City of Virginia Beach Monitoring Hurricane Joaquin

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The City of Virginia Beach, through its Office of Emergency Management, is monitoring Hurricane Joaquin as it makes its way up the east coast. “While the track of the hurricane is still uncertain, we must first deal with the low-pressure system from the north that’s bringing us heavy rains and wind for several days prior to Joaquin,” said Deputy City Manager Dave Hansen. “Crews are cleaning storm drains and securing tables, garbage cans and beach furniture so they don’t become flying objects that can hurt people or damage property.”

The impending weather system could also bring big waves and increased possibility of flooding to Virginia Beach later this weekend.  To help residents prepare for Joaquin, residents should take simple steps now:

  1. Know safety tips and build an emergency supply kit. Include drinking water, a first-aid kit, non-perishable food, a radio, flashlight and batteries, phone charger, blankets. Visit for a disaster supply checklist or 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

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.

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