A or AE). These areas also include reaches of Ware, Mount, Goldenvale, Mill and Portobago Creeks. None of these floodplain areas pose a risk to inhabited areas on the installation. The remaining areas on the installation are noted as being in Zone X, meaning 0.2% annual chance of flood.

However, flooding is the nation's most common natural disaster, but not all floods are alike. Some can develop slowly during an extended period of rain, or in a warming trend following a heavy snow. Others, such as flash floods, can occur quickly, even without any visible signs of rain. Be prepared for flooding no matter where you train, work or live, but particularly if you are in a low-lying area, or near water. Even a very small stream or dry creek bed can overflow and create flooding.

Prepare for flooding by elevating the furnace, water heater, and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk. Consider installing "check valves" to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home. Unplug electrical appliances, moving them to higher levels, if possible. However, do not touch an electric appliance/equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds. Property insurance does not typically cover flood damage. Talk to your insurance provider about your policy and consider if you need additional coverage.

If time allows, bring in outside furniture and move your valuables to higher places in your home. Be prepared to evacuate. Do not return to your home until local authorities say it is safe. Even after flood waters recede, roads could be weakened and could collapse. Buildings might be unstable, and drinking water might be contaminated. Use common sense and exercise caution.

Familiarize yourself with the terms that are used to identify a flood hazard. Flood Watch or Flash Flood Watch: there is an increased possibility of flooding or a flash flood in your area.

Flood Warning: flooding is occurring or will likely occur very soon. If you are advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Flash Flood Warning: flash flooding is occurring. Seek higher ground immediately; do not wait for instructions.

Use common sense and available information. If water is rising quickly or you see a moving wall of mud or debris, immediately move to higher ground. Do not walk through moving water, if possible. Look for areas where the water is not moving. What might seem like a small amount of moving water can easily knock you down.

Do not drive into flooded areas. If your vehicle becomes surrounded by rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground, if possible. Flood water might cut off access to roads. Be prepared to stay where you are until floodwaters recede.

Finally, know the road conditions before you hit the highways. Visit or dial 511 from any phone for real-time traffic information and road condition reports. Or visit for the latest road reports or listing of closed roads during a major flooding event.

Stay informed by listening to weather-alert radios to stay informed of flood watches and warnings. Also monitor commercial radio, television and the Internet. Keep in mind that after a flood, it could be hours, or even days, before emergency personnel are able to reach you.

Remember, you don't have to live in a high risk area to be at risk for floods. Find out more at and

Emergency Warning and Notification on FAPH

Emergency Warning and Notification on Fort A.P. Hill Under certain situations there may be a need to release timely and accurate information to the installation concerning emergency preparedness, response and recovery in a cooperative approach with the media. Information will be disseminated or available through a variety of media.

Monitor the following during emergency situations for the most current information:

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Operational Status Hotline: (804) 633-8600

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