City of Virginia Beach Monitoring Hurricane Dorian

Local Emergency Declared in Virginia Beach

Thursday, September 05, 2019

​The City of Virginia Beach is preparing for the worst conditions as Hurricane Dorian approaches. Deputy City Manager Steve Cover has declared a local state of emergency and the Emergency Operations Center will be activated at 6 p.m. today.

Due to the expected impacts of Hurricane Dorian, all City of Virginia Beach offices and facilities (including recreation centers, parks, libraries and the aquarium) will be closed Friday, Sept. 6. The City will be under Essential Operating Conditions as of 12:01 a.m. Friday. We plan to return to Normal Operating Conditions at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

Operating Status:

  • All City Offices and Facilities will be closed on Friday, Sept. 6.
  • All Virginia Beach Courts and Clerk's Offices will be closed on Friday, Sept. 6.


  • Mandatory evacuation order for residents of Sandbridge starting at 6 p.m. today.

  • Voluntary evacuation of residents in Evacuation Zone A starting at 6 p.m. today. To learn what evacuation zone you are in visit

Waste Management:

Friday's collection is suspended. Friday's collection service will occur on Saturday, Sept. 7.

Free Sand:

The City delivered sand today to the back gravel parking lot of the Virginia Beach Sportsplex, 2044 Landstown Centre Way, where there is a limited number of shovels and containers made available by the City. Residents are strongly encouraged to bring their own shovel and bags/containers, and will be allowed to fill bags for personal use only; no truck or bulk pick-up. For questions or additional information, contact Drew Lankford with Public Works at (757) 409-4353, or

Emergency Shelter:

  • Kellam High School, 2665 West Neck Road, will open at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.
    • Citizens who are seeking shelter at Kellam CAN shelter their pets as well.
  • Edward E. Brickell Academy for Advanced Academics and Arts, 4639 Honeygrove Road, will open at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.
    • Pets are NOT allowed at this shelter (except assistance dogs).

The Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center, 341 S. Birdneck Road, can assist people who need shelter arrangements for pets.

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. This is a general shelter and not the medically friendly shelter. The general shelter will provide electrical power, water and shelter from the elements for the duration of the storm. Medical care, sleeping, comfort and personal care items are not available at this general shelter.  

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

For citizens bringing their pets to the shelters indicated above, please ensure food and medications are provided for each animal. Other essential pet supplies include rabies certificate or tag, a picture of the animal (preferably with the owner), and a collar/leash.


The Housing Resource Center, 104 N. Witchduck Road, will offer overnight shelter beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, for up to 40 single adults experiencing street homelessness. The purpose of providing shelter at the Housing Resource Center is to supplement the capabilities of the City's main shelter by providing additional space and services that may be needed by people experiencing homelessness. Shelter at the Housing Resource Center will end Saturday morning. For more information, contact Pam Shine, (757) 274-1739, or Ruth Hill, (757) 274-2154.

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.

Parking Garages Open for Free for Virginia Beach Residents:

Emergency off-street parking will be available in Oceanfront and Town Center garages from 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5 through noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, depending upon weather conditions. Virginia Beach citizens with proof of residence may park their vehicles for FREE at the municipal garages at 9th and 31st streets in the Resort Area. Exit time will be Saturday at noon or charges will begin. Based on weather conditions, the City may extend the exit date and times. Oceanfront parking is limited to 9th and 31st street parking garages only. Residents will be required to show a driver's license or a recent utility bill with their name and a Virginia Beach address as proof of residency for the free emergency parking.

Citizens may also park their vehicles at three Town Center garages:

  • Maroon Garage (Dick's Sporting Goods) – 4621 Columbus Street
  • Red Garage (Westin Hotel) – 4535 Commerce Street
  • Green Garage (Armada-Hoffler Tower) – 222 Central Park Ave

No parking is available in the 24-hour reserved spaces, which are leased by residents. Towing will be enforced. Be advised that if the garages lose power, the lighting and elevators will be inoperable.

All surface parking lots at the Oceanfront owned by the city will be closed tonight (Thursday). They will reopen on Saturday or after the storm passes whichever is later.

  • 19th (N) – 300 19th Street
  • 19th (S) – 301 19th Street
  • 4th – 306 4th Street
  • Rudee Loop – 104 Atlantic Avenue
  • 2nd – 145 Atlantic Avenue
  • Croatan – 920 Vanderbilt Avenue

Parks and Recreation:

Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and city parks will be closed on Friday, Sept. 6. All activities scheduled at those locations, including early childhood childcare programs, are cancelled. Recreation centers and after school programs on Thursday, Sept. 5, will operate as normal.


Contact Dominion Energy to report power outages at 1-866-366-4357. Do not operate portable generators, grills (gas or charcoal) inside your home or garage. Treat all downed power lines as live.

Following the storm, we will communicate unmet needs and additional ways people can help.

Please share your storm pictures with us at

Get the 4-1-1:

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 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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