City of Virginia Beach Tracking Hurricane Matthew

Monday, October 03, 2016

The City of Virginia Beach, through its Office of Emergency Management, is currently monitoring Hurricane Matthew as it makes its way inland and up the east coast.

While it is still too early to tell the extent to which it will impact our region, this weather system could bring heavy rain, thunderstorms, rough surf, possible flooding and gale force winds to Virginia Beach and Southside Hampton Roads next weekend.

Taking some simple steps now can help residents prepare: 

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.

For the most up-to-date information, stay tuned to local television and radio stations and the outlets listed below:

  • VBTV: Cox Cable 46, 47 & 48 and Verizon Cable 45, 46 & 47 will display emergency information, including our city operational status and facility closures.
  • Social media sites:
  •  Citizen Services: 311 (landlines within city limits) or 385-3111. It provides the city's current operating status and facility closures. Please only call 911 in an emergency.
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