City of Virginia Beach Preparing for Hurricane Isaias

Friday, July 31, 2020

​The City of Virginia Beach, through its Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the National Weather Service/Wakefield (NWS), is monitoring a weather system that could bring heavy rain, rough surf, possible tidal flooding and hurricane force winds to Virginia Beach, especially along the Chesapeake Bay and throughout Southside Hampton Roads.

OEM is closely monitoring the storm, coordinating with the state and our regional partners and working with City leadership today and through the weekend to continually reassess the City's response to the storm and take necessary actions. Daily conference calls with the state and NWS began on July 30.

The City is fully engaged, and continually monitoring and creating briefs. The City has been working diligently the last few months on evacuation and shelter planning in the COVID environment should the need arise for either of those two scenarios.

City departments are making appropriate storm preparations to include checking storm drains and pump stations, inspecting and securing equipment, removing banners and flags at the Oceanfront, checking chainsaws, storm-related equipment and vehicles for preparedness, and reviewing staffing to support emergency conditions.

The Virginia Beach Public Works Department has installed new "flip" warning signs in rural areas indicating ROADWAY SUBJECT TO FLOODING. Once water begins to rise onto the roads, the sign panels can be flipped to indicate HIGH WATER, ROAD CLOSED. The City will monitor roadway conditions and determine if barricades are warranted. Barricades typically remain in place for several days, or until the water has receded below the guidelines.

Virginia Beach Public Utilities is monitoring the storm's progress, testing generators and securing their sites. The Operations Division is deploying bypass pumps and portable generators to support potential power outages, and the Engineering Division is securing all its construction sites and preparing to conduct post-storm damage assessment.

Residents and City staff can take a number of simple steps to prepare themselves, including:

  1. Remove and secure objects outside your home and business that may become projectiles during high winds. 
  2. Sign up for VBAlert to get emergency alerts from the City of Virginia Beach via text message and/or email.
  3. 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.
  4. Have a family emergency plan in place. Plan and practice evacuation routes from home, work and school that are on higher ground.
  5. 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.

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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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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