Stay Safe After Hurricane Irene Passes

Irene #044 – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The City of Virginia Beach urges residents to take these safety precautions tomorrow, after Hurricane Irene has passed:

  • Stay tuned to local news media for updates and public information.
  • Do not enter areas that are blocked by law enforcement.
  • Use extreme caution when entering damaged structures.
  • Do not drive through flooded streets or standing water.
  • Be on the lookout for downed trees and power lines as you drive.
  • Stay away from fallen or damaged electrical wires.
  • Do not use generators indoors or in garages
  • Check for leaking gas pipes in your home by smell. Do not light matches or candles. If there is a gas smell, open windows and doors, turn off the main gas valve, leave the house immediately and notify the gas company.
  • If electrical appliances are wet, first turn off the house power switch, unplug the wet appliance and let it dry out before reconnecting it.
  • Check food and water supplies for freshness before consuming.
  • Stay away from disaster areas and do not interfere with local rescue operations.
  • Check on your neighbors and call 911 for medical emergencies.

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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