City of Virginia Beach Monitoring Hurricane Irene

Irene #001

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The City of Virginia Beach, through its Office of Emergency Management, is currently monitoring Hurricane Irene as it makes its way up the east coast.  City leadership is engaged and tracking the storm’s progress.

This weather system could bring heavy rain, possible flooding and gale force winds to Virginia Beach and Southside Hampton Roads later this weekend.  Because the system is still five days away from reaching the area, these landfall projections are not definite

To help residents prepare for Irene or any tropical storm, the city strongly encourages residents to take simple steps now.    

  1. Know safety tips and build an emergency supply kit. Include drinking water, a first-aid kit, canned food, a radio, flashlight and blankets. Visit www.Ready.gov for a disaster supply checklist or www.weather.gov/floodsafety for flood safety tips and information from the National Weather Service.
  2. Have a family emergency plan in place. Plan and practice flood evacuation routes from home, work and school that are on higher ground.
  3. Remove and secure objects from outside your home and business that may become projectiles during high winds.
  4. Be informed. Learn more about flood risks and steps you can take to prepare. Look for emergency preparedness information on www.VBgov.com/beprepared.

Once we re under a hurricane warning, the city encourages all individuals in the region to listen to NOAA Weather Radio and its local news to monitor for severe weather updates and directions provided by local officials.

For up-to-date storm information, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CityofVaBeach and Twitter http://twitter.com/cityofvabeach.

 

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