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).

Sep 28

Hurricane Ian Briefing – 4 PM 9/28/22

Posted on September 28, 2022 at 4:03 PM by Daniel Hudson

All –

The EOC just participated in another NWS/VDEM conference call briefing.  There is not much change from the earlier forecast… the forecasted track still takes Ian in an eastward direction, but is still projected to bring impacts to our area.

While winds will increase Thursday, the Hourly Graph shows steady rainfall to begin Friday afternoon and remain through Saturday with a total accumulation upward of 6”-8”.  This is a total amount expected to be spread out over time – around ½” to 1” per hour.

The latest Tide Graph shows the start of a series of high tides which will cause instances of flooding beginning Friday and are forecasted to last into Tuesday.  Again, the high tides peak Friday at 12:56 pm then Saturday at 1:16 am and 1:53 pm.  The Saturday afternoon tide gets very close to reaching the moderate flood level at 5.5’.  It’s also important to remember the rainfall will exasperate the impacts of coastal flooding.  As more information comes available, we will be sure to share.

Messaging should include the use of the WAZE app to get around the flooded roadways.

More to come.

Thanks!

Jim Redick

Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response

Sep 28

Hurricane Ian Briefing - 6:30 AM 9/28/22

Posted on September 28, 2022 at 10:03 AM by Daniel Hudson

Good morning, Team. 

Here is the latest from the NWS for Hurricane Ian.  It is good news in that the projected path of the storm continues to move eastward.  We will be cautiously optimistic that the forecast holds true while remaining vigilant and prepared to respond in case it doesn’t.

The Hourly Graph indicates when we should expect the rainfall to begin (likely Friday evening).  You can also see the extent to which the winds will be elevated which should not be a big concern other than the impact it will have on the tides.

The latest Tide Graph shows Friday’s and Saturday’s high tides, peaking at 12:56 pm and 1:16 am respectively, are in the minor flood stage.  This will cause ponding in the usual spots, but nothing of major concern and not to the level we would open garages.  This is particularly good because ODU football has a 6 pm game Saturday and thus their parking garages will not be available to residents.  ODU Emergency Manager Jared Hoernig, I appreciate again you looking into that for us and want to let you know as well that your tailgaters may experience some possible flooding with a 1:53 pm peak high tide Saturday, but traffic should not be hampered when the game lets out with low tide at 8:27 pm.

Nothing further to report at this time.  We’ll continue to monitor and keep you posted.

Thanks!

Jim Redick

Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response

May 07

Team Norfolk – Coastal Storm Update (5/7/2022 at 9 am)

Posted on May 7, 2022 at 9:19 AM by Daniel Hudson

Good morning, Team –

Please find attached this morning’s update from the NWS: Coastal Storm Briefing #2.  Today we should expect to see another period of rain beginning this afternoon/evening and winds increasing during the overnight hours.

Previous forecasts had the overnight high tide (3:46 am) at a level of concern; however, that is no longer so.  Instead, the attached Tide Graph shows Sunday afternoon’s high tide (4:21 pm) and Monday’s at 4:44 am and 4:21 pm reaching the Moderate Flood Stage at 6’.  Remember, the hours given are when the tides peak; the periods of build-up and when the water begins to recede will also be in that flood stage.  Suffice it to say, ponding will be on the road during Monday afternoon’s rush hour traffic.

Norfolk Alert messages have gone out as well as posts on the City’s social media platforms.

Also, the Resilience Office confirmed that the WAZE app is working and, through the partnership with WAZE, RISE, and FloodMapp, will always provide flood alerts where predicted and when reported.

More updates to follow.

Thanks, everyone!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Jim Redick, Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response