Emergency Information for Residents
The Emergency Management Department coordinates with Forsyth County to plan for floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, winter storms, chemical spills, terrorist events, and other significant events or disasters.
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management
In an emergency, you will want to contact friends and family. Here are some tips:
- Have important phone numbers programmed to your cell phone.
- Conserve cell phone battery power by adjusting the brightness settings and closing apps that you are not using.
- If you can message your friends and family on facebook, twitter, etc., do that rather than using phone. Limit use of phone lines/bandwidth so that emergency calls can go through.
- Call 911 ONLY if you are in a life-threatening/emergency situation.
- Keep your cell phone and camera batteries charged; have a car charger available, have a supply of regular batteries on hand.
- Have a plan for who to contact, where to meet, etc.
Check the Ready web site for more tips and suggestions.
FOR CURRENT, LOCAL EMERGENCY INFORMATION, GO TO READY FORSYTH.ORG
Hurricane information from FEMA
Ready Forsyth emergency information
Call 911 if you have an emergency.
The Public Safety Center Communications Office is 773-7700.
In the event of a disaster of any sort, emergency public information will be disseminated in several ways. They include:
- the Emergency Alert System
- local news and radio stations
- the NOAA Weather Radio, and
- Reverse 911.
Citizen preparedness is essential for the successful response to and recovery from any disaster. To ensure that the citizens of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County are prepared to sustain themselves and their families during a disaster, the Office of Emergency Management offers ongoing FREE training opportunities for the general public. Free Classes Listing.
Ready North Carolina - Emergency information
Hurricane preparedness information from ReadyNC
Tornado preparedness information from ReadyNC
There is also a video on the ReadyNC web site about preparedness
Haga un Plan Prepare un Paquete Involúcrese: ListoNC.org
What to do after an earthquake - from FEMA