VDOT and Emergency Response
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is a public safety agency. We respond to various emergencies on the roads to keep the public safe and to keep Virginia moving.
It is critically important to be ready in case of bad weather, natural disaster or other emergency situation. For more on what you and your family or business can do to prepare, visit ReadyVirginia.gov.
VDOT released its long-term action plan to improve emergency response and to refocus on its critical emergency response mission.
The plan outlines 13 action steps detailing VDOT’s commitment to focus on its vital role as an emergency response agency.
Here's how VDOT keeps the commonwealth's transportation system operating, and how you can stay safe and be prepared:
Hurricanes and Floods
- Hurricane evacuation preparation
- 2008 Interstate 64 lane-reversal drill (2.5 MB, 1:32)
- Repairing roads after floods (3.5 MB, 1:03), transcript (PDF, 95 KB)
- Driving in the rain (2 MB, :54), transcript (PDF, 95 KB)
- All about hurricane evacuation
- VDOT's hurricane evacuation guide: English (PDF, 2.1 MB) , Español (PDF, 3.8 MB)
Snow and Ice
- How VDOT clears snow (3 MB, 1:41), transcript (PDF, 96 KB)
- How VDOT deals with ice (3.7 MB, 1:12), transcript (PDF, 96 KB)
- Clearing roads in 48 hours (1 MB, :30)
- Interstates and primary roads first (1 MB, :30)
- Keeping Virginia moving (1.75 MB, :60), transcripts (PDF, 10 KB)
- Driving in snow (2.5 MB, :54), transcript (PDF, 95 KB)
- Driving on ice (3.6 MB, 1:08), transcript (PDF, 95 KB)
- The Pothole Killer (3.3 MB, :60), transcript (PDF, 87 KB)
- How to get a pothole fixed (5 MB, 1:40), transcript (PDF, 87 KB)
- Pothole FAQs
- Report a pothole or other road problem
Help on the Highways
- Safety Service Patrol (2.3 MB, 1:01), transcript (PDF, 98 KB)
- Incident response (3.6 MB, 1:01), transcript (PDF, 100 KB)
- Safety Service Patrol
- Traffic Operations Centers
- In an accident? Move it!
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For information about how to prepare for all types of emergencies, visit ReadyVirginia.gov.