Virginia Beach Declares State of Emergency

Irene #013 – 8 a.m.

Friday, August 26, 2011

At 8 a.m. today, City Manager James K. Spore issued a declaration of local emergency for the City of Virginia Beach, because of the approach of Hurricane Irene. 


If the storm continues as forecast, Virginia Beach can expect hurricane force winds, causing coastal flooding and the very real possibility of tornadoes and power outages, and the loss or interruption of vital city services. Residents can also anticipate potential wind damage, downed trees and localized flooding in flood-prone areas.  Residents should be prepared.


Residents are urged to be informed of current weather conditions and stay tuned to local television and radio stations including the City’s VBTV channels, which will display emergency information including City operational status and facilities closure notices:

  • Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 & 47.

Emergency preparedness information is available on the city’s website at:  For up-to-date storm information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or call VB311 Citizen Services by dialing 311 on landlines within the city limits, (757) 385-3111 by cell phone, or visit for online assistance. 


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