City Orders Immediate Mandatory Evacuation of Knotts Island

Irene #020 – 1:15 p.m.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The City of Virginia Beach has ordered the immediate mandatory evacuation of Knotts Island, which must be completed by 6 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.  This mandatory evacuation is in concert with the mandatory evacuation of Knotts Island by North Carolina authorities.


Residents and visitors are strongly urged to depart Knotts Island by 6 a.m. Saturday to await the storm’s passing.  This neighborhood is subject to storm surge, large waves and hurricane-force winds.


People evacuating should stay with friends or relatives out of the low-lying areas or go to a city shelter. Evacuation should be completed by noon Saturday.  Evacuees leaving the city should monitor weather reports, leave as soon as possible to avoid heavy traffic, and travel well beyond the projected path of the hurricane.  If you are going to evacuate out of the area, leave now to avoid the heavier traffic delays expected later. 


Five city shelters will be open during the storm. Three will open at 6 p.m. Friday:


1.  Landstown High School - 2001 Concert Drive – General Shelter

2.  Salem High School - 1993 SunDevil Drive – Medically Friendly Shelter

3.  Birdneck Elementary School – 957 S. Birdneck Road - General Shelter


Two city shelters will open at 6 a.m. Saturday:


1.  The Virginia Beach Field House, 2157 Landstown Road - General Shelter

2.  Cox High School, 2425 Shorehaven Drive - General Shelter.

The public shelters are available to anyone in the City of Virginia Beach who feels they would be safer in a shelter than in their home or campground. Pets are not permitted in public shelters.   


Citizens should bring with them to the shelter enough emergency supplies for 3 days including:

  • Bottled Water
  • Canned or packaged foods
  • Manual Can Opener, Cooler
  • Paper plates, utensils, cups etc.
  • Portable flashlight, batteries
  • Battery powered radio, TV
  • Sanitation supplies
  • Folding chairs, etc.
  • Change of clothing/footwear
  • Blanket, sleeping bag, pillow
  • Quiet games, toys, books, cards
  • First aid kit: include medications
  • Infant, elderly, disabled items
  • Extra glasses or contacts
  • ID, car keys, credit card, cash

Citizens are responsible for their belongings. Valuables should be locked in your car, or kept with you at all times. The shelter is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.

Medically Friendly Salem High School has the capacity to support a small number of persons that have basic medical needs.  The school also has expanded generator capacity to support electrically dependent needs.  There will be nurses available for medical monitoring only. If you have advanced medical needs (ventilator dependent, complex medical conditions, bedridden, etc.), this is not the place for you to shelter. Please consult with your local physician for recommendations on evacuating and sheltering in place.

There will be nurses that will be interviewing clients as they arrive so that the shelters do not exceed their capabilities of care. There are minimal supplies available and no medications available, so citizens that do decide to check in should bring all necessary medications and supplies.

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For the most up-to-date information regarding Hurricane Irene citizens are urged to stay tuned to local television and radio stations as well as the outlets listed below:

  • City’s VBTV Channels: Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 & 47 will display emergency information including our City operational status and facilities closure notices
  • Television Channels: WTKR 3, WAVY 10 and WVEC 13
  • Local radio stations
  • Social Media Sites:
  • Citizen Services: 311 (landlines within City limits) or 385-3111; provides the City’s current operating condition status and facilities closure notices; please do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.

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