City Announces Updates on Shelters

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

"We are breathing a sigh of relief," said City Manager Dave Hansen after learning that the path of Hurricane Florence has shifted away from Virginia Beach. He assured residents that Virginia Beach city officials will continue to closely monitor the storm, and he urges citizens to stay informed. "We will remain vigilant in case the storm changes its track," Hansen said.

Shelters for People

Kellam High School, 2665 W. Neck Road, will still open as an emergency shelter at 6 p.m. on Wednesday for people who want to relocate in advance of the storm.

Beginning at 8 a.m. on Thursday, a medically friendly shelter will also operate at Kellam High School.

Individuals who plan on relocating to a shelter should bring enough supplies to last at least three days for each family member. Please visit for rules, a list of what supplies to bring and items that are prohibited in shelters.

The following items are prohibited inside the shelter: smoking, alcohol, drugs, other illegal substances, pets (except assistance dogs), loud radios or televisions, matches, lighters and weapons of any kind (guns, knives, chains, etc.).​

There will be no shelter operations at these locations, as originally planned:
  • Corporate Landing Middle School
  • Old Donation School
  • Field House (medically friendly shelter)
  • Landstown High School
  • Green Run High School
  • Tallwood High School

"We will be prepared to reactivate expanded sheltering, if needed," the city manager said.

Shelters for Pets

For Virginia Beach residents who are relocating to a shelter and need boarding for a pet, the City is opening Landstown Elementary School, 2212 Recreation Drive, on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 8 a.m. Employees with the Animal Care and Adoption Center will be staffing this shelter.

  • Available only to Virginia Beach residents who are relocating to an area shelter
  • Residents will be required to show picture ID with proof of address to utilize shelter
  • Intake times: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday 
  • Only dogs and cats will be accepted
    • Owners will be required to sign liability waiver upon entry
    • Cats must arrive in a carrier/enclosure and dogs must be securely on a leash
    • Dog crates and appropriate cat housing will be available on-site or bring your own
    • Bring medications, food, bedding/toys
    • Aggressive animals and those with known medical issues above the capabilities of the emergency shelter will not be accepted. Animals with known contagious diseases will also not be accepted
  • Owners must return to retrieve their pets within 12 hours of the closing of the shelters for humans
  • Call 385-7460 to discuss further details and ensure space availability. Space is limited (200 pets) and will be first come, first served. 

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

  • 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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