- Emergency Preparedness
- Inclement Weather Information
Inclement Weather Information
When under the threat of serious weather, the Town of Christiansburg will use this page to update residents and visitors with preparedness information, shelter availability and impacts to Town services. In addition to this page, we will post information via Notify Me, Citizens Alert, on Facebook and on Twitter.
- Sign up for Citizens Alert to receive automatic weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency communications from the Town.
- Sign up for Notify Me (specifically "Home - News & Announcements") to stay informed on program cancellations and impacts to Town services.
- Tune in to local news and radio stations for updated forecasts.
- For Montgomery County Public School closings, sign up at http://forms.mcps.org/delayclosing.asp.
Before and during winter weather:
- Please do not park on the street, if possible, when snow is in the forecast so that roads remain clear and open for plows.
- Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
- Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water, and non-perishable snacks. Keep the gas tank full.
- Stay off roads. If trapped in your car, stay inside.
- Stay indoors and dress warmly.
- Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Only use generators and grills outdoors and away from windows. Never heat your home with a gas stovetop or oven.
- Listen for emergency information and alerts.
- Look for signs of hypothermia and frostbite.
- Check on neighbors.
Learn about how Christiansburg Public Works operates during winter weather and how crews clear the 445 roads in Town.
If you lose power, please contact your power company:
- Appalachian Power: 1-800-956-4237
- View a current outage map and report outages online
Water/Sewer Service Interruptions
If your water or sewer service is interrupted or you need to report a water line break or sewer issue, please contact Public Works. From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday-Friday, you can contact Public Works at (540) 382-1151. On the weekends or after hours, please call the regional, non-emergency dispatch number at (540) 382-4343, and dispatchers will inform our on-call crews.
Our Public Works crews need to know about the following issues when you see them:
- Streets blocked by debris
- Trees down within the right-of-way
- Drainage inlets blocked
- Traffic signal issues
From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday-Friday, you can contact Public Works at (540) 382-1151. On the weekends or after hours, please call the regional, non-emergency dispatch number at (540) 382-4343, and dispatchers will inform our on-call crews.
Hurricane and Flood Preparedness
- Elevate critical utilities, such as electrical panels, switches, sockets, wiring, appliances and heating systems.
- Waterproof basements and make sure your sump pump is working. Install a battery-operated backup in case of a power failure.
- Clear debris from gutters and downspouts. Remove anything that could block the flow of water in roadside ditches, including leaves, grass clippings, lawn debris or trash.
- Anchor any fuel tanks.
- Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place.
- If you know your home or business floods during heavy rains, consider installing a row of sandbags, at least two feet high, around all home and business entrances.
- Park your vehicle on higher ground.
- Secure any outdoor objects that could become airborne during strong hurricane winds, including patio umbrellas, lawn furniture, flower pots, children’s toys, etc.
Gather items for an emergency kit
- 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
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
- Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
- Manual can opener for food
- Local maps
- Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery