Dear Ghent Residents,
Please be safe and plan well for this event. Below are some recent notices by the City of Norfolk and Navy that you might find helpful if you plan to stay in the area during the storm. Remember to secure ALL loose items. Help your neighbors with this task, this will not only protect their property but possibly yours (& the good will might pay back to you later).
We have heard that many of our local stores will be using generators to help provide services to us after the storm.
Down Power Lines – Do not go near them. Call 911 to report and wait.
Downed Trees – Do not go near them as they could have a power line entangled within the tree.
Other Downed Lines – Do not touch as you never can be certain they are not power lines. Wait till after the storm and report them.
Emergency Contacts – Keep in contact regularly with someone OUT of the impacted area. Let people know who you will be keeping updated as to your status. Cell phones – cell service might be out or over loaded, as we saw with the recent earthquake. But most often you can continue to text. Remember to keep a charge on your phone, power off when not using.
Please ensure you and your family plan ahead. Shown below are potential
hurricane evacuation shelters for cities in our viewing area. Not all
shelters listed below will be operational during a hurricane emergency.
Local authorities activate these shelters as they are needed, allowing
citizens ample time to evacuate if they feel unsafe in their homes. Other
shelters not listed below may be opened. The attached provides additional
information for South Hampton Roads.
DO NOT GO TO A SHELTER UNLESS YOU ARE SURE IT IS OPEN!!!!
Monitor Internet, TV or radio, or contact your city’s emergency services
department for current information on which shelters are open. Remember to
bring any prescription medications with you, if necessary. Shelters do not
allow pets, alcohol, or weapons.
Blair Middle School, Booker T. Washington High School, Granby High School,
Lake Taylor Middle School Lake Taylor High School, Norview Middle School
Great Bridge High School, Hickory High School, Hugo Owens Middle School,
Indian River High School Oscar Smith High School, Thurgood Marshall
Elementary School, Western Branch High School and Carver Intermediate School
Bethel High School, Kraft Elementary School, Tucker-Capps Elementary School,
Davis Middle School Forrest Middle School
Warwick High School, Menchville High School, Hines Middle School,
Gildersleeve Middle School Hidenwood Elementary, Palmer Elementary, Sanders
Elementary, South Morrison Elementary
(During a hurricane emergency, call 393-8000 for Portsmouth shelter
information) Churchland High School, Churchland Middle School, Wilson High
School (formerly Manor), Waters Middle School
Lakeland High School, Nansemond River High School, Southwestern Elementary
School Suffolk CONT Elephants’ Fork Elementary School, Forest Glen Middle
School,John Yeates Middle School,Oakland Elementary School
Green Run High School, Salem High School
James City County/Williamsburg Community Center
5301 Longhill Road
Grafton High School
Shelter Supply Kit Services Provided in Shelter Use easy-to-carry
Backpacks, duffle bags, trash cans
Bottled Water – 1 gallon per person per day Canned or packaged ready-to-eat
foods Manual can opener, cooler First aid for cuts and abrasions Paper
plates, utensils, cups etc Portable radio, flashlight, lantern and extra
batteries Battery powered television Sanitation supplies Folding chairs,
etc, one blanket, sleeping bag, pillow per person One change of clothing and
footwear per person Quiet games, toys, books, cards
FIRST AID KIT: include prescription medications, insulin, needles, etc.
Special items for infant, elderly or disabled An extra pair of glasses or
contacts Identification, extra set of car keys, credit card, cash or
traveler’s checks Keep enough supplies to meet your needs for 3 days Amateur
radio operator Public pay telephones Confidential record of all in shelter
Some food provided by the Red Cross Police officer to provide sense of
NOT ALLOWED IN SHELTERS
Loud radios or television
Smoking, matches or lighters
Alcohol, drugs or any illegal substance Weapons of any sort: guns, knives,
** Information provided via Navy Emergency Notification
NORFOLK- City Manager Marcus D. Jones signed a declaration of emergency for the City of Norfolk this afternoon.
The City of Norfolk has upgraded its previous order and is issuing a mandatory evacuation of all residents in low-lying areas. The city urges residents to implement their hurricane plan and stay away from these areas until the storm passes. All residents in these low-lying areas need to be evacuated by 8am Saturday, August 27.
Low-lying areas are defined as residents living in the Category 1 storm surge. The city strongly urges residents living in Category 2 to leave as well. A link to the storm surge maps can be found at www.norfolk.gov. Click on the Hurricane Preparedness box on the left-hand side.
We expect heavy rains, storm surge and hurricane force winds. Roads will flood. Police, firefighters and paramedics will not be able to safely retrieve residents from these areas once the hurricane hits.
People who evacuate should stay out of the city. Evacuees should monitor weather reports, leave as soon as possible to avoid heavy traffic and stay well beyond the projected path of the hurricane.
City shelters will open Friday August 26, 2011 at 6pm. The shelters identified at this time include:
Granby High School
7101 Granby Street
Norview High School
6501 Chesapeake Blvd.
Lake Taylor Middle School
1380 Kempsville Road
Maury High School
322 Shirley Avenue
Campostella Elementary School
1106 Campostella Road
***NOTE: East Oceanview Senior Center is no longer a viable shelter. ***
Plans are underway to open additional shelters if needed. Pets are not permitted in the public shelters.
Updates and information can be found at www.norfolk.gov, Facebook and Twitter.
NORFOLK – In anticipation of flooding in low lying areas in Norfolk, residents of Norfolk will be permitted to park free of charge in the MacArthur Center Garages, Boush Street Garage, Freemason Street Garage and York Street Garage in order to protect vehicles from flooding damage beginning Friday, August 26, 2011, 6:00 PM.
Residents are asked to remove their vehicles from the garages by 6:00 AM, Monday, August 29, 2011, or as soon as the flooding subsides.