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The Great ShakeOut in happening October 15th!

Do you know what to do during an earthquake? You may remember the 5.8 magnitude earthquake from 2011, but there have been many earthquakes in Virginia before then and there will continue to be more in the future. Click here to find out how to prepare for earthquakes. Practice your earthquake drill on October 15th with the rest of the world and make sure you register at

Do you know what hazards are common in Prince William?

High Winds  I  Tornadoes  Flooding   l  Thunderstorms and Lightning  Hurricanes

Earthquakes | Extreme Heat | Winter Storms | Hazardous Materials

Flooding is the most common hazard in PWC; just 1 inch of water inside your home can cause $25,000 in damage!  Flooding is not typically covered by homeowners or renters insurance, but Flood Insurance can cover your home and the things inside it.  To learn more, talk with your insurance agent or visit

It's an active Hurricane Season; are you ready?

The climatological peak of Hurricane Season is September 10th, and the season lasts until November 30th.  The effects of a tropical storm or hurricane can be felt hundreds of miles inland; are you ready?

Do you have a hurricane plan for your home? Go here for help on how to make a plan for tropical storms and hurricanes.

Severe weather and flooding can happen with little warning!  You can sign up for PWC Alerts to receive FREE weather alerts by phone, text message, email, and more!

For the latest updates, including active watches or warnings, visit the PWC Emergency Information Page.



  • Flooding is the most common hazard affecting the County.
  • Across the country, more deaths occur from flooding than any other severe weather.
  • Most home and renters insurance does not cover flooding! Just 1 inch of flooding can cause $25,000 in damages to your home.
  • Do you live in or near a floodplain? Find out by visiting our interactive floodplain / storm surge lookup tool. 
  • To find out more about your flood risk and how to be prepared before, during and after go to our Flooding page.  

PWC is now a CRS Class 7 Community!

Prince William County is now rated Class 7 in the Community Rating System (CRS), which means that property owners who purchase flood insurance will receive up to15% off their flood insurance premiums! That is an average of $320 worth of saving per year! The CRS is a voluntary program that the County participates in to promote flood safety and reduce flood insurance costs to County residents.

Novel Coronavirus 2019 Disease (COVID-19)

Do you have questions about the Novel Coronavirus?  Please visit for updates on County operations.


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