With Hurricane Isaias approaching, we’ll update this post by city as they come in.
The City of Chesapeake is closely monitoring Hurricane Isaias and preparing for any potential impacts it may have on our area. We are prepared to open a virtual Emergency Operations Center over the weekend as needed.
Operationally, the Public Works Department has been checking known choke points throughout the City and clearing blockages in the stormwater system. They will continue to do that as conditions allow.
We ask everyone in Chesapeake to prepare now to be self-sufficient should an evacuation be called and to not rely on public sheltering if at all possible, due to COVID-19 concerns. Residents should check their evacuation zone at KnowYourZoneVA.com and make plans for where they would go, keeping in mind that “evacuation” does not have to mean “leave town”. Ideally, those in Zones A and B in particular would find a friend or family member who lives in a Zone C or D whose home they could evacuate to.
For official information from Chesapeake, residents should follow City of Chesapeake on Facebook, @AboutChesapeake on Twitter, and www.CityofChesapeake.net.
Local and state officials are monitoring the storm Isaias, which was upgraded to a hurricane overnight. There is still variability in the track, and residents are urged to be alert. As of Friday morning, predictions were that it would either hug the East Coast or make landfall in the Carolinas.
Hampton Roads should expect some kind of tropical system – either a tropical storm or low-grade hurricane – to arrive Monday afternoon and into Tuesday. Currently, the National Weather Service says the area could get 3 to 6 inches of rain, and moderate flooding is possible. Tropical force winds are likely along the coast and potentially parts of the Chesapeake Bay.
“Public Works is in full storm mode and we have been preparing for any effects that we may get from the storm,” said Director Jason Mitchell. “Stormwater crews to clear ditches, and will continue working through the weekend to prepare our personnel and systems and will be ready.”
In addition, “the Emergency Management department is closely monitoring the storm and communicating with the city leaders, the state, and other localities in the region,” noted Coordinator Hui-Shan Walker. There is a plan to open the Emergency Operations Center, with key operational departments and other departments coordinating in from other off site-locations. Others will participate virtually so there are fewer people on-site to ensure social distancing.
Residents are reminded to keep an eye on the storm over the weekend. This far out, the track may shift.
The city’s Public Works Department is requesting that residents not place bulk trash or yard waste debris curbside beginning Saturday, August 1st. Bulk trash materials and yard waste placed curbside can cause flooding during heavy rain events and become hazardous in high winds. Normal bulk waste collections will resume following Hurricane Isaias. Contact 311 at email@example.com or 727-8311, or watch here for more information.
Preparedness is Key as Hurricane Isaias Develops
Late Thursday, Tropical Storm Isaias was upgraded to a hurricane. While there’s still a great deal of uncertainty about the track, there’s an increased chance tropical storm force winds and rain will affect our area early next week. Newport News officials are closely monitoring the storm and will keep you informed as forecasts develop.
Please take the time to make sure you, your family and your home are prepared. Download or print the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Hurricane Evacuation Guide for checklists and descriptions of what to do before, during and after a storm. This year’s guide places a special emphasis on preparedness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Stay Informed: We will post updates on our website and social media pages and will send out notifications via NN Alert (sign up now to receive alerts). Citizens can also call our 311 Contact Center at 311 or 757-933-2311.
Know Your Zone: When a storm is approaching, emergency managers will determine which zones are most at risk and will share information on how residents in these zones should stay safe. Depending on the emergency, being safe might mean staying at home, moving to higher ground, or traveling to a different region of the state. Know your zone!
Prepare Your Kit: An emergency kit is an essential part of preparedness. Your kit should include at least a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food, medications for at least a week, flashlights and batteries, antibacterial soap, paper towels and toilet paper, and critical paperwork. Also, make sure you have cloth face coverings, hand sanitizer, soap and surface disinfectants to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19. Find additional preparedness resources on the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website.
Before the Storm: Know Your Zone and Prepare Your Home
With Tropical Storm Isaias tracking our way, the City of Norfolk urges residents to prepare. Earlier this week, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management announced a change in the color coding for Know Your Zone. While the zone colors changed, the evacuation zones themselves did not. To review your zone, visit www.knowyourzoneva.org and enter your street address in the search bar.
Additionally, now is the time to prepare your home and family. Stock your emergency supply kit with non-perishable food, water, medications, batteries, flashlights and important documents. Have a plan for pets and make sure they are up-to-date with immunizations and medical records, ID tags and microchips.
Make sure to protect your property and check your insurance coverage. There may be a waiting period for a flood insurance policy to become effective and be aware that not all hurricane-related losses, such as flooding, are covered under traditional policies.
For Norfolk updates and information, go to www.norfolk.gov or sign up for Norfolk Alerts at www.norfolk.gov/alert. Report problems or flooded streets via the MyNorfolk app, available on the App Store or Google Play. You can also follow on Twitter at @NorfolkVA or Facebook at www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA.
Emergency Shelter Operations During COVID-19 Pandemic
- As the activity during this hurricane season has already proven to be quite active, and we have one storm – Isaias – that could impact our region early next week, the County and the City of Poquoson have been actively working to adjust shelter operations to incorporate safety measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When an emergency situation threatens that requires the opening of a shelter, the County typically opens schools as those disaster shelters. If sheltering is necessary during this hurricane season or for any emergency, the plan will include certain school facilities and potentially state-supported shelters and other resources. The County, along with all other localities in Hampton Roads, is working on contingencies and in coordination with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the American Red Cross due to the current unique situation. As is normal practice, if and when it becomes necessary to open a shelter, specific information will be shared with the public at that time. Residents should review their personal preparedness plans. Helpful information is available on the Ready York County website.
When a tropical storm or hurricane is forecast to impact our area, information and updates are posted on the County’s Emergency Alert Center located on our home page, as well as the County’s Facebook page and WYCG TV 24/7 Announcement Channel (Cox 48, Verizon 40). Media notices are sent to local television and radio stations. York County has partnered with WXGM FM 99.1 to broadcast county-specific information at a time designated by the station. Citizens are encouraged to register to receive emails or text messages from York Alert, our emergency notification system. Preparedness information for storms and other emergency situations is available on our Ready York County website