The Surry County Office of Emergency Services provides management, coordination, training, and response to small or large emergencies that impact the citizens of the County. During emergencies, the Office of Emergency Services plans, implements and coordinates a response as outlined in the County Emergency Operations Plan.
Surry County is unique, as staff must plan and prepare for emergencies at the Surry Nuclear Power Station under the Radiological Emergency Response Plan. Assistance with emergencies is provided by the three volunteer fire departments in the County: Surry, Dendron and Claremont Volunteer Fire Departments, the Surry Rescue Squad in addition to the Sheriff's Department, Social Services and other agencies as needed.
The budget for the Department of Emergency Services is a small part of the entire emergency operations for the County. This budget includes funding for the coordinator's salary, administrative support and certain operating expenses. Additions to the budget occur upon receipt of grants from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) or the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and more recently, the Department of Homeland Security. Costs associated with disasters are channeled through this department to track expenditures and reimbursements.
The Parks and Recreation Director serves as the deputy coordinator of Emergency Services. A member of the Board of Supervisors serves as the Director. The County Administrator and the Coordinator serve as the liaisons between the County and the State Department of Emergency.
It is the mission of the Department of Emergency Services to be prepared to provide the citizens of Surry County, and its visitors, with a comprehensive and cohesive coordinated system of volunteer and professional resources to protect lives and property during unforeseen, man-made and natural disasters.