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HURRICANE FLORENCE
The storm is fast approaching and it is important that you understand how it will affect you. Governor Northam has already declared a state of emergency and issued a mandatory evacuation for Zone A as well as the Eastern Shore, beginning at 8 a.m. today. People living in mobile homes also are being told to evacuate. This storm will potentially affect nearly 19,000 households in Hampton.
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In which zone do I live?

Zones were developed  in close coordination with local emergency managers throughout Hampton Roads, the Northern Neck, the Middle Peninsula and the Eastern Shore based on the most up-to-date engineering data for the region.

Zones  are designated  A through D. Zones  provide residents with clarity on whether they should evacuate in an emergency or shelter at home, based on their physical street address and the nature of the emergency event. When a serious storm is expected to threaten or impact Virginia’s  coastal regions, state and local emergency agencies will work with local news media outlets, as well as social media channels, that will then broadcast and publish evacuation directives to the public. Evacuation zones designated A through D are in place across coastal Virginia. In the event of a storm or other emergency, residents of one or more zones may be directed to evacuate depending on tides, storm intensity, path, and other factors.

To view which zone you live in, please click the Know Your Zone link and put in your address. Hampton residents can call 311 (727-8311).
IF YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME...

You will need the following supplies when you leave your home; put them all together in a duffel bag or other large container in advance:

  • Flashlight with plenty of extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
  • First aid kit (bandages, aspirin, disinfectant swabs)
  • Prescription medications (at least a 2 weeks supply) in their original bottle, plus copies of the prescriptions.
  • Eyeglasses (with a copy of the prescription) or contacts and contact solution
  • Water (at least one gallon per person per day is recommended; more is better)
  • Foods that do not require refrigeration or cooking
  • Coolers for food storage
  • Items that infants and elderly household members may require
  • Medical equipment and devices, such as dentures, crutches, prostheses, etc.
  • Change of clothes for each household member
  • Sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow for each household member
  • Checkbook, cash in large and small bills and credit cards
  • Map of the area
  • Cell phone charger and car charger if you have one
  • Charge your laptop computer batteries
  • Digital camera, camera with film or disposable camera for before/after pictures of property
  • Books, games, toys for children
  • Disposable plates and utensils
  • Manual can opener
  • Scissors
  • Toilet Paper
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen
  • Air mattress / air pump

Examples of non-perishable food:

  • Powdered milk or evaporated milk
  • Canned meats/fish
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Jello and pudding cups
  • Canned soups
  • Dry fruit and nuts
  • Cereal
  • Crackers
  • Instant coffee/tea
  • Instant noodles

Important papers to take with you:

  • Driver's license or personal identification
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residence (deed or lease)
  • Insurance policies
  • Birth and marriage certificates
  • Stocks, bonds, and other negotiable certificates
  • Wills, deeds, and copies of recent tax returns

Protect your home.

Bring things indoors. Lawn furniture, trash cans, children's toys, garden equipment, clotheslines, hanging plants, and any other objects that may fly around and damage property should be brought indoors.

Leave trees and shrubs alone. If you did not cut away dead or diseased branches or limbs from trees and shrubs, leave them alone. Local rubbish collection services will not have time before the storm to pick anything up.

Look for potential hazards. Look for coconuts, unripened fruit, and other objects in trees around your property that could blow or break off and fly around in high winds. Cut them off and store them indoors until the storm is over.

Turn off electricity and water. Turn off electricity at the main fuse or breaker, and turn off water at the main valve.

Leave natural gas on. Unless local officials advise otherwise, leave natural gas on because you will need it for heating and cooking when you return home. If you turn gas off, a licensed professional is required to turn it back on, and it may take weeks for a professional to respond.

Turn off propane gas service. Propane tanks often become dislodged in disasters.

WHERE SHOULD I GO IF I STAY?

If you decide to stay, please know there are shelters available. Evacuation and shelter updates will be posted in the News Flash on the City of Hampton's main page.

Shelters will be established only as an emergency and temporary means of caring for people who cannot find refuge elsewhere. Wherever you go, take provisions with you. Remember, you are not a guest, you are a refugee. Help others in a shelter any way you can.

If you have no other alternative, the city shelters will open at 11 a.m. The first shelters to open will be at Phenix School, 1061 Big Bethel Rd, 23666. That will be designed for those with medical needs, as well as general population. Residents with pets can go to adjacent Bethel High School at 1067 Big Bethel Rd. (bring bedding, crates, food, etc.).

If a resident needs transportation or assistance, call 311.

We are in this together so I will continue to keep you updated with any information I receive pertaining to Hurricane Florence.

All the best, 

Delegate Jeion (ja-WAN) Ward






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