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).

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May 04

Team Norfolk COVID-19 Update - May 4, 2020

Posted on May 4, 2020 at 11:05 AM by Jim Redick

Team –

 Please click here for our Incident Action Plan as we enter our 9th operational period for COVID-19.  You will find there has been an accumulated total of 19,492 total cases in the Commonwealth with 2,700 hospitalizations and 684 deaths.  Norfolk is credited with 239 total cases, 45 hospitalizations and 4 deaths. 

Please note the Virginia Department of Health’s COVID-19 modeling information available at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/covid-19-data-insights/.  Also remember ODU has created a forecast model for the week available at https://vmasc.shinyapps.io/va-county-covid-forecast/.

While efforts continue in response to this pandemic, so too is planning for the recovery phase.  In fact, there have already been several planning sessions to discuss strategies and tactics; a draft plan should soon be forthcoming.  At the same time, Governor Northam’s Monday, May 4 briefing is supposed to highlight Executive Order 53 which requires the closure of various businesses until May 8 and the criteria to be used in reopening.  This should not be confused with Executive Order 55 which is the Governor’s Stay At Home Order which is in effect until June 10.

There is also focus on addressing health inequities which can be accomplished in part by tackling the Action Items of the Norfolk Department of Public Health’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).  It is in this regard I would like to recognize the Urban League of Hampton Roads who has taken on the goal of improving health literacy by supporting an important educational initiative called Healthier757.  This initiative is meant to improve the health and wellness of Hampton Roads’ citizens and the economic prosperity of our region.  As reported by Mr. Gil Bland, President and CEO of the Urban League of Hampton Roads, “Through Healthier757, citizens of Hampton Roads are provided free access to Rewards for Healthy Living, an educational platform that provides a wealth of information on COVID-19 and other important health topics such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, weight management, mental health, substance abuse, understanding health insurance, etc. We encourage you to register and create an account by going to www.rewardsforhealthyliving.com. Maybe you will be one of the three lucky monthly winners of $300!” 

This week is also Hurricane Preparedness Week, and we have received several inquiries about what we will do if a tropical storm compounds this pandemic incident.  My response: we will do the best we can, together as a team, with the resources and guidance available to us.  Pandemics and storms aren’t necessarily considerate or concerned about what we’re already dealing with.  As such, we’ll continue to work within the Team Norfolk structure currently in place for any additional threat which comes our way.  Relentless Resilience!

For those who may still be in a position to contribute time or funding, please remember our partners on the front lines working to meet some of the most basic needs of our most vulnerable neighbors!

  • Corona Aid 757 continues to provide groceries and other important supplies to our more seasoned neighbors, those who live in isolation, and others.  $20 covers the cost of one care package! Along with more donations of food, boxes, medicine (over the counter) and extra supplies for medics to check vitals, they also need face shields.  To learn more about how to donate, please contact them at CoronaAid757@gmail.com
  • Donations to the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia can be made by visiting https://foodbankonline.org/
  • Senior Services of SE VA (SSSEVA) is in need of gloves and facial masks as well as volunteer delivery drivers to deliver meals to seniors every day.
  • Volunteer Hampton Roads is looking for volunteers for meals on wheels and other services.

Let me also take this time to applaud the efforts of the COVID-19 Sewing Task Force (aka Mask Force) of Hampton Roads who's 1,275 volunteer members have hand made and delivered close to 17,000 masks to over 20 organizations! 

Thanks to everyone's collaborative efforts in ensuring critical needs are met as well as the continuance of city operations behind the scenes!  

Have a healthy and safe week!


Jim Redick, Director
Norfolk EOC