Emergency Preparedness and Response

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The Department of Emergency Preparedness and Response consists of two divisions which are also the central point of contact for Emergency Management and Emergency Communications (911).

May 28

Hurricane season officially starts next week. Are you prepared?

Posted on May 28, 2021 at 12:55 PM by Daniel Hudson

Hurricane season traditionally starts June 1 and runs through November 30; however, last Saturday Tropical Storm Ana formed in the Atlantic, marking the seventh straight year a named storm has formed prior to the start of the official hurricane season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting another "above-normal" 2021 season. Forecasters predict a likely range of 13 to 20 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which 6 to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) is expected. NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% confidence. 

So, there is no better time to prepare to keep your family and possessions safe than now.

Before the Storm

Secure your family:

  • Build your family’s emergency kit, including enough supplies to sustain you and your family for three days.
  • Assemble individual “go bags” for each member of your family, including pets.
  • Develop a family communication plan and test it to make sure all members understand how you will connect with each other in an emergency—tips on how to develop a plan.
  • Talk with your kids about being prepared. Learn helpful tips on how to find fun ways for children to learn to be prepared.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts and warnings. Norfolk will use all available means to notify people of an evacuation, but the best way to get the message is to register for the City’s notification system, Norfolk Alert. Registering ensures that you are notified directly in the way you prefer and receive updates after the storm has passed.
  • Know Your Zone: Find your evacuation zone. If you need assistance, please call Norfolk CARES at 757-664-6510.
  • Know your local evacuation routes. Use the evacuation map to identify places you could go. If needed, emergency shelters will be open, but these are bare minimum facilities, so be prepared to bring what you need.

Secure your home and possessions:

  • Organize important documents, including insurance policies.
  • Trim large trees around your home; anchor any fuel tanks on your property.
  • Secure your windows and doors.
  • Catalog the contents of your home by videotaping room by room.
  • Update your flood insurance if needed. Make sure you have the right amount of insurance and fill in a few key gaps in coverage.

During Hurricane Season

  • Monitor local news and weather reports.
  • Obey any evacuation orders issued by local authorities.
  • After a storm:
    • Return to the area only after authorities have declared it safe to do so.
    • Never walk or drive on flooded roads or through floodwaters.
    • Look out for downed or unstable trees or power lines.

More Information

Disaster Preparedness is a responsibility shared by all. Everyone in the community, regardless of age or ability, should take steps to ensure they are prepared for a disaster individually as well as in their neighborhood, place of work, place of worship and other activities. Visit our website for more information on how to prepare your family for hurricane season.

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator
Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response
Daniel.Hudson@Norfolk.gov


May 25

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – May 24, 2021

Posted on May 25, 2021 at 12:32 PM by Daniel Hudson

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This afternoon the Virginia Department of Health reports 673,759 total confirmed, and probable cases of COVID-19 and 11,137 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 2.8%.

Norfolk is credited with 17,819 total cases and 261 deaths with an 4.5% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 520 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 55,900 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

VDH reports that 4,554,856 people in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 3,645,000 people have been fully vaccinated.

The Commonwealth has received 8,992,425 doses of vaccine and are administering just over 50,100 doses a day.

To date in Norfolk, 143,760 people have received the vaccine and 65,470 people are fully vaccinated.

For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard.

Governor Northam Lifts Distancing and Capacity Restrictions : Starting this Friday, May 28, 2021, Governor Executive Order-79, Ending of Commonsense Public Health Restrictions Due to COVID-19 will be enacted. This order will terminate the current Seventh Amendment Executive Order 72.

With the enactment of EO-79, all physical distancing and capacity restrictions will be lifted.

However, the order states that masks are a critical tool in protecting yourself and others until you are fully vaccinated. Therefore, the order states that the commonwealth will follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance regarding indoor and outdoor mask usage.

The CDC guidance states that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

To view the complete EO-79, visit virginia.governor.gov.

For more information on this, view this week's Incident Action Plan.

FEMA Military Circle Mall Clinic: Last Saturday was FEMA’s official last day in Norfolk providing COVID-19 vaccines at the Military Circle Mall Clinic.

Over the past 8 weeks, the vaccination team administered more than 83,000 doses of COVID vaccines at the Military Circle Mall site and more than thirty additional community-based vaccination clinics in the Hampton Roads area.  A video overview of these efforts across the Hampton Roads area is available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HAHnNtYgE8 

One of the most important goals of the Military Circle Mall Community Vaccination Center was to help vaccinate the underserved and the most vulnerable communities of Hampton Roads. These communities have received more than 50% of the doses that have been administered by the Military Circle Mall Community Vaccination Center.  

The Virginia Department of Health, along with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the City of Norfolk will continue to administer second doses of the Pfizer vaccine at various clinics in the Hampton Roads area, including the Norfolk Health Department located at 830 Southampton Avenue in Norfolk, VA.

Any resident that would like to get vaccinated at a local health department can find details on locations and availability at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov/, or residents can go to the Vaccine Finder at https://www.vaccines.gov/.

Residents who received their first dose of vaccination at a Virginia Department of Health site, such as Military Circle Mall, can visit any location for their second dose that is providing the type of vaccine they received. A Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card showing proof of first vaccination must be provided. 

If you have misplaced your vaccination card, the Virginia Department of Health can send you a copy of your record. To request a copy, visit https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/immunization/immunization- record-request-form/ or call 804-864-8055.

City Offices to Close in Observance of Memorial Day: The City of Norfolk’s government offices, including City Hall, will close on Monday, May 31, in observance of Memorial Day. The closures include the offices of the Commissioner of the Revenue and the City Treasurer. Offices will reopen at regular business hours on Tuesday, June 1. 

Lifeguards on Duty: If you head to the Norfolk beaches this week, you will see lifeguards on duty, beginning Saturday, May 29 through Labor Day weekend. They will be out daily from 11 am to 6 pm.

Norfolk lifeguards are stationed at the following city park beaches:

  • Community Beach Park - 700 E. Ocean View Avenue
  • Sarah Constant Beach Park - 300 W. Ocean View Avenue 
  • Ocean View Beach Park - 100 W. Ocean View Avenue 

Parking is free at all three locations.

Are you ready to give the gift of life? There are plenty of opportunities for you to give blood this month. Be an American Red Cross Hero by donating blood to help save lives. Click here to view all blood donation opportunities in Norfolk.  If you don’t live in Norfolk, don’t worry, you can search by city and find blood drives near you.

Be safe and have a great week, everyone.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response

EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov


May 17

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update – May 17, 2021

Posted on May 17, 2021 at 3:34 PM by Daniel Hudson

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This afternoon the Virginia Department of Health reports 670,456 total confirmed, and probable cases of COVID-19 and 11,029 total deaths related to the virus in the Commonwealth.

The seven-day positivity rate, PCR only, for the Commonwealth is 3.3%.

Norfolk is credited with 17,679 total cases and 259 deaths with an 5.7% seven-day positivity rate, PCR only.

According to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association, 661 residents in Virginia are currently hospitalized due to the virus. Over 55,575 confirmed COVID-19 patients have been hospitalized and discharged.

VDH reports that 4,123,803 people in Virginia have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine. Over 3,229,380 people have been fully vaccinated.

The Commonwealth has received 8,685,535 doses of vaccine and are administering just over 41,950 doses a day.

To date in Norfolk, 135,535 people have received the vaccine and 60,946 people are fully vaccinated.

For daily vaccine summaries and totals, visit the VDH dashboard.

Governor Northam Lifts Mask Mandate: Last Friday, Governor Ralph Northam announced that Virginia’s mask mandate will align with the new guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

The updated guidelines state that fully vaccinated people do not have to wear masks in most indoor settings expect for:

  • Public Transit
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Congregate Settings

In addition, Virginia businesses can retain the ability to require masks in their establishments. Before entering a store without a mask, it is best to look for signs posted on the door or ask an employee if masks are still required on their property.

The Governor also stated that employees who work in certain business sectors—including restaurants, retail, fitness, personal care, and entertainment—must continue to wear masks unless fully vaccinated, per CDC guidance.

Those who are unvaccinated or not fully-vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks in all settings. 

Regarding public schools, Northam stated that masks will continue to be required in K-12 public school regardless of their vaccination status.

Finally, Governor Northam is encouraging all Virginians to take advantage of available COVID-19 vaccines, and he is inviting Virginians to participate in the “It’s Our Shot, Virginia: Statewide Day of Action” on Tuesday, May 18.

Virginians can take part in the Day of Action by:

  1. Signing up to be a COVID Community Ambassador. Ambassador will help share COVID-19 updates and materials from top experts and sources with their networks and in their local community. Sign up to become a COVID Community Ambassador here.
  2. Sharing your vaccination story on social media. Add a Facebook profile photo frame, upload a backdrop to your next virtual meeting, or record a short video highlighting why you chose to get vaccinated using the hashtag #VaccinateVirginia. 

Virginia has administered over 7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines. More than 4 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

For more information on this, view this week's Incident Action Plan.

Also, last week, Governor Northam announced that he’s confident both social distancing requirements and capacity limitations can be lifted on Friday, May 28. I will provide more information on this when it becomes available.

FEMA Military Circle Mall Clinic: This is FEMAs last week here at the FEMA-led Military Circle Mall Community Vaccination Center. Saturday May 22 is their official last day providing shots to Hampton Roads residents at this center.

FEMA has administered over 75,000 vaccinations. What a milestone! Thank you, FEMA, for all you have done for Norfolk and our surrounding Hampton Roads communities.

It’s not too late to get yours. FEMA is offering first and second dose Pfizer and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.

Remember, Pfizer is for people aged 12 and older and Johnson & Johnson is for people aged 18 and up.

Children aged 12-17 will need to have a parent or guardian with them at the vaccination site to receive the vaccine.

The Military Circle Mall Community Vaccination Center is a walk-in clinic, no appointments are required, and it’s open from 9 am to 7 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome; however, you can schedule an appointment ahead of time at https://www.norfolk.gov/covid19vaccine.

Those interested in getting their vaccine must bring a valid ID or any document that provides proof of name.

Who's Ready for some Baseball? Tomorrow night, FEMA and VDH will provide Norfolk Tide Baseball fans an opportunity to receive the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine during the Tides opening night game. Fans, 18 or older, can receive their J&J shot from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at the Hits at the Park entrance near the First Base gate. No appointments are necessary but pre-registration is available here.

“All fans who elect to receive their vaccine while attending the opening night game, a ticket voucher good for any 2021 Tides September home game,” said Tides General Manager Joe Gregory.

If you can’t make it that night and are still looking for a vaccine, visit  https://vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 1-877-829-4682.  

Are you ready to give the gift of life? There are plenty of opportunities for you to give blood this month. Be an American Red Cross Hero by donating blood to help save lives. Click here to view all blood donation opportunities in Norfolk.  If you don’t live in Norfolk, don’t worry, you can search by city and find blood drives near you.

Be safe and have a great week, everyone.

Daniel

Daniel Hudson, Deputy EM Coordinator

Norfolk Emergency Preparedness & Response

EOC-Plans@norfolk.gov