City of Virginia Beach Preparing for Hurricane Florence

Monday, September 10, 2018

​The City of Virginia Beach, through its Office of Emergency Management and the National Weather Service/Wakefield, is preparing for the worst conditions surrounding Hurricane Florence. While the exact path of the storm is still shifting, the models indicate our area could receive as much as 15-20 inches of rain along with sustained hurricane-force winds.

City departments are making storm preparations, including checking storm drains and pump stations, inspecting and securing equipment, and servicing generators and chain saws. The City has received reports that the recent heavy bursts of rain have caused isolated street flooding and that yard debris bags and even timber are blocking storm drain inlets in some places. The City has more than 40,000 storm drains. Please Adopt A Drain in your neighborhood to make sure all visible impediments are removed. If the water doesn't drain after the rain subsides, report street flooding and drains that require maintenance by calling (757) 385‐1470 or 311 or make a service request online at www.vbgov.com/service-requests or through the VB Works app, available for iPhone and Android.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has ordered an evacuation of residents in areas throughout Hampton Roads designated as Zone A (see map) beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11. City Manager Dave Hansen has encouraged those who live in Zone A the Southern part of the City, including Sandbridge, Back Bay and Blackwater, to consider relocating in advance of the storm as the storm track appears to pose the most significant threat to this part of our city. For residents who plan on leaving the area and traveling significantly inland, the Governor's schedule attempts to spread out traffic and minimize gridlock. For residents who plan to stay locally, the City of Virginia Beach will be opening shelters starting at 8 a.m. Thursday morning at the following locations:

  • Kellam High School (2665 W Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456)
  • Corporate Landing Middle School (1597 Corporate Landing Pkwy, Virginia Beach, VA 23454)
  • Old Donation School (4633 Honeygrove Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23455)
  • Fieldhouse (medically friendly shelter) – (2020 Landstown Centre Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23456)

The following shelters will be opened Friday morning:

  • Landstown High School (2001 Concert Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23456)
  • Green Run High School (1700 Dahlia Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23453)
  • Tallwood High School (1668 Kempsville Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464)

Individuals who plan on relocating to a shelter should bring enough supplies to last at least three days for each family member. Please visit www.vbgov.com/residents/emergency-preparedness/Pages/Emergency%20Shelters.aspx for rules, a list of what supplies to bring and items that are prohibited in shelters.

Additional Information for Residents:

  1. Do not block storm drains or inlets with yard debris bags or any other objects. We have even seen timber blocking drains. Per City Code, only put yard debris bags out for collection on your scheduled pickup day and make sure bags are out of the water line.  

  2. Remove and secure objects outside your home and business that may become projectiles during high winds, like lawn furniture and potted plants.
  3. Sign up for VBAlert at www.vbgov.com/VBAlert to get emergency alerts from the City of Virginia Beach via text message and/or email.
  4. Visit www.Ready.gov for a good list of supplies to have on hand, including drinking water, a first-aid kit, non-perishable food, a radio, flashlight and batteries, phone charger and blankets.
  5. Know Your Zone. Citizens should make necessary preparations now should evacuation become necessary, starting with Knowing Your Zone—the state's system for identifying areas in which homes and businesses are located. The state maintains the website, www.KnowYourZoneVA.org​, which allows people to type in their addresses to find their designated zones. Resources are also available on the website to learn more about the program, what to plan for and expect in the event of an evacuation, and how to ensure you are ready once you receive evacuation instructions. The site has had heavy traffic so if it is not available when someone first tries it, try again. We are providing this map to show general zone areas for reference. 
  6. Have a family emergency plan in place. Plan evacuation routes from home, work and school and how you will be in touch with members of your family.
  7. Parking Garages Available. Starting Wednesday night, the municipal garages in Town Center and in the resort area (9th, and 31st streets) will be open for residents in low-lying areas to park vehicles during the storm free of charge.
  8. Be informed. Learn more about steps you can take now to prepare for an emergency. Look for emergency preparedness information at https://www.ready.gov/severe-weather and www.VBgov.com/beprepared.
  9. Roads Status. The City of Virginia Beach is working with WAZE (app is available for Android and iPhone) to document and report road conditions. Residents can report flooding or other hazardous road conditions directly on the app or by calling 311.
  10. Cancellations and Service Changes. Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11, the City will maintain on VBGov.com a list of event cancellations, closings, service changes and other announcements related to the storm.
  11. Get The Latest. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio and monitor local news for severe weather updates and directions provided by local officials. For the most up-to-date information from the City of Virginia Beach, tune to local television and radio stations and the outlets listed below:
  • VBgov.com
  • 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 is available 24 hours a day for questions and reporting non-emergency conditions.  Please only call or text 911 in a life-threatening emergency.

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