Department of Emergency Management Letter – Hurricane Florence

September 11, 2018

To: Citizens of Wythe County

We have been receiving phone calls to our Emergency Communications Center about the upcoming storms. Wythe County would like to address the situation. Hurricane Florence looks from reports to be heading towards the Carolinas and moving inland. The direct path still has time to change and may vary from the predictions. In any case, the Department of Emergency Management urges the citizens of Wythe County to take steps to always be in a state of readiness no matter the situation.


Households should have:

• Water- One gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

• Food- At least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

• Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert

• Extra Medications-your prescription and over the counter for three days

• Flashlight

• First Aid Kit

• Extra Batteries

• Whistle to signal for help

• Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape in case of sheltering-in-place

• Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.

• Wrench or Plier

• Manual can opener for food

• Local Maps

• Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery


Please take notice of the possible dangers that are present and have a plan for the worst. Stay alert through media outlets such as TV and radio for updates. Please visit the Wythe County webpage to sign-up for citizen alerts and like the Wythe County Facebook page to get up to date information. If you have questions please contact the Department of Emergency Management. We pray for the best for all.